William H. Rooney

Partner

New York
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
787 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019-6099
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William H. Rooney is a partner in Willkie’s Litigation Department and Co-Chair of the Antitrust & Competition Practice Group.  He practices all aspects of antitrust law, including cross-border matters, before the antitrust enforcement agencies and the courts.   Bill regularly handles mergers, investigations, litigations, and counseling under the United States antitrust law and collaborates with Willkie’s European competition team in cross-border matters.

Highlights

William H. Rooney is a partner in Willkie’s Litigation Department and Co-Chair of the Antitrust & Competition Practice Group.  He practices all aspects of antitrust law, including cross-border matters, before the antitrust enforcement agencies and the courts.   Bill regularly handles mergers, investigations, litigations, and counseling under the United States antitrust law and collaborates with Willkie’s European competition team in cross-border matters.

Selected Significant Matters

Mergers

  • Silver Creek/Genesis

  • Constantia/Multi -Color Corporation

  • Bonduelle/ Ready Pac Foods

  • Dexko/KPS

  • Dormakaba/Stanley Black and Decker

  • Prime/DYK

  • FIS/SunGard

  • The Men’s Wearhouse/Joseph A. Bank

  • Hudson’s Bay Co./Saks Fifth Avenue

  • Seven Mile Capital Partners/Microporous

  • Bloomberg L.P./Bureau of National Affairs (BNA)

  • Teva/Cephalon (Europe)

  • Teva/Procter & Gamble (Europe –- OTC Joint Venture)

  • Teva/Lonza (Europe -- Biosimilar Joint Venture)

  • Teva/Ratiopharm

  • Teva/Barr

  • Pharmion/Celgene

  • TomTom/Tele Atlas

  • Mattel/Radica

  • Teva/IVAX

  • GameStop/Electronics Boutique

  • Teva/Sicor

  • Teva/Novopharm

  • CompUSA/Computer City

  • Loral/Orion

  • Loral/Skynet

  • Loral/Lockheed Martin

  • Mattel/Tyco

  • Mattel/Fisher Price

Investigations and Litigation

  • Numerous agency antitrust investigations in the United States and Europe (confidential clients and subject matters)

  • High tech investigations in Europe, the United States, and Canada

  • Represent mining company in connection with joint venture

  • US v. Third Point LLC

  • In re Modafinil Antitrust Litigation

  • Apotex v. Teva Pharmaceuticals et al

  • In re Nifedipine Antitrust Litigation

  • In re ACR Tube Litigation

  • In re Copper Tubing Antitrust Litigation

  • Private Equity Antitrust Litigation

  • In re Insurance Brokerage Antitrust Litigation

  • In re Interchange Fee Antitrust Litigation

  • American Express v. Visa USA et al.

  • Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. FDA

  • Organon Sanofi-Synthelabo LLC v. Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

  • In re Nabumetone Antitrust Litigation

  • In re Options Exchanges Antitrust Litigation

  • Coalition for Level Playing Field Robinson-Patman Litigation

  • Intervest v. Bloomberg

  • Toys "R" Us Antitrust Litigation

  • Salomon Brothers Antitrust Litigation

Selected Professional and Business Activities

Bill serves on the Executive Committee of the Antitrust Section of the New York State Bar Association and regularly contributes to the thought leadership of the bar by organizing and participating in conferences on contemporary antitrust issues.  Bill is a former Chair of the Antitrust Section of the NYSBA and of the Committee on Antitrust and Trade Regulation of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.  He is also a former Vice-Chair of Economics Committee of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association.  In 2015 and 2018, Bill served on Law360’s Competition Editorial Advisory Board.

