Matthew J. Reilly is a Partner in our Washington, D.C. office. Matt’s practice focuses on a wide range of antitrust matters, including antitrust litigation, complex transactions and antitrust counseling and government investigations.
Matt is a former Assistant Director of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Bureau of Competition. In this role, he served for five years as the head of the FTC’s Mergers IV division, where he led numerous investigations and oversaw the FTC’s litigation efforts in industries such as hospitals, supermarkets and other retailers, and a variety of consumer products. Previously Matt served as Deputy Assistant Director for the FTC’s Mergers I division, overseeing investigations and litigation involving mergers in industries such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology, over-the-counter products, defense, aerospace, industrial goods, energy, consumer goods and food products. As one of the federal government’s leading trial lawyers for more than a decade, Matt served as first-chair litigator representing the FTC in numerous high-profile antitrust trials. Matt most recently led the FTC’s investigations and served as the lead litigator for the FTC in OSF Healthcare/Rockford Memorial Hospital, ProMedica/St. Luke’s, Phoebe Putney/Palmyra, Inova/Prince William, and Whole Foods/Wild Oats. Among many other awards received during his tenure at the FTC, Matt was awarded the FTC’s highest honor, the Chairman’s Award, as recognition for numerous successes in high-profile litigations. Matt is a frequent lecturer on a wide range of substantive antitrust and litigation topics.
Matt’s recent merger and antitrust counseling experience includes representing:
- Office Depot in obtaining clearance from the FTC after an investigation and Second Request in connection with its merger with OfficeMax;
- Siris in securing antitrust clearance for the $780 million acquisition of Tekelec by Oracle;
- Abbott Medical Optics in successfully obtaining clearance from the FTC in its acquisition of OptiMedica;
- Amgen in providing antitrust counseling and guidance;
- A major transportation company from China in a criminal antitrust investigation by the DOJ involving alleged pricing-fixing and currency exchange manipulation;
- Sears in providing antitrust counseling and guidance;
- HCA Inc. in obtaining antitrust clearance from the FTC for its acquisition of three IASIS hospitals in Florida;
- Best Buy in providing antitrust counseling and guidance;
- Sirius in obtaining antitrust clearance for its acquisition of Agero, Inc.’s connected vehicle services division; and
- United Supermarkets in obtaining clearance from the FTC for its acquisition by Albertson’s LLC.
Matt’s recent litigation experience includes representing:
- International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) in a multi-district antitrust litigation brought by buy-side participants in the credit default swaps (CDS) market;
- Comdata in defending against a putative class action antitrust litigation brought by independent truck stops alleging a conspiracy to charge supra-competitive prices in the fleet card trucking market;
- Yingli Green Energy in an antitrust litigation brought by Solyndra alleging price-fixing in the solar panel market;
- Several major Asian auto parts manufacturers in criminal antitrust investigations by the DOJ and related investigations by the European Commission;
- HCA Inc. and HCA-HealthONE LLC in a private antitrust litigation alleging that HCA and HealthONE engaged in anticompetitive measures to drive four firms out of the market for outpatient surgical services;
- Kintetsu World Express in a civil antitrust litigation action alleging a conspiracy to restrain trade; and
- Stanley in two private actions alleging a conspiracy to fix, raise, maintain and/or stabilize prices, and allocate market shares for Automotive Lamps.
Matt is recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USA, The Legal 500, and Euromoney's Benchmark Litigation. He was also recently recognized by The National Law Journal as one of the “Top Outside Counsel” to America’s Outstanding General Counsel, nominated for his representation of Office Depot in obtaining antitrust clearance in connection with its $1.2b merger with OfficeMax.
Matt earned his J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995, his M.A. from Duke University, Sanford Institute of Public Policy, in 1991, where he graduated first in his class, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Colby College in 1988, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.