Press Release

Leading Antitrust Litigator Joins Morrison & Foerster

17 May 2012

Washington, D.C. – May 17, 2012 – Morrison & Foerster is pleased to announce that noted antitrust litigator Roxann E. Henry has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as a partner. She joins the firm from Dewey & LeBoeuf, where she served as co-chair of the firm’s Global Antitrust Practice Group. Ms. Henry brings a deep depth of experience in cartel and merger investigations, from defending foreign and domestic clients in cartel investigations around the globe to securing worldwide competition clearances for billion dollar acquisitions.

“Roxann is a top-tier antitrust practitioner and the addition of her team is a coup for MoFo,” Stephen Smith, a Washington, D.C. partner who serves as co-chair of the firm’s Global Antitrust & Competition Law Practice Group, said. “Beyond her deep understanding of cartel investigations and litigation prowess, Roxann’s experience in leading high-profile merger reviews and civil investigations is a perfect fit with our expanding international antitrust and competition practice.”

“In 2011, the Antitrust Division filed 90 criminal cases—more than we’ve seen in the past 25 years,” added Rony Gerrits, Brussels-based co-chair of the group. “Roxann’s expertise defending against such prosecutions – particularly in the cartel arena – is extraordinary.”

Ms. Henry has extensive experience in all areas of antitrust law, from criminal defense and treble-damage civil litigation to merger and non-merger investigations. She regularly represents clients in antitrust grand jury investigations, including international cartel matters, and has particular expertise coordinating defenses worldwide. Ms. Henry has served as lead counsel in various complex civil commercial disputes, including antitrust, RICO, contract and tort claims. She recently successfully represented a corporate defendant in an antitrust trial that went all the way to verdict.

“MoFo has a terrific antitrust practice and an impressive platform for clients with global antitrust needs,” Ms. Henry said. “Given the firm’s trial talent and its impressive M&A practice, I’m confident my practice will fit in well. I am excited to contribute to the growth of the firm’s antitrust group and its Washington, D.C. office.”

Ms. Henry’s notable representations include the following:

  • With the first court win in more than a decade against an FTC merger challenge in a non-healthcare case, Ms. Henry gained clearance for Arch Coal to buy Triton, a move that created the largest U.S. coal mine.
  • For APAC-Missouri Inc., Ms. Henry secured a not guilty verdict after a full criminal antitrust trial.
  • Ms. Henry successfully defended Ashland Inc. against a preliminary injunction motion to stop the $300 million sale of its Electronic Chemicals Division.
  • Ms. Henry has represented clients in more than 50 antitrust grand jury proceedings spanning every regional office and the National Criminal Trial Section of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division.
  • Ms. Henry regularly handles merger clearances, including Nestlé’s $40 billion sale of Alcon stock to Novartis and EDS’s $14 billion acquisition by Hewlett-Packard.

Prior to joining Dewey & LeBoeuf, Ms. Henry practiced with Howrey for more than 30 years. She serves as the Program Officer of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section. She holds a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law and an A.B. from Vassar College. She is a former clerk to Hon. Floyd R. Gibson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Ms. Henry is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

U.S. News and Best Lawyers named Morrison & Foerster Antitrust Litigation Law Firm of the Year in 2011. Chambers USA 2011 ranks the firm’s antitrust practice among the top nationally, in Washington D.C., and in California. Global Competition Review 2011 includes the firm’s antitrust practice in its prestigious annual directory, the Global 100.

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