Jesse Solomon
  1. Partner

Mr. Solomon is a partner in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department, practicing in the Washington DC office.  Named a 2019 D.C. Rising Star by the National Law Journal, a “next-generation lawyer” by Legal 500 U.S. and nominated by Global Competition Review as 2018’s “Lawyer of the Year (Under 40),” Mr. Solomon regularly advises clients on the competition law aspects of complex and high-profile mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures.  In that vein, he frequently develops global strategies for obtaining competition clearance of transactions across international jurisdictions, with particular experience in transactions in the healthcare, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, technology, and consumer products industries.  He routinely represents clients in antitrust investigations of transactions and conduct matters before the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Mr. Solomon works actively with the LGBTQ+ affinity group at Davis Polk and in 2019 received Davis Polk’s inaugural Inclusive Leadership Award in recognition of his impact on advancing diversity and inclusion efforts at the firm.  

Work Highlights

Selected Antitrust Representations

Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, and Chemicals
  • Aetna on its $77B sale to CVS Health
  • AstraZeneca:
    • On the U.S. antitrust aspects of the $119B acquisition proposal by Pfizer
    • On its $1.15B acquisition of Pearl Therapeutics
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb on its $300M acquisition of IFM
  • CVS Caremark on its $1.25B acquisition of the Medicare prescription drug business of Universal American
  • Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corp. on its $1.1B acquisition of NeuroDerm
  • Prosensa on its $680M sale to BioMarin
  • Roche on its $4.8B acquisition of Spark Therapeutics
  • Smith & Nephew:
    • On its $1.7B acquisition of ArthroCare Corp.
    • On its $350M divestiture of its gynecology business to Medtronic Corp.
  • Syngenta on:
    • ChemChina’s $43B acquisition of the company
    • Its successful defense of a $46.5B takeover proposal by Monsanto 
  • Warner Chilcott’s $8.5B acquisition by Actavis
Technology
  • Attunity Ltd. on its $560M acquisition by Qlik Technologies Inc.
  • Blackbaud on its $160M acquisition of MicroEdge
  • Comcast on its $37.25B joint venture with NBCUniversal
  • Comcast on its acquisition of Fandango
  • Equinix on its $689M acquisition of Switch and Data
  • Millicom International Cellular S.A. on its $1.65 billion acquisition of the entire share capital of Telefónica Móviles Panamá, S.A., Telefónica de Costa Rica TC, S.A. and Telefonía Celular de Nicaragua, S.A.
  • Uniti Group on the divestiture purchase of assets sold by CenturyLink in connection with its acquisition of Level 3
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 (ARI)
    • Volkswagen Truck & Bus on its $250M joint venture with 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 Distributing’s beer brand distribution rights
  • Tyson Foods on its $8.55B acquisition of Hillshire Brands
Financial and Consulting Services
  • BATS Global Markets on its $3.4B sale to CBOE Global Markets
  • BATS Global Markets on its acquisition of Direct Edge
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers on its sale of its public sector government consulting practice
Other Notable Matters
  • The board of directors of Direct Edge in connection with an SEC multidisciplinary inquiry relating to potential violations concerning technology, information security, securities compliance and governance

Recognition

 Mr. Solomon is consistently recognized as a leader in the legal industry:

  • The National Law Journal – "DC Rising Stars," 2019
  • The Capitol Forum – “Antitrust Thought Leaders” Interview Series, 2019
  • The Legal 500 U.S. "Next-Generation Lawyer: Antitrust Merger Control," 2018
  • Global Competition Review – "Lawyer of the Year (Under 40)" Nominee, 2018
  • Antitrust Writing Awards"Best Academic Asian Antitrust Article" Nominee, 2017
  • Antitrust Writing Awards – "Best Business Asian Antitrust Article" Nominee, 2017
  • The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement – "Distinguished Legal Writing Award" Winner, 2013
  • Antitrust Writing Awards – "Best Academic Mergers Article" Winner, 2013

Of Note

  • Associate Editor, Antitrust Law Journal
  • Author of articles for a variety of antitrust publications, including Antitrust Magazine, Concurrences, and numerous American Bar Association publications
  • Member, Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association

Professional History

  • Davis Polk since 2008
  • Partner, 2016-present
  • Northern California office, 2008-2010
  • Washington DC office, 2010-present

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • State of California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, N.D. California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

Education

  • B.A., English Literature, Emory University, 2001
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Robert W. Woodruff Scholar
    • summa cum laude
  • M.A., English Literature, Emory University, 2001
    • summa cum laude
  • J.D., UC Berkeley School of Law, 2008
    • Order of the Coif
    • Senior Notes and Comments Editor, California Law Review

Languages

  • French