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Meghan Rissmiller

Partner

Antitrust, competition and trade

Meghan Rissmiller is “well respected by regulators”, and recognised for her “strong control of detail and resilient approach”.

Who’s Who Legal – 2020

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About Meghan Rissmiller

Meghan is a partner in our antitrust, competition and trade practice, based in Washington, DC. Meghan has been representing clients in merger and non-merger investigations for over a decade before the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Meghan understands complex and high-stakes antitrust issues and can explain technical products to regulators. In addition, clients value Meghan’s ability to view US antitrust matters with an international lens.  

Meghan is experienced in counseling clients on a wide range of antitrust issues, including competitor collaborations, joint ventures, all aspects of vertical relationships, and contractual arrangements. She has also litigated antitrust cases in federal court and administrative actions.

She has significant experience in a variety of industries with a particular emphasis on technology, media and telecommunications; retail and consumer goods; chemicals; and manufacturing. Of her many skills, Meghan is best known for her ability to become fully immersed in her clients’ businesses and for providing highly tailored and thoughtful commercial advice.

Meghan is a leader in the American Bar Association's Section of Antitrust Law through her role as a Co-Chair of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee. Early in her career, Meghan clerked for the Honorable Jane R. Roth of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, giving her valuable insight into judicial thinking and how to successfully advocate for her clients.

Meghan is active in the firm’s law school and judicial clerk recruiting process. In addition, she is a member of Freshfields’ diversity committee, was co-head of the African-American Attorney Affinity Network at her prior firm, and was a 2017 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) fellow.

 

Recent work

Meghan’s experience includes advising:

  • Verizon in its $5bn sale of Verizon Media Group to Apollo.
  • Aerojet Rocketdyne in its $4.4bn sale to Lockheed Martin.
  • IBM on the divestiture of its semiconductor business to GlobalFoundries.
  • Dell on its $9.2bn divestiture of its information technology services division to NTT Data.
  • ARRIS International on its $2.1bn acquisition of Pace plc.
  • Change Healthcare on its $3.4bn JV with McKesson Technology Solutions.
  • BASF SE on its $1.2bn divestiture of its pigments business to Sun Chemical Company/DIC.
  • Amcor plc on its $6.8bn acquisition of Bemis Company.
  • BASF SE on its $2.7bn water and paper chemicals transaction with Solenis.
  • SABMillerin the US on its landmark $100bn+ sale to AB InBev.
  • Orbital Sciences Corporation on its $5bn merger of equals with Alliant Techsystems (ATK).
  • Clients across industries on various antitrust issues, including issues related to pricing, vertical agreements, joint ventures, information sharing, and consumer protection.

Qualifications

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2008
  • B.A., College of William & Mary, magna cum laude, 2003

Memberships

  • Vice Chair, Federal Civil Enforcement Committee, American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law
  • Memeber, Law360 2021 Competition Editorial Advisory Board
  • Vice Chair (former), Pricing Conduct Committee, American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law
  • Editor (former), The Antitrust Source, American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law
  • Member, Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • State of Maryland

Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Maryland Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

Awards and recognitions

  • Competition Future Leader – Who’s Who Legal 2019 – 2020