Jonathan S. Gowdy

Jonathan S. Gowdy

Partner

Washington D.C., (202) 887-8729
Brussels, 32 23407351

Education

Duke University (B.A., 1993)
University of Florida College of Law (J.D., 1996)
King's College, University of London (P.G.Dip., EC Competition Law, 2009)

Bar Admissions

Florida
District of Columbia

Jonathan Gowdy is an experienced antitrust litigator and trusted advisor to clients involved in mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, license agreements, and other strategic commercial activities. Having practiced in Washington, D.C. and Brussels, Mr. Gowdy has in-depth knowledge of US, EU, and foreign antitrust and competition laws and substantial experience representing clients in multi-agency investigations and proceedings. He regularly advises clients on antitrust compliance issues and the development and implementation of effective compliance programs.

Mr. Gowdy has secured antitrust clearances for hundreds of mergers, acquisitions, and other strategic transactions notified to antitrust and competition law agencies in the US, EU, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan, and a host of other countries. He counsels clients on merger notification requirements and frequently represents parties subject to in-depth investigations conducted by multiple enforcement agencies. Mr. Gowdy advises clients on compliance programs and complex antitrust and competition law issues relating to a variety of commercial activities, including pricing policies and practices, standard setting activities, distribution or marketing arrangements, and competitor collaborations.

Mr. Gowdy’s experience has given him a strong understanding of the business and regulatory issues facing clients across a range of industries, including computer hardware, software and storage; consumer products, financial services, and life sciences; Internet media and services; semiconductor products and manufacturing equipment; and telecommunications equipment and services. Mr. Gowdy understands the perspective of in-house lawyers and the value of providing practical, timely, and cost efficient advice, as he previously worked for a venture firm that managed an investment fund and provided consulting services to early-stage technology companies.

Mr. Gowdy is recommended by Legal 500 U.S. 2016 and 2017 in the area of Antitrust: Merger Control and he is currently the Vice-Chair of the International Committee of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association. During law school, Mr. Gowdy worked for the Merger Task Force within the Antitrust Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. He also served as Managing Editor of the Florida Law Review, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Mr. Gowdy attended Duke University and received an athletic scholarship to play on the men’s soccer team.

