Elaine Johnston is head of Allen & Overy LLP's United States antitrust practice and serves on the firm's global antitrust steering committee. She has a broad practice covering antitrust litigation, mergers and acquisitions, and antitrust counselling. She is experienced in a wide range of industries, including banking and financial services, engineering, energy, oil and gas, other natural resources, chemicals, insurance, telecommunications, defense electronics, cable, advertising, paper, health care, leisure and retail sales, agricultural products, shipping, and vitamins.
Elaine has an active practice before the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) representing merging parties in connection with mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, as well as companies in non-merger investigations. She is experienced in coordinating US, European, and other antitrust clearances globally on complex cross-border deals. She has handled deals for ABB, Agfa-Gevaert, Computershare, CoreLogic, Deutsche Bank, DTCC, Experian, First American, Metso, Mubadala, Nortel Networks, Raytheon, Saudi Aramco, Thomson Reuters, Tyco, Visa International and Volvo, among others. Elaine has an active antitrust litigation practice and represented the Belarusian Potash Company, Experian and Saudi Aramco in recent cases. In addition, she regularly advises companies on business conduct, including worldwide distribution and licensing arrangements, patent pools, information exchanges and benchmarking; and represents companies facing conduct investigations by US government antitrust authorities and parallel proceedings in other jurisdictions.
Her recent experience includes advising: CoreLogic on its pending US$661 million acquisition of Marshall & Swift/Boeckh and DataQuick Information Systems; Novartis on the sale of its Diagnostics Unit to Grifols, a Spanish multinational pharmaceutical and chemical company, for US$1.7 billion; Alliance Boots on its joint investment with Walgreens of up to approximately US$2.5 billion in AmerisourceBergen and related 3-way strategic partnership; Thomson Reuters on the US$390 million sale of its market-leading Corporate Services business to NASDAQ OMX; Mubadala Development Company on its joint acquisition of EMI Group's music publishing businesses (as part of the Sony consortium) for a combined US$2.2 billion; Computershare Limited on its US$ 550 million acquisition of the Shareowner Services Business of The Bank of New York Mellon, a combination of two major competitors; and Nortel Networks on antitrust issues relating to the sale of its patent portfolio at auction for US$ 4.5billion.
Elaine is a member of the American Bar Association (antitrust section) and the New York State Bar Association (executive committee, antitrust law section). She served on the editorial board of the ABA's Competition Laws Outside the United States, and is a former associate editor of the Antitrust Law Journal and a former member of the antitrust and trade regulation committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She is a frequent speaker at antitrust conferences and seminars.
Elaine received her LLM from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was a Fulbright Scholar, and her BA (Hons) and MA from Clare College, Cambridge University, UK.
Allen & Overy's antitrust and competition team comprises over 100 specialists located across Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States. The firm advises corporates and financial institutions on their global antitrust policies, litigation and regulatory strategies and has acted on some of the most high-profile and complex cases in recent years.
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