Kevin Arquit, formerly the General Counsel of the FTC and the Director of its Bureau of Competition, is the head of Simpson Thacher’s Competition Practice and is praised by Chambers as “one of the great antitrust lawyers in the country.” Kevin has secured numerous approvals for some of the largest and most complex mergers, and represents clients in high-profile antitrust litigation, as well as before the FTC, the Antitrust Division of the DOJ, and numerous state and international competition authorities. He also provides a wide variety of companies with ongoing antitrust counseling. In 2014, The American Lawyer named Simpson Thacher the “Antitrust Litigation Department of the Year,” the first year it recognized firms in this category. Kevin is consistently ranked by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, The Legal 500, and Benchmark Litigation as a leader in his field. Law 360 has named him one of the “10 Most Admired Competition Attorneys” and The National Law Journal named him one of the “Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers,” one of only 40 selected. He is on the Board of the Points of Light Foundation, as well as the Board of the United States Ski and Snowboard Foundation (U.S. Ski Team).
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Lawdragon, "Legends of the 500"
Law360, “10 Most Admired Competition Attorneys”
National Law Journal, “Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers”
Chambers Global, "Global 100 Lawyers"
The Legal 500
Euromoney's Benchmark Litigation, National and New York "Litigation Star" in Antitrust
Best Lawyers, "Lawyer of the Year" in New York City Antitrust Law
The BTI "Client Service All-Star Team for Law Firms"
Cornell Law School, 1978 J.D.
St. Lawrence University, 1975 B.A.
- BNA Advisory Board on Trade Regulation, Member
- International Bar Association, Chairman, Antitrust and Trade Law Committee, 1996–2002
New York 1980
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York 1980
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit 1982
U.S. Supreme Court 1989
District of Columbia 1993
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia 1999
U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit 2001
Described as “one of the great antitrust lawyers in the country” by Chambers, Kevin Arquit is consistently recognized as one of the most prominent antitrust attorneys in the industry. He has secured numerous approvals for some of the largest and most complex mergers, and represents clients in high-profile antitrust litigation, as well as before the FTC, the Antitrust Division of the DOJ, and numerous state and international competition authorities. He also provides a wide variety of companies with ongoing antitrust counseling. Prior to joining Simpson Thacher, he held prestigious roles at the FTC including General Counsel, and then Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition.
Kevin has substantial experience in merger review and enforcement. Select representations include:
- Koninklijke Ahold N.V. (“Ahold”) in FTC review of its $29 billion merger of equals with Delhaize Group;
- Holcim Ltd. in connection with the U.S. antitrust review of its $50 billion merger with Lafarge;
- Lorillard in FTC review and clearance of its $27.4 billion sale to Reynolds American;
- DirecTV in DOJ review and clearance of its $48.5 billion sale to AT&T;
- Office Depot in obtaining clearance from the FTC in its $1.2 billion merger with OfficeMax;
- Virgin Atlantic Airways in obtaining regulatory clearance for its $360 million partial acquisition by Delta Air Lines;
- CoStar in complex merger clearance proceedings before the FTC relating to CoStar’s approximate $860 million acquisition of LoopNet;
- Tops Markets in its bankruptcy acquisition of the Penn Traffic Company’s supermarket assets;
- Sirius Satellite Radio in antitrust aspects of its $13 billion merger of equals with XM Radio;
- Adidas-Salomon AG in connection with its $3.8 billion acquisition of Reebok International Ltd.; and
- PanAmSat in its’ $3.2 billion merger with IntelSat.
He has extensive experience handling high-profile antitrust litigations. Select representations include:
- Priceline.com and Booking.com in an antitrust class action, which was dismissed, involving the online travel industry;
- Equitas in dismissing a long-running suit relating to the Donnelly Act;
- Fidelity National Financial and its family of title insurance operating companies in connection with multibillion-dollar antitrust claims;
- MasterCard in two related actions brought by American Express and Discover;
- Weyerhaeuser in a series of monopolization cases concerning its purchases of logs in the Pacific Northwest. In February 2007, the Supreme Court vacated the original jury verdict in a unanimous decision that established the standard for evaluating the legality of a predatory buying claim; and
- Chevron USA in a number of FTC investigations into gas and oil pricing in various regions of the United States.
Kevin is regularly recognized as one of the world’s top antitrust attorneys. In 2015, he was one of 50 lawyers named to the “Lawdragon 500: The Legends” list for being recognized on the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America list for ten consecutive years (2005-2015). Lawdragon wrote that Kevin is “One of the most accomplished antitrust lawyers ever and a model for public service and professionalism.” For the past nine years, he has consistently been ranked by Chambers USA and Chambers Global as a leading lawyer in his field and “one of the great antitrust lawyers in the country.” Chambers notes that peers describe him as “a phenomenal lawyer” who is “right at the top of the market,” and that sources comment “He’s a great tactician. The agencies like him and the clients love him.” The Legal 500 recently named him a leading practitioner in his field for the tenth consecutive year (2007-2016). The 2013-2016 editions of Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation identified him as a “Litigation Star” both nationally and locally, in New York, for antitrust litigation. Law360 has named him on its list of the “10 Most Admired Competition Attorneys.” In March 2010, he was named by the National Law Journal as one of the “Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers,” a list of 40 attorneys selected by the editors for legal work considered influential for pushing the profession, industry or practice area substantially forward. In 2017, Best Lawyers selected Kevin as the “Lawyer of the Year” in New York Antitrust Law and Who’s Who Legal recognized him in the inaugural edition of Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders, for Competition. In 2012, and previously in 2008, he was named on The BTI “Client Service All-Star Team for Law Firms.” He received the inaugural award for “The Chambers Shield of Excellence for Antitrust” in 2006 and similarly the “Global Competition Lawyer of the Year” by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers. Kevin has been ranked among the Chambers Global list of “Global 100 Lawyers.” Both PLC Competition Law and Global Counsel 3000 have also rated him as the leading individual competition/antitrust lawyer in New York. From 2014-2016, with Kevin serving as Co-Chair, the Firm’s Competition practice was recognized as “Antitrust Team of the Year” by Chambers USA, a “Global Elite” firm and “Top 10 Mergers Firms” by Global Competition Review, and “Antitrust Litigation Department of the Year,” by The American Lawyer.
Kevin serves on the Board of the Points of Light Foundation, the Board of the United States Ski and Snowboard Foundation (U.S. Ski Team), the Board of USA Nordic (responsible for developing in the U.S., the Nordic disciplines of ski jumping and Nordic Combined), the Board of the Adirondack Conservancy, an arm of the Nature Conservancy, and the Board of the Adirondack Council (devoted to preservation of the Adirondack wilderness).