ArentFox Schiff Adds Veteran Antitrust Partner Michael Jahnke in New York

ArentFox Schiff is pleased to announce the expansion of its Antitrust & Competition practice with the addition of Partner Michael W. Jahnke. A veteran practitioner with rare strength in both transactional and litigation counseling, Michael’s practice focuses on antitrust and consumer protection issues stemming from business disputes and transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.

Michael joins the firm from Thompson Hine, where he represented clients before the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice during the merger review process to help settle or limit antitrust issues and ensure regulatory compliance. He routinely advises clients on a variety of antitrust matters, including analyzing potential issues, reviewing draft agreements and conducting due diligence, navigating regulators’ requests, and managing Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR) filings. 

“After a record year for M&A activity, anticipation is building for enhanced scrutiny of deals and an increase in the volume of requests by the FTC and DOJ. Michael’s strong ability and proven track record of addressing complex antitrust problems will be a valuable resource for our clients.”
Steven A. Cohen
Corporate & Securities Practice Co-Leader

Michael has experience with both US and international M&A transactions and a background working in a broad range of industries, including financial services, technology, energy, food and beverage, tobacco, telecommunications, and shipping and logistics. He also advises companies on supervision, regulation, and enforcement by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and claims asserted under the Lanham Act. 
In addition, Michael counsels clients with issues related to joint ventures, intellectual property licensing, compliance queries and training, exclusive dealing, and criminal investigations. 

Michael’s Experience

Examples of Michael’s work includes:

  • Advising 13 financial institutions, including six of the top 10 US bank holding companies, on antitrust issues relating to joint ventures.
  • Representing a significant international pharmaceutical company in its $900 million transfer of US marketing rights for a product.
  • Counseling a leading tobacco company in two acquisitions with a total value of approximately $25 billion.
  • Advising the third largest independent owner of LNG carriers and a leading Japanese independent power producer in their $1.4 billion acquisition of a global ocean carrier’s LNG shipping fleet. 
  • Representing a prominent medical device company in the $175 million acquisition of an international medical systems company. 
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