Selected Publications and Lectures

  • William Howard Taft Lecture "After AmEx, Multi-Sided Markets, Anticompetitive Effects, and the Rule of Reason" (September 2018)

  • William Howard Taft, the Origin of the Rule of Reason, and the Actavis Challenge – Columbia Business Law Review (forthcoming)

  • Next Generation of Antitrust Scholars Conference (January 2018)

  • NYSBA Antitrust Law Section Annual Antitrust Symposium – Multi-Sided Antitrust Markets: Smoke & Mirrors or Dynamic Competition?, Moderator (December 2017)

  • William Howard Taft Lecture “The Rule of Reason in the Post-Actavis World,” Moderator (September 2017)

  • ABA CLE in the City – Antitrust Track, Chair (August 2017)

  • GCR Antitrust Law Leaders’ Forum, Speaker – Dynamic Competition Means that Every Market Has Two Sides (February 2017)

  • NYSBA Antitrust Law Section Annual Antitrust Symposium – Third Time’s The Charm? Evaluating a Reimagined Staples Acquisition of Office Depot (December 9, 2016)

  • Staples II: Shifting Burdens and Unbalanced Equities – The Antitrust Counselor (September 2016)

  • ABA Section of Antitrust Law – Corporate Counseling Committee May Antitrust Update (June 9, 2016)

  • A Call for a New Antitrust Administration: A Holistic Assessment of Dynamic Competition -- Concurrences Review (2016)

  • NYSBA Annual Meeting, Moderator and Participant – Panel on Financial Benchmarks (January 2016)

  • O’Bannon v. NCAA: Reducing the Rule of Reason Analysis to Quantitative and Commercial Benefits – Euromoneys Competition and Antitrust Expert Guide (January 2016)

  • Getting Closer? The Application of Competition Laws to Regulatory Bodies in the U.S. and the EU – Journal of European Competition Law and Practice (January 2016)

  • NYSBA Annual Antitrust Symposium, Moderator – “Next Generation Rule of Reason: Metric of Methodology” (December 2015)

  • International Generics Association, Panelist – Presentation on Reverse Payment Settlements (September 2015)

  • NYSBA Antitrust Law Section Annual Fall Symposium, Organizer – “The Antitrust Implications of Conditional Sales” (November 2014)

  • GCR Antitrust Law Leaders’ Forum, Speaker – “4-to-3 Mergers and Their Competitive Effects – Do We Have a Better Understanding?” (February 2014)

  • Competition Policy Forum, Speaker – “Settling Patent Disputes in the Pharmaceutical Industry” (October 2013)

  • NYSBA Antitrust Forum, Organizer – “Upward Price Pressure, Market Definition and Supply Mobility" (October 2011)

  • “Reverse Payment Settlements in the United States and Europe: Moving Toward an Effects-Based Approach,” CPI Antitrust Chronicle (September 2013) (co-authored)

  • “Eleventh Circuit Rejects the Strength of a Patent as a Criterion for the Legality of Reverse-Payment Settlements,” CPI Antitrust Chronicle (June 2012) (co-authored)

  • “Lessons From Delta/AirTran and U-Haul: Charting Your Own Course and Exercising Discretion Pays Dividends and Avoids Antitrust Trouble,” The Antitrust Counselor (January 2011) (co-authored)

  • “Review of Reverse‐Payment Agreements: The Agencies, the Courts, Congress, and the European Commission,” Competition Policy International (Autumn 2009) (co-authored)

Recognition, Honors & Awards

Recognitions

In 2016, Bill was honored with the William T. Lifland Award by the New York State Bar Association’s Antitrust Section in recognition of his contributions and accomplishments in the field.

Bill is listed in numerous legal publications, including Chambers USA (from 2006 forward, currently Band 2), Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders - Competition (2018), The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists (Global Competition Review 2007-2018), New York Super Lawyers -- Antitrust (Metro Edition 2007-2018), The Best Lawyers in America (2014-2019), and LMG Life Sciences (2012-2018), Competition and Antitrust Expert Guide (2018).

Publications / News / Events

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Recognition, Honors & Awards

Recognitions

In 2016, Bill was honored with the William T. Lifland Award by the New York State Bar Association’s Antitrust Section in recognition of his contributions and accomplishments in the field.

Bill is listed in numerous legal publications, including Chambers USA (from 2006 forward, currently Band 2), Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders - Competition (2018), The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists (Global Competition Review 2007-2018), New York Super Lawyers -- Antitrust (Metro Edition 2007-2018), The Best Lawyers in America (2014-2019), and LMG Life Sciences (2012-2018), Competition and Antitrust Expert Guide (2018).

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