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Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Michael Byowitz enjoys a strong international reputation for his work in competition, where his expertise spans M&A proceedings and investigations. 


Michael H Byowitz is of counsel at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz specialising in antitrust and competition law. He represents multinational corporations on major domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate takeovers at the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general in the United States. He also consults on antitrust investigations in the European Union, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela and many other countries. He has served as antitrust counsel on many major matters including, among others, for United Technologies in acquiring Goodrich; Novartis in acquiring Alcon; and Maytag in its acquisition by Whirlpool.

Mr Byowitz is a frequent speaker on antitrust issues in the US and abroad. He is consistently ranked among leading antitrust specialists in peer reviews including Global Competition Review, Who’s Who Legal, Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers and Chambers.

Mr Byowitz received an AB (1973) from Columbia College and a JD (1976) from New York University School of Law (Order of the Coif and editor of New York University Law Review). Before joining Wachtell Lipton (1983), Mr Byowitz served as senior trial attorney with the antitrust division, US Department of Justice.

Mr Byowitz has long been active in the American Bar Association.  He serves as delegate-at-large to the ABA House of Delegates, having previously served in the House for the section of international law and the NY State Bar Association. He is a member of the Committee on Issues of Significance to the Legal Profession. Mr Byowitz is chair-elect of the fellows of the American Bar Foundation, was previously New York State co-chair of the fellows, and has received the Outstanding State Co-Chair Award. He is presently a member of the ABA’s presidential appointment committee. Mr Byowitz is a member (and chairs the international subcommittee) of the ABA standing committee on membership, and served on a presidential task force on federal pleading standards. He has served as chair of the ABA section of international law, as well as three of its divisions; chair of the international antitrust law committee; and co-chair of its international pro bono committee.  He has received the Section’s Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Mr Byowitz was active in the New York City Bar over many years, serving on its executive committee (and as chair of its subcommittee, evaluating Elena Kagan's nomination to the US Supreme Court). He has chaired its council on international affairs and its antitrust and trade regulation committee.

Mr Byowitz is an honorary lifetime member of AIJA (the International Young Lawyers Association).

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