Shearman & Sterling (Washington)

Ben Gris

Shearman & Sterling (Washington)
Partner

Ben Gris is a partner in the Antitrust practice. Ben specializes in antitrust investigations and litigations with a focus on mergers and acquisitions. Ben joined the firm in 2018 after serving for nearly 12 years at the Federal Trade Commission, most recently spending three years as Assistant Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. During his time at the FTC, Ben served as lead investigator, manager, and/or litigator on hundreds of matters, including frequent collaboration with foreign antitrust agencies on cross-border transactions. Ben was also involved in the development of best practices for cross-border merger review and interagency cooperation. As Assistant Director, Ben was the head of the FTC’s Mergers II Division, which oversees investigation and litigation in a wide range of industries, including chemicals, automotive, semiconductors, computer hardware and software, recorded music, tobacco, fertilizers, and a variety of intermediate products. Prior to becoming Assistant Director, Ben served as a Deputy Assistant Director of the Mergers II Division from 2011-2015. Ben is also a frequent speaker at ABA, International Competition Network, and other organizational events.

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Ben Gris, David A. Higbee, Jessica K. Delbaum, Djordje Petkoski, Rachel Mossman, Ryan Shores, Jacob Coate, John Cove The US FTC sets its sights on noncompete agreements and launches its first major standalone section 5 claims

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Introduction Last week, the FTC announced two significant moves. First, the FTC brought its first major standalone Section 5 actions, targeting certain companies’ employment noncompete agreements as unfair methods of competition. The very next day, the FTC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (...)

Ben Gris, Jessica K. Delbaum, David A. Higbee, Jonathan Cheng, Jacob Coate The US FTC releases a policy statement outlining its shift away from the rule of reason

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On November 10, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a policy statement (the “Policy Statement”) radically expanding the FTC’s interpretation of prohibited “unfair methods of competition” under Section 5 of the FTC Act. According to the Policy Statement, in determining whether something (...)

David A. Higbee, Ben Gris, Jessica K. Delbaum, Ryan Shores, Djordje Petkoski, Jonathan Cheng, Noni Nelson The US DoJ carries out first large-scale crackdown on potentially unlawful interlocking directorates which leads to 7 board resignations across 5 tech companies

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On Wednesday, October 19, 2022, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) announced that seven directors resigned from their board positions because of DOJ’s concerns that holding the positions violated the Clayton Act’s prohibition on interlocking directorates. Discussed more fully (...)

David A. Higbee, Jessica K. Delbaum, Ben Gris, Jonathan Cheng, Ryan Leske, Noni Nelson, Alicia Bello The US FTC announces annual changes to the thresholds for the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976

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On January 21, 2022, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the annual changes to the thresholds for the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “HSR Act”). The official publication is expected to be released in the Federal Register on January 24, 2022. (...)

Ryan Shores, Ben Gris, David A. Higbee, Jessica K. Delbaum, Djordje Petkoski, Noni Nelson, Caitlin Hutchinson Maddox, Reena Agrawal Sahni The US President Joe Biden signs an executive order aimed at promoting competition in the American economy using antitrust laws

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What This Means for Merger Enforcement, Technology Platforms, Healthcare, Banking and Consumer Finance and Labor Markets On Friday, July 9, 2021, President Biden signed a sweeping Executive Order (and provided an accompanying FACT Sheet) with the stated goal of using existing antitrust laws (...)

David A. Higbee, Jessica K. Delbaum, Ben Gris, Jonathan Cheng The US FTC requires parties to transactions exceeding certain thresholds to file premerger notification following the reform of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act

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On February 2, 2021, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the annual changes to the thresholds for the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “HSR Act”). The new size of transaction threshold is $92 million. The new HSR Act thresholds will go into (...)

David A. Higbee, Jessica K. Delbaum, Ben Gris, Djordje Petkoski The US DoJ and US FTC issue a joint statement to outline that they are monitoring markets behavior during the global health and economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic

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The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak has, at least temporarily, reshaped the way that many companies do business. Nevertheless, companies must continue to be vigilant about compliance with the antitrust laws and understand that the U.S. antitrust agencies will continue to scrutinize their behavior (...)

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