Deere & Co./Precision Planting.
Represented Deere & Company in the U.S. Department of Justice litigation relating to its  proposed acquisition of Precision Planting LLC's equipment business.
Pinnacle Entertainment/Gaming Leisure Properties, Inc.
Represented Pinnacle Entertainment in the antitrust aspects of Gaming Leisure Properties Inc.’s proposed $4.75 billion acquisition of Pinnacle’s real estate assets.
Intel/Lantiq Semiconductor.
Represented Intel in obtaining international antitrust approvals for its acquisition of Lantiq, a leading supplier of broadband access and home networking technologies.
Fujitsu/Panasonic/Development Bank of Japan
Represented parties in obtaining antitrust approvals for the establishment of Socionext Inc., a joint venture company that integrated Fujitsu’s and Panasonic’s system LSI semiconductor businesses.
Intel/Tsinghua Unigroup.
Represented Intel in its $1.5 billion investment in Tsinghua Unigroup’s semiconductor business.
Pinnacle Entertainment/Ameristar Casinos.
Represented Pinnacle in its proposed $2.8 billion acquisition of Ameristar Casinos.
Sourcefire/Cisco.
Represented Sourcefire, Inc., a leader in intelligent cybersecurity solutions, in its $2.7 billion acquisition by Cisco Systems, Inc. (
McAfee/Stonesoft.
Represented McAfee, Inc., a subsidiary of Intel Corporation, in its $389 million acquisition of Stonesoft Corporation, a publicly traded Finnish company that provides next-generation network firewall and network security solutions.
Intel/ST-Ericsson.
Represented Intel in the acquisition of the global navigation satellite system (GNSS) business unit of ST-Ericsson NV.
Intel/ASML.
Represented Intel in its research and development-funding and equity-investment agreements with ASML, a Dutch chip manufacturer, totaling $4.1 billion.
Deere & Co./Precision Planting.
Represented Deere & Company in the U.S. Department of Justice litigation relating to its proposed acquisition of Precision Planting LLC's equipment business.
Pinnacle Entertainment/Gaming Leisure Properties, Inc.
Represented Pinnacle Entertainment in the antitrust aspects of Gaming Leisure Properties Inc.’s proposed $4.75 billion acquisition of Pinnacle’s real estate assets.
Intel/Lantiq Semiconductor.
Represented Intel in obtaining international antitrust approvals for its acquisition of Lantiq, a leading supplier of broadband access and home networking technologies.
Fujitsu/Panasonic/Development Bank of Japan.
Represented parties in obtaining antitrust approvals for the establishment of Socionext Inc., a joint venture company that integrated Fujitsu’s and Panasonic’s system LSI semiconductor businesses.
Intel/Tsinghua Unigroup.
Represented Intel in its $1.5 billion investment in Tsinghua Unigroup’s semiconductor business.
Pinnacle Entertainment/Ameristar Casinos.
Represented Pinnacle in its proposed $2.8 billion acquisition of Ameristar Casinos.
Sourcefire/Cisco.
Represented Sourcefire, Inc., a leader in intelligent cybersecurity solutions, in its $2.7 billion acquisition by Cisco Systems, Inc.
McAfee/Stonesoft.
Represented McAfee, Inc., a subsidiary of Intel Corporation, in its $389 million acquisition of Stonesoft Corporation, a publicly traded Finnish company that provides next-generation network firewall and network security solutions.
Intel/ST-Ericsson.
Represented Intel in the acquisition of the global navigation satellite system (GNSS) business unit of ST-Ericsson NV.
Intel/ASML.
Represented Intel in its research and development-funding and equity-investment agreements with ASML, a Dutch chip manufacturer, totaling $4.1 billion.
Intel/InterDigital.
Represented Intel in its acquisition of 1,700 patents and patent applications related to 3G, LTE, and 802.11 wireless technologies from wireless-technology developer InterDigital for $375 million.
Intel/Motorola Mobility.
Represented Intel in its acquisitions of patents and wireless technologies from Motorola Mobility.
Toshiba Tec Corporation/IBM.
Represented Toshiba Tec in its $850 million acquisition of IBM’s Retail Store Solutions business.
Western Digital/Hitachi GST.
Represented Hitachi Ltd. in its $4.8 billion sale of Hitachi GST to Western Digital.
Southwest/AirTran
Represented AirTran Holdings, Inc. before the US Department of Justice in connection with Southwest Airlines Co.’s proposed $1.4 billion acquisition of AirTran.
Lam Research/Novellus Systems
Represented Novellus in a $3.3 billion merger agreement with Lam Research Corp. 
Intel/Infineon
Represented Intel Corporation in the multi-jurisdictional antitrust review of its $1.4 billion acquisition of Infineon AG’s wireless solutions business.
Toshiba/Fujitsu
Represented both Toshiba Corporation and Fujitsu Limited in connection with the multi-jurisdictional antitrust review of Toshiba's $334 million acquisition of Fujitsu's hard disk drive business.
FDK/Sanyo Electric
Represented FDK before the European Commission and Federal Trade Commission in connection with its acquisition of battery businesses that Sanyo Electric Co. was required to divest to complete its merger with Panasonic Corporation.
Kenwood/JVC
Represented Kenwood and JVC in the international antitrust aspects of their business integration under a new joint holding company, JVC Kenwood Holdings.
Ricoh/IKON Office Solutions
Represented Ricoh Company, Ltd., Japan's second-largest maker of office machines, in its $2.4 billion acquisition of IKON Office Solutions, Inc., the world's largest independent channel for document management systems.
Genentech/Tanox
Represented Tanox Inc. before the Federal Trade Commission in its $919-million acquisition by Genentech.
Allergan/Inamed
Represented Inamed Corporation in connection with its $3.2 billion merger with Allergan and consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission.
Hewlett-Packard/Mercury Interactive
Represented Mercury Interactive Corporation before Department of Justice and European Commission in its $4.5 billion acquisition by Hewlett-Packard Company.
Oracle/PeopleSoft
Represented Oracle Corporation before the Department of Justice and European Commission in its $10.3 billion tender offer for PeopleSoft.
Hitachi/IBM
 Represented Hitachi, Ltd. in its $2 billion acquisition of IBM's hard disk drive business, and in the formation of HGST, one of the world's three largest HDD manufacturers.
Del Monte's Acquisition of Milk Bone.
Advised Del Monte Foods in connection with its $580-million acquisition of Kraft's Milk-Bone dog snack business.

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