Michael L. Weiner, Co-Leader of Dechert’s Antitrust/Competition Practice Group, provides strategic advice, resolves government investigations and effectively litigates for clients with antitrust issues in a broad range of industries.
He has significant experience in successfully completing complex merger transactions, having represented Yahoo!, Inc. in its joint venture with Microsoft, Inc., Avis in its acquisition of Budget, Genzyme in its acquistion of Ilex Oncology, Centennial Communications in its acquisition by AT&T, and Rural Cellular in its acquisition by Verizon Wireless. He is currently representing National CineMedia in the litigated challenge to its proposed acquisition of Screenvision.
In his litigation work, Mr. Weiner has represented clients in price-fixing and other antitrust class actions in a variety of industries, including insurance (AXIS Specialty Insurance Company and AXIS Surplus Insurance Company), real estate brokerage (Realogy Corp.), art auctions (Christie’s, Inc.) and magnesite (China Minmetals Corporation and China National Minerals Co., Ltd). He represented Travelport Inc. in a high-profile, bet-the-company monopolization and antitrust conspiracy lawsuit with American Airlines.
Mr. Weiner has been recognized for his work by legal referral guide Chambers USA, where he was “praised by commentators who note that ‘he is extremely knowledgeable on substantive antitrust law, and better yet, he’s easy to work with.’” Chambers USA also wrote that Mr. Weiner has won “particular acclaim” for his “M&A expertise” and is also noted for providing “thoughtful guidance” by commenters who consider him “extremely knowledgeable” and “extremely practical.” He has been named a national and New York “litigation star” in Benchmark Litigation, “recommended” in Legal 500, and listed in Chambers Global, Who’s Who Legal, International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers and Global Counsel Handbooks’ Competition Law as well as in The Best Lawyers in America. He was also featured (a number of years ago) in Global Competition Review’s “45 Under 45 Survey of International Competition Lawyers.”
He is a frequent speaker and author on a wide range of antitrust/competition issues and currently serves on the editorial board of World Competition Law and Economics Review. He is the former editorial chair of ANTITRUST magazine (1994-1998), as well as a former Council Member and Officer of the ABA’s Antitrust Section, and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Antitrust Section.
University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1976, cum laude
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1980, magna cum laude
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