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Jesse Solomon


Guides clients in securing U.S. and worldwide competition clearances for complex transactions, including in pharmaceuticals, healthcare and technology.

Jesse is recognized as a prominent antitrust practitioner by Chambers USA, Legal 500 U.S. and Global Competition Review and was named a “D.C. Rising Star” by the National Law Journal.

He routinely represents clients in antitrust investigations of complex, high-profile transactions and in non-merger conduct investigations before the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. In his M&A advisory practice, Jesse develops global strategies for obtaining competition clearance of transactions across international jurisdictions, with particular experience in transactions in the pharmaceuticals, healthcare, technology, chemicals and consumer products industries. He has been the lead partner for clients in some of the largest and most challenging antitrust investigations in recent history.

Experience highlights

Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, and Chemicals
  • Aetna on its $77B sale to CVS Health
  • CVS Caremark on its $1.25B acquisition of Universal American’s Medicare PDP business
  • PracticeTek on its merger with Integrated Practice Solutions
  • PJT Partners regarding Amgen’s $28.5 billion Horizon Therapeutics acquisition
  • Roche on its $4.8B acquisition of Spark Therapeutics
  • Shire on its $62B acquisition by Takeda
  • Syngenta on:
    • Its $43B acquisition by ChemChina
    • Its successful defense of a $46.5B takeover proposal by Monsanto
    • Antitrust lawsuits by the FTC, numerous state attorneys general, and multiple civil class actions regarding the crop inputs industry and loyalty rebate programs
  • Warner Chilcott’s $8.5B acquisition by Actavis
  • Numerous other pharmaceutical and biotech companies in major global transactions
Media & Technology
  • Clarivate Analytics on its:
    • FTC clearance of its $5.3 billion acquisition of ProQuest
    • $6.8B combination with CPA Global
    • $950M acquisition of Decision Resources Group
  • ICM Partners on its acquisition of Creative Artists Agency following a lengthy DOJ review
  • Nuvei on its $1.3 billion acquisition of Paya Holdings
  • RTL Group in the sale of SpotX to Magnite
  • Uniti Group on the divestiture purchase of assets sold by CenturyLink in connection with its acquisition of Level 3
  • A major technology company in parallel investigations by the FTC, DOJ and nearly 50 states
Industrial Businesses and Transportation
  • Bridgepoint on the sale of DMC Power to Golden Gate Capital
  • Fibria on its $11B sale to Suzano
  • General Electric on numerous transactions selling GE Capital lending units
  • The Greenbrier Companies on its $400M acquisition of American Railcar Industries
  • TRATON (formerly Volkswagen Truck & Bus) on its:
    • $250M joint venture with Navistar
    • $3.7B acquisition of Navistar
Consumer Products
  • Campbell Soup on its $2.7 billion acquisition of Sovos Brands
  • ConAgra on the $2.7B sale of its private brands business to TreeHouse Foods
  • Tyson Foods on its $8.55B acquisition of Hillshire Brands
  • A leading consumer products company in several acquisitions of beverage and nutrition businesses
Financial and Consulting Services
  • BATS Global Markets on its:
    • $3.4B sale to CBOE Global Markets
    • Acquisition of Direct Edge
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers on its sale of its public sector government consulting practice
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Chambers USA – Antitrust, District of Columbia

National Law Journal – “D.C. Rising Star,” 2019

Legal 500 U.S. – Antitrust: Merger Control, Next Generation Partner

Global Competition Review – “Lawyer of the Year (Under 40)” Nominee, 2018

Burton Awards for Legal Achievement – “Distinguished Legal Writing Award,” 2013

Antitrust Writing Awards – “Best Academic Mergers Article,” 2013

J.D., UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Order of the Coif
  • Senior Notes and Comments Editor, California Law Review
M.A., English Literature, Emory University
  • summa cum laude
B.A., English Literature, Emory University
  • summa cum laude
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Robert W. Woodruff Scholar
Professional history
  • Davis Polk since 2008
  • Washington DC office, 2010-present
  • Northern California office, 2008-2010
Qualifications and admissions
  • Brussels B-List
  • District of Columbia
  • State of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, N.D. California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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