Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson (Washington)

Barry A. Nigro

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson (Washington)

Bernard (Barry) A. Nigro Jr. has been Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the US Department of Justice until October 2020. Bernard (Barry) A. Nigro Jr. is now chair of Fried Frank’s antitrust department. Mr. Nigro’s practice is focused on investigations and litigation under federal and state antitrust and unfair competition laws, including private and government litigation and criminal grand jury proceedings. He frequently handles matters relating to the clearance of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, deceptive trade practices, advertising, and unfair marketing practices. He also is expert in matters involving the defense industry and in antitrust compliance counseling and training. Mr. Nigro regularly appears before the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, state attorneys general, and Congressional offices. In 2003, Mr. Nigro left Fried Frank to join the Federal Trade Commission as Deputy Director for the Bureau of Competition, where he managed the Bureau’s merger and anticompetitive practices investigations and litigation. While at the Commission, he supervised and participated in matters involving a variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, healthcare, defense, aerospace, music, tobacco, chemicals, retail, consumer products, food, supermarkets, energy, communications, media, and high technology, among others. He also regularly briefed Congressional offices on antitrust matters. Prior to re-joining Fried Frank, Mr. Nigro was a litigation partner in the Washington, DC office of a leading international law firm. Mr. Nigro is a frequent speaker and has published numerous articles on a variety of antitrust and competition topics. He serves on the Board of Editors of Antitrust Report, was a Co-Editor of Competition and Public Policy, was a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Competition Law360, was Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Telecom Antitrust Handbook and author of Resolution Without Litigation in The Merger Review Process. Mr. Nigro is consistently recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in Antitrust, where he is described as an "excellent lawyer." He is also consistently recognized by Legal 500 in Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts: Antitrust, where he is singled out for his "insight into the underlying business and commercial issues of a transaction, and exceptional, in depth advice." Mr. Nigro is also recognized by Who’s Who Legal in Competition, and he received a commendation for Superior Service awarded by the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission.

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294 Bulletin

Barry A. Nigro, Peter Guryan, Richard C. Park The US DoJ challenges consummated $5 million merger in the voting equipment systems industry (Election Systems and Software / Premier Election Solutions)


On March 8, 2010, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (the "DOJ") and nine states announced a settlement in their challenge of Election Systems & Software Inc.’s ("ES&S") $5 million acquisition of Premier Election Solutions, Inc. and PES Holdings, Inc. ("Premier"). At the (...)

Barry A. Nigro, Theodore C. Whitehouse The US FTC requires an investing firm to relinquish voting rights for members of the board of directors and install an internal firewall before allowing the firm to acquire simultaneous interests in competing firms in gasoline terminaling services (Carlyle / Kinder Morgan)


On January 25, 2007, the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) announced a complaint challenging the acquisition of a 22.6 percent equity interest in Kinder Morgan, Inc. (“KMI”) by The Carlyle Group (“Carlyle”) and Riverstone Holdings (“Riverstone”). Simultaneously, the FTC made public an order (...)

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