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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.

Jesse works actively with our LGBTQ+ affinity group and serves as a member of our Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee. In 2019, he received our inaugural Inclusive Leadership Award.

Experience highlights

Selected Antitrust Representations

Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, and Chemicals
  • Aetna on its $77B sale to CVS Health
  • AstraZeneca on the $119B acquisition proposal by Pfizer
  • Bristol Myers Squibb on its $300M acquisition of IFM
  • CVS Caremark on its $1.25B acquisition of Universal American’s Medicare PDP business
  • Roche on its $4.8B acquisition of Spark Therapeutics
  • Shire on its $62B acquisition by Takeda
  • Smith & Nephew on its:
    • $1.7B acquisition of ArthroCare
    • $350M divestiture of its gynecology business to Medtronic
  • Syngenta on:
    • Its $43B acquisition by ChemChina
    • Its successful defense of a $46.5B takeover proposal by Monsanto
    • Multiple civil class actions in the crop inputs industry
  • Warner Chilcott’s $8.5B acquisition by Actavis
  • Numerous other pharmaceutical and biotech companies in major global transactions
  • Attunity on its $560M acquisition by Qlik Technologies
  • Blackbaud on its $160M acquisition of MicroEdge
  • Clarivate Analytics on its:
    • $6.8B combination with CPA Global
    • $950M acquisition of Decision Resources Group 
  • Comcast on its:
    • $37.25B joint venture with NBCUniversal
    • Acquisition of Fandango
  • RTL Group in the sale of SpotX to Magnite
  • Special committee of Tribune Publishing on its going-private acquisition by Alden Global Capital
  • 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 
    • Fibria on its $11B sale to Suzano
    • General Electric on numerous transactions relating to the sale of 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
  • ConAgra on the $2.7B sale of its private brands business to TreeHouse Foods
  • Manhattan Beer on its $250M acquisition of Windmill’s distribution rights
  • 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
  • Partner, 2016-present
  • Davis Polk since 2008
  • Washington DC office, 2010-present
  • Northern California office, 2008-2010
Qualifications and admissions
  • 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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