Dale Collins has represented numerous companies in high profile transactions, including Textron Cessna's acquisition of Beechcraft; Ardagh's acquisition of Verallia North America from Saint Gobain; SCI's acquisition of Stewart Enterprises; Citigroup's sales of EMI's Music Publishing to SonyATV and Mubadala and EMI Recorded Music to Vivendi's Universal Music Group; NASDAQ OMX's attempted hostile contested takeover of NYSE Euronext; Thomson's acquisition of Reuters; Merrill Lynch's acquisition by Bank of America, DaimlerChrysler's sale of Chrysler; Blockbuster's contested hostile takeover bid for Hollywood Video; Viacom's acquisition of CBS and its contested acquisition of Paramount; Pechiney's once hostile and ultimately friendly acquisition by Alcan; Georgia-Pacific's acquisition of Fort James and hostile acquisition of Great Northern Nekoosa; and Phelps Dodge's simultaneous hostile bids for Cyprus Amax and Asarco.
Mr Collins joined Shearman & Sterling in 1978. In 1981, he served as a White House fellow and special assistant to then vice president George HW Bush. Thereafter, Mr Collins served as a special assistant and later deputy assistant attorney general in the antitrust division under William F Baxter. Mr Collins is an adjunct professor of law at New York University School of Law and has been a visiting lecturer at Yale Law School, most recently in 2014 when he taught the main antitrust course.
Mr Collins conceived and served as editor-in-chief of Issues in Competition Law and Policy, a three-volume treatise that comprehensively surveys the issues facing modern competition law in the United States, Europe and around the world. For 15 years, he served as a committee chair, council member and officer in the ABA Section of Antitrust Law and he has chaired the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Committee of New York City Bar. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Law Institute, the American Economic Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Econometric Society.
WWL says: Described by one interviewee as "the best merger lawyer in America", Dale Collins was also characterised as a "deep thinker and an aggressive advocate for his clients"
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