Jonathan S. Gowdy

Jonathan S. Gowdy

Partner

Washington D.C., (202) 887-8729

Education

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

Bar Admissions

Florida
District of Columbia

Jonathan Gowdy is a trusted advisor and effective litigator for clients in a broad range of industries. Mr. Gowdy has substantial experience providing strategic advice to clients involved in mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, license agreements, and other commercial activities that raise complex antitrust issues. While working in Washington, D.C. and Brussels, he has successfully resolved numerous US, EU, and international antitrust agency investigations, and when necessary, effectively litigated on behalf of clients before US courts. Mr. Gowdy also regularly advises clients on implementing and maintaining compliance policies and programs.

Mr. Gowdy has secured antitrust clearances from US and international antitrust agencies for hundreds of transactions. He counsels clients on merger notification requirements and regularly represents parties subject to in-depth agency investigations and competition law issues relating to pricing practices, standard setting activities, distribution or marketing arrangements, and competitor collaborations.

Mr. Gowdy has developed a strong understanding of the business and regulatory issues facing clients across a range of industries, including agriculture, computing, communications, consumer product, Internet services, industrial, life sciences, semiconductor, software, storage products and manufacturing equipment; and telecommunications equipment and services. Based on his prior in-house counsel experience at a venture firm managing an investment fund and providing consulting services to early-stage technology companies, Mr. Gowdy understands the value clients place on receiving practical, timely, and cost-efficient advice.

Mr. Gowdy is recommended by Legal 500 U.S. in the area of Antitrust: Merger Control and currently serves on the International Committee of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association. During law school, Mr. Gowdy worked at 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. He is a volunteer member of the US Soccer Foundation's DC Leadership Council and an Age Group Commissioner for the Arlington Soccer Association.

  • Renesas.  Represented Renesas in the U.S. and international antitrust aspects of its $6.7 billion acquisition of Integrated Device Technology and its $3.2 billion acquisition of Intersil. 
  • Pounding Mill Quarry Corp.  Represented Pounding Mill in the sale of four rock quarries to CRH plc and CRH Americas Materials, Inc. and the negotiation of a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice. 
  • Deere & Co. Represented John Deere in the U.S. Department of Justice investigation and litigation relating to the proposed acquisition of Precision Planting LLC.
  • Pinnacle Entertainment.  Represented Pinnacle in its $2.8 billion acquisition of Ameristar Casinos and the sale of its real estate assets to Gaming Leisure Properties Inc. for $4.75 billion.
  • McAfee.  Represented McAfee in its acquisitions of Skyhigh Networks, a leading cloud access security broker (2017), and Stonesoft, a Finnish network firewall and network security solutions provider.
  • Hitachi.  Represented Hitachi Ltd. in securing antitrust clearances for the $4.8 billion sale of HGST to Western Digital, the $2 billion acquisition of IBM's hard disk drive business, and the $1.245 billion acquisition of air compressor manufacturer, Sullair, from Accudyne Industries.
  • Inamed.  Represented Inamed Corporation in connection with its $3.2 billion merger with Allergan and consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Oracle.  Represented Oracle Corporation before the Department of Justice and European Commission in its $10.3 billion tender offer for PeopleSoft.
  • Toshiba. Represented both Toshiba and Fujitsu in connection with the U.S. and international antitrust aspects of Toshiba's $334 million acquisition of Fujitsu's hard disk drive business and Toshiba Tec in its $850 million acquisition of IBM’s Retail Store Solutions business.
  • 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.
  • Intel Corporation.  Represented Intel in numerous acquisitions, including:
    • Lantiq Semiconductor: Acquisition of supplier of broadband access and home networking technologies.
    • Tsinghua Unigroup: $1.5 billion investment in Tsinghua Unigroup’s semiconductor business.
    • ST-Ericsson: Acquisition of the global navigation satellite system business unit of ST-Ericsson NV.
    • ASML: R&D funding and equity-investment agreements totaling $4.1 billion.
    • Interdigital: Acquisition of patents related to 3G, LTE, and 802.11 wireless technologies for $375 million.
    • Motorola Mobility: Acquisition of patents and wireless technologies from Motorola Mobility.
    • Infineon: $1.4 billion acquisition of Infineon AG’s wireless solutions business.
  • Fujitsu.  Represented Fujitsu, Panasonic, and the Development Bank of Japan in the establishment of a Socionext, a joint venture integrating Fujitsu’s and Panasonic’s system LSI semiconductor businesses.

Renesas.
Represented Renesas in the U.S. and international antitrust aspects of its $6.7 billion acquisition of Integrated Device Technology and its $3.2 billion acquisition of Intersil.


Pounding Mill Quarry Corp.
Represented Pounding Mill in the sale of four rock quarries to CRH plc and CRH Americas Materials, Inc. and the negotiation of a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice.


Deere & Co.
Represented John Deere in the U.S. Department of Justice investigation and litigation relating to the proposed acquisition of Precision Planting LLC.


Pinnacle Entertainment.
Represented Pinnacle in its $2.8 billion acquisition of Ameristar Casinos and the sale of its real estate assets to Gaming Leisure Properties Inc. for $4.75 billion.


McAfee. 
Represented McAfee in its acquisitions of Skyhigh Networks, a leading cloud access security broker (2017), and Stonesoft, a Finnish network firewall and network security solutions provider.


Hitachi.
Represented Hitachi Ltd. in securing antitrust clearances for the $4.8 billion sale of HGST to Western Digital, the $2 billion acquisition of IBM's hard disk drive business, and the $1.245 billion acquisition of air compressor manufacturer, Sullair, from Accudyne Industries.


Inamed.
Represented Inamed Corporation in connection with its $3.2 billion merger with Allergan and consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission.


Oracle.
Represented Oracle Corporation before the Department of Justice and European Commission in its $10.3 billion tender offer for PeopleSoft.


Toshiba.
Represented both Toshiba and Fujitsu in connection with the U.S. and international antitrust aspects of Toshiba's $334 million acquisition of Fujitsu's hard disk drive business and Toshiba Tec in its $850 million acquisition of IBM’s Retail Store Solutions business.


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.


Intel Corporation.
Represented Intel in numerous acquisitions, including:

  • Lantiq Semiconductor: Acquisition of supplier of broadband access and home networking technologies.
  • Tsinghua Unigroup: $1.5 billion investment in Tsinghua Unigroup’s semiconductor business.
  • ST-Ericsson: Acquisition of the global navigation satellite system business unit of ST-Ericsson NV.
  • ASML: R&D funding and equity-investment agreements totaling $4.1 billion.
  • Interdigital: Acquisition of patents related to 3G, LTE, and 802.11 wireless technologies for $375 million.
  • Motorola Mobility: Acquisition of patents and wireless technologies from Motorola Mobility.
  • Infineon: $1.4 billion acquisition of Infineon AG’s wireless solutions business.

Fujitsu.
Represented Fujitsu, Panasonic, and the Development Bank of Japan in the establishment of a Socionext, a joint venture integrating Fujitsu’s and Panasonic’s system LSI semiconductor businesses.


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