Vishal Mehta is a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Global Antitrust Law Practice Group. He advises clients on all aspects of antitrust law with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, litigation, counseling, and compliance.
Mr. Mehta has extensive experience representing clients before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and foreign competition authorities in all phases of merger review. He has defended clients in high-profile merger investigations across a range of industries, including technology, media, telecommunications, energy, oilfield services, specialty chemicals, life sciences, agriculture, heavy equipment, consumer products, and retail, among others.
In addition to his robust mergers practice, Mr. Mehta has represented companies in antitrust and other complex litigation involving claims of price-fixing, monopolization, breach of contract, and patent infringement. He has also defended clients in non-merger government investigations at the state, federal, and international level. Mr. Mehta regularly works with clients to provide practical solutions to commercial challenges touching on antitrust issues; conduct internal audits; design and administer antitrust compliance programs; and advance competition policy objectives through proactive engagement with government stakeholders.
Most recently, Mr. Mehta practiced antitrust law at a major international law firm and completed a secondment in-house at a leading global natural resources company.
Mr. Vishal received his J.D. from the Vanderbilt University Law School, where he participated in the Cecil D. Branstetter Litigation & Dispute Resolution Program. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Represented Ingevity Corp. in its acquisition of Georgia-Pacific's pine chemicals business for approximately $310 million.
Represented BHP in the divestiture of its U.S. onshore shale assets for more than $10 billion.
Represented Liberty affiliates in several transactions, including Liberty Media Corp.'s acquisition of Formula One for $8 billion, Lionsgate's acquisition of Starz for $4.4 billion, and Liberty Interactive Corp.'s sale of Provide Commerce to FTD Companies, Inc. for $430 million.
Represented Halliburton in its proposed acquisition of oilfield services provider Baker Hughes for $38 billion.
Represented Regency in several transactions, including its acquisition of midstream companies PVR Partners for $5.6 billion and Eagle Rock Energy Partners for $1.3 billion.
Represented Caterpillar in its acquisition of mining equipment manufacturer Bucyrus International for $7.6 billion.
Represented NOV in several matters, including its acquisition of oilfield services provider Robbins & Myers for approximately $2.5 billion and of fiberglass-composite pipe manufacturer Ameron International for $780 million.
Represented Nestlé in several matters, including the divestiture of a minority interest in Alcon to Novartis for approximately $11 billion and its $3.7 billion acquisition of Kraft's frozen pizza business.
Represented medical waste service provider MedServe in connection with Stericycle's acquisition of the company for $185 million.
Represented Univision in several matters, including Grupo Televisa S.A.B.'s $1.2 billion investment in Univision.
Defended Toshiba against breach of contract claims totaling approximately $100 million.
Represented the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) in class action MDL and related litigation in Tennessee state court, obtaining dismissal of all federal antitrust claims.