Jesse Solomon
  1. Partner

Mr. Solomon is a partner in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department, practicing in the Washington DC office. He provides general antitrust counseling to clients, including on the competition law aspects of mergers and acquisitions, and he represents clients in antitrust investigations of transactions undertaken by the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice and develops global strategies for obtaining clearance of transactions across international jurisdictions. He has also represented clients in a variety of securities and white collar matters.

Work Highlights

Antitrust Representations
  • General Electric in numerous transactions relating to the sale of GE Capital lending units
  • Syngenta in:
    • ChemChina’s pending $43 billion acquisition of the company
    • Its successful defense of a takeover proposal by Monsanto
  • Manhattan Beer in its $250 million acquisition of Windmill Distributing’s beer brand distribution rights
  • ConAgra in the $2.7 billion sale of its private brands business to TreeHouse Foods
  • Smith & Nephew in connection with its $1.7 billion acquisition of ArthroCare
  • AstraZeneca:
    • On the U.S. antitrust aspects of the $119 billion acquisition proposal by Pfizer
    • In its $1.15 billion acquisition of Pearl Therapeutics
  • Tyson Foods in its $8.55 billion acquisition of Hillshire Brands
  • BATS Global Markets in its acquisition of Direct Edge
  • CVS Caremark in its $1.25 billion acquisition of the Medicare prescription drug business of Universal American
  • Comcast in its $37.25 billion joint venture with NBCUniversal
  • Equinix in its $689 million acquisition of Switch and Data
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

  • “Distinguished Legal Writing Award” – The 2013 Burton Awards for Legal Achievement
  • “Best Academic Mergers Article” – 2013 Antitrust Writing Awards

Mr. Solomon is a member of Davis Polk’s Antitrust Group, which was named:

  • Law360 – “Competition Group of the Year,” 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers Best Law Firms – “Law Firm of the Year,” 2013

Of Note

  • 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