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Jon Leibowitz

Former FTC Chairman. Advises on complex M&A deals, antitrust investigations and competition litigation, as well as consumer protection and privacy-related issues.

Jon focuses on the complex antitrust aspects of mergers and acquisitions as well as government and private antitrust investigations and litigation. He also advises clients in the developing areas of consumer protection and privacy law, including advocacy before Congress.

Jon was Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission from 2009 through 2013 and Commissioner from 2004 to 2009. While at the FTC, he presided over a major revision of the Horizontal Merger Guidelines in collaboration with the DOJ Antitrust Division. He also headed multiple international delegations of American government officials with counterparts on antitrust and privacy matters, including to China and the EU.

As FTC Chairman, Jon helped lead the agency’s efforts to protect the privacy of consumers and police single firm conduct. His tenure resulted in multiple Supreme Court victories involving hospital mergers, pharmaceutical competition and the State Action doctrine.

Experience highlights

Antitrust & Competition
  • Advised Comcast Corporation in connection with a number of regulatory matters and acquisitions
  • Advised Syngenta in connection with its successful defense of a $46 billion takeover proposal by Monsanto
  • Advised Syngenta in its announced $43 billion acquisition by ChemChina
  • Advised Bio-Reference Laboratories in connection with its $1.5 billion acquisition by OPKO health
  • Advised Zuffa/Ultimate Fighting Championship (“UFC”) on the antitrust aspects of its acquisition by William Morris Endeavor (“WME”)
  • Advised a global consumer products company in connection with a variety of antitrust issues and proposed acquisitions
  • Advised a client who received a third party subpoena as a major purchaser, in the proposed $6.3 billion dollar merger between Staples and Office Depot
  • Contacted a U.S. enforcement agency on behalf of an information services company to request an investigation into an industrial technology company regarding anti-competitive practices
  • Represented the board of directors of a global company into shareholder allegations that the board should have anticipated competition investigations by non-U.S. enforcement agencies
  • Regularly counsels trade associations in matters before Congress and agencies
Consumer Protection and Data Privacy
  • Advised Herbalife in connection with its $200 million settlement with the FTC relating to allegations that it engaged in unfair and deceptive acts and practices
  • Advised a manufacturing company in connection with an FTC “Made in America” investigation
  • Advised a global company in connection with an internal investigation into alleged security vulnerability
Advocacy and Public Policy
  • Routinely advises high-level executives, preparing them for testimony before Congress and other government agencies
  • Personally testifies before Congress, most recently, offering a critique of the Federal Communications Commission’s new regulatory broadband privacy proposal
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Chambers USA – Antitrust, District of Columbia
Benchmark Litigation – National and District of Columbia, Star
National Law Journal – “Cybersecurity Trailblazer,” 2016
National Law Journal – “Antitrust and M&A Trailblazer,” 2015
Washington Business Journal – “Greater Washington Legal Champion,” 2014
J.D., New York University School of Law
B.A., American History, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Phi Beta Kappa
Professional history
  • Counsel, 2020-present
  • Partner, Davis Polk, 2013-2020
  • Federal Trade Commission, 2004-2013
    • Chairman, 2009-2013
    • Commissioner, 2004-2009
  • Vice President, Congressional Affairs, Motion Picture Association of America, 2000-2004
  • Chief Counsel and Staff Director, U.S. Senate Antitrust Subcommittee, 1997-2000
  • Chief Counsel and Staff Director, U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism and Technology, 1995-1996
  • Chief Counsel and Staff Director, U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Justice, 1991-1994
  • Chief Counsel, Senator Herb Kohl, 1989-2000
  • Counsel, Senator Paul Simon 1986-1987
  • Attorney, private practice, 1984-1986
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