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Ronan P. Harty
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
  • 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
  • Citigroup in its sale of its OneMain business to Springleaf
  • Bioreference Labs in its acquisition by OPKO Health
  • 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 
  • Smith & Nephew in its acquisition of Arthrocare
  • 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
  • Comcast in its joint venture with NBCUniversal
  • 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
  • Hoffmann-La Roche in numerous acquisitions
  • The merger of J.P. Morgan and Chase Manhattan

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

  • 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
  • Co-Chair, Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association
  • Member, Editorial Board, Matthew Bender’s publication Antitrust Report
  • 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 Member, Editorial Board, Antitrust Law Developments (Fifth), American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section
  • 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

Contact

  • 450 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY
    10017
    P: +1 212 450 4870
    F: +1 212 701 5870

Bar Admissions

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

Education

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