Stephen M. Pepper advises clients on the antitrust aspects of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and competitor collaborations. He has wide-ranging experience with the antitrust pre-acquisition reporting requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act as well as the reporting requirements of foreign jurisdictions around the world. He frequently advises clients on global merger clearance strategy for international transactions, including the coordination of international merger control filings and clearance efforts. His practice routinely includes a range of complex antitrust issues, such as information exchange, intellectual property agreements, distribution agreements, and sales and marketing strategies, ensuring compliance with both domestic and international antitrust laws.
In the United States, Stephen regularly handles merger matters through Second Request substantial compliance as well as merger remedy negotiations with the agencies. He also advises clients seeking to acquire assets from parties involved in merger remedy negotiations with the agencies that are facing divestitures as a condition to clearance.
Stephen has obtained antitrust clearance from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and foreign merger control authorities for transactions in a variety of industries, including health care, biotech, transportation, commodities, telecom infrastructure, entertainment and media, engineering, software, semiconductor equipment, chemicals, retail stores, food and beverage, publishing, and consulting.
Stephen regularly writes and presents on topics related to antitrust law, and is a member of the NY City Bar Antitrust & Trade Regulation Committee.
- Hart-Scott Rodino Act
- Mergers and acquisitions