Vinson & Elkins (Washington)

Hill Wellford

Vinson & Elkins (Washington)

Hill Wellford is a partner and co-head of Vinson & Elkins’ Antitrust group, Washington office. Since leaving the DOJ Antitrust Division for private practice, he has focused on matters in energy, technology, pharmaceuticals, media, and heavy industry, both in the U.S. and internationally. Chambers USA has called him “very strong” in antitrust and “one to watch.” Hill’s practice includes matters in the United States and worldwide. He files dozens of “merger control” notifications yearly under the U.S. Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (HSR Act) and parallel international laws. His non-deal work includes advising clients on some of the most hot-button current antitrust issues—including platforms/two sided markets, ESG/sustainability collaborations, and energy transition—as well as government civil conduct investigations and cartel and criminal investigations. He also counsels third parties involved in merger divestitures and has been appointed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to represent agency-installed divestiture monitors and trustees. Hill is a longtime leader in the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust, where he is a member of the International Comments Committee, co-chaired the Dominance Divergence Task Force that issued a landmark 2019 report, and served a three-year term on the section’s governing Council. His government service included several positions in the DOJ Antitrust Division in Washington, DC, including Chief of Staff, trial attorney, investigator and Legal Policy counsel. He obtained the highest security clearances for classified information and restricted data (nuclear weapons and energy), including TS/RD. At DOJ, he also worked with the OECD, ICN, and foreign agencies, particularly focused on Asia, on matters of international trade.

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Darren Tucker, Hill Wellford, Evan Miller, Rami Abdallah E. Rashmawi The US FTC files an action to block the acquisition of a virtual reality app developer by a social media giant (Meta / Within)


On July 27, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) voted 3-2 to sue in federal district court to block Meta Platforms, Inc.’s (“Meta”) acquisition of Within Unlimited, Inc. (“Within”), a virtual reality (“VR”) app developer. In authorizing the complaint, the commissioners took the unusual (...)


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