Nelson Fitts joined Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in 2000 and was named partner in 2007. He practises in the firm's antitrust department, where he focuses on analysis of competition issues in mergers, acquisitions, auctions, joint ventures, takeover defence and advocacy before federal, state and foreign antitrust authorities. In 2012, Global Competition Review named Mr Fitts one of the top 40 competition lawyers under the age of 40 worldwide.
Among other matters, Mr Fitts represented Airgas in its merger with Air Liquide; Energy Transfer in its merger with Williams; STERIS in its merger with Synergy Health; Target in the sale of its pharmacy and clinic businesses to CVS Health; Covidien in its merger with Medtronic; Lincoln Financial in the sale of its media business to Entercom; CareFusion in its acquisition by Becton, Dickinson; Cardinal Health in its generic drug purchasing JV with CVS Caremark; GTECH in its merger with International Game Technology; El Paso in its sale to Kinder Morgan; Cooper Industries in its merger with Eaton; Chicago Bridge & Iron in its acquisition of Shaw Group; Copano Energy in its sale to Kinder Morgan; MAKO Surgical in its sale to Stryker; Sunoco in its sale to Energy Transfer; Kellogg in its acquisition of Pringles; Airgas in its successful takeover defence against a hostile bid by Air Products and Chemicals; Atlas Energy in its merger with Chevron and Atlas Pipeline Partners in its merger with Targa Resources; Fidelity National Information Systems in its acquisition of Metavante Technologies; Rohm and Haas in its sale to Dow Chemical; BEA Systems in its sale to Oracle; Brown-Forman in its acquisition of Tequila Herradura; Washington Group International in its sale to URS and URS in its merger with AECOM Technology; CheckFree in its merger with Fiserv; Reynolds and Reynolds in its sale to Universal Computer Systems; ConocoPhillips in its acquisition of Burlington Resources, its spin-off of Phillip 66 and the sale of Flying J to Pilot; Maytag in its sale to Whirlpool; Valero Energy in its acquisition of Premcor and its purchases of ethanol plants; NuStar Energy in its merger with Kaneb Pipe Line Company; NeighborCare in its acquisition by Omnicare; Bank One in its merger with JP Morgan Chase; and Phillips Petroleum in its acquisition of Tosco and its merger with Conoco. He is included in Who's Who Legal.
Mr Fitts joined the firm following a clerkship for the Honorable John G Heyburn II of the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky in Louisville. He received an AB in history cum laude from Princeton University in 1996 and a JD from Columbia Law School in 1999. At Columbia, Mr Fitts was a James Kent Scholar and an editor of the Columbia Law Review.
Mr Fitts served on the antitrust and trade regulation committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York from 2004 to 2007, and is a member of the American Bar Association's antitrust section. He served on the advisory council of Woodberry Forest School in Virginia from 2007 to 2009.
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