Ronan P. Harty
  1. Partner

Mr. Harty, a partner in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department, provides general antitrust counseling to U.S. and non-U.S. companies and represents clients in enforcement agency investigations, domestic and cross-border acquisitions and joint ventures, and litigations.

Work Highlights

Representations
  • Ingersoll-Rand in the pending combination of its Industrial Division with Gardner Denver
  • Ferrero International in various acquisitions, including its acquisition of the Keebler business from Kellogg, and the acquisition of Nestle’s U.S. confectionary business
  • Genuine Parts in the proposed acquisition of its S.P. Richards business with Essendant
  • Services Group of America in its acquisition by U.S. Foods
  • Home Shopping Network in its acquisition by QVC
  • Hoffmann-La Roche in numerous acquisitions, including, most recently, its proposed $4.5 billion acquisition of Spark Therapeutics
  • Syngenta in its acquisition by ChemChina
  • Advanced Semiconductor Engineering in its proposed acquisition of Silicon Industries Precision Co.
  • Syngenta in its defense of a takeover proposal by Monsanto
  • Emerson Electric in numerous acquisitions since 1986
  • Citigroup in its sale of its OneMain business to Springleaf
  • Tyson Foods in its acquisition of Hillshire Brands
  • Nippon Express in connection with the Department of Justice's investigation of price-fixing in the freight forwarding business, and subsequent class action litigation 
  • Daiichi Sankyo in its sale of Ranbaxy
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers in its acquisition of Booz & Company
  • BATS Global Markets in its acquisition of Direct Edge
  • Maidenform Brands in its acquisition by Hanesbrands
  • H.J. Heinz in its acquisition by 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway
  • ConAgra in its acquisition of Ralcorp
  • CNOOC Limited in its acquisition of Nexen, Inc.
  • Daikin Industries Ltd. in its acquisition of air conditioner manufacturer Goodman Global Inc.
  • National Express in its acquisition of Petermann Inc.
  • VF Corporation in its acquisition of Timberland
  • The Kingdom of Sweden in the sale of Absolut Vodka and other brands to Pernod Ricard
  • Gillette in its acquisition by Procter & Gamble
  • FirstGroup in its acquisition of the school bus services business of Laidlaw
  • CVS in its acquisitions of Eckerd Drugs, Revco, Arbor Drugs and its acquisition of Albertson’s freestanding drug stores

Recognition

Mr. Harty is consistently recognized for his work in the legal industry:

  • Chambers Global – Competition/Antitrust
  • Chambers USA – Band 1: Antitrust
  • The Legal 500 U.S. – Leading Lawyer; Antitrust: Merger Control
  • Global Competition Review
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Who’s Who Legal – International; Competition; 2018 Thought Leaders: Competition 
  • The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement – “Distinguished Legal Writing Award,” 2013
  • Antitrust Writing Awards – “Best Academic Mergers Article,” 2013

Mr. Harty is a member of Davis Polk’s Antitrust Group, which is recognized by:

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

Of Note

Memberships
  • Editorial Board Chair, Antitrust Law Developments (Ninth) (Forthcoming), Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association
  • Board Member, Legal Services NYC (September 2018 - present)
  • Author, The Guide to Merger Remedies Global Competition Review (2019) (Second Edition)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Matthew Bender’s publication Antitrust Report
  • Former Trustee, Board of Trustees, Packer Collegiate Institute (Chair, 2012-2016)
  • Former Co-Chair, Antitrust Committee, International Bar Association
  • Former Co-Chair, International Committee of the Antitrust Law Section, American Bar Association 
  • Former Council Member, Legal Practice Division, International Bar Association
  • Former Editorial Co-Chair, 2002 Annual Review of Antitrust Law Developments, American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section
  • Editorial Co-Chair, 2015 Mergers and Acquisitions: Understanding the Antitrust Issues, American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section
  • Former Co-Chair, International Antitrust Committee of the Section of International Law and Practice, American Bar Association

Professional History

  • Partner, 1994-present
  • Associate, 1986-1994
  • Assistant (Stagiaire) in the cabinet of Sir Leon Brittan, Vice President of the European Commission Responsible for Competition Policy, 1991

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. New York
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. New York

Education

  • BCL, University College Dublin, Sutherland School of Law, 1984
    • First Class Honours
  • LL.M., University of Michigan Law School, 1986
    • Cook Fellowship for Legal Research