Chairman & Managing Partner: Matthew J Becker
Axinn combines the skills, experience and dedication of the world’s largest firms with the focus, responsiveness, efficiency and attention to client needs of the best boutiques. The firm was established in the late 1990s by lawyers from premier Wall Street firms with a common vision: provide the highest level of service and strategic acumen in antitrust, intellectual property and high-stakes litigation. Axinn’s lawyers have served as lead or co-lead counsel on nearly half a trillion dollars in transactions and, in the last ten years alone, have handled more than 250 litigations.
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Axinn has more than 40 full time antitrust lawyers working on M&A, litigation, criminal and conduct investigations. Axinn has been global lead on mergers worth close to half a trillion dollars including:
■ Dell’s $67 billion acquisition of EMC
■ Thermo Fisher’s $13.2 billion acquisition of Life Technologies
■ Ball Corporation’s $6 billion acquisition of Rexam
■ Johnson Controls’ $2 billion sale of Scott Safety to 3M
■ McKesson’s $3.4 billion joint venture with Change Healthcare
Axinn has extensive experience in major trials and class actions, including in Re Blue Cross antitrust litigation (for IBC), Poultry Growers antitrust litigation (for Tyson Foods), SawStop (for Stanley Black & Decker), biosimilar antitrust litigation (for Momenta), German and Asian auto parts litigation, as well as monopolisation and conspiracy cases for Thermo Fisher, Danfoss, Hexcel, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Affinia. The firm has litigated six merger cases brought by government agencies (winning five) and has a strong presence and track record in ongoing DOJ criminal antitrust matters and related litigation.
The antitrust group also has extensive experience on matters involving antitrust and IP issues, including Google’s settlement with the Federal Trade Commission on standard essential patents, and is lead counsel in a major litigation involving biosimilars. Axinn has deep contacts with the staff and front offices of FTC and DOJ in both Republican and Democratic administrations. The firm employs lawyers with more than 60 years of collective government antitrust experience.
Key Clients: Ball, Bloomberg, Centerbridge, Danfoss, Dell, Google, Hexcel, Independence Blue Cross, Ingram- Micro, MacAndrews & Forbes, McKesson, Momenta, Red Box, Red Hat, Silver Lake Partners, Stanley Black & Decker, SunGard, Take-Two, Textron, Thermo Fisher, Tyson Foods
Contacts: John DeQ Briggs, John D Harkrider (Co-Chairs)
Axinn has numerous seasoned IP trial lawyers and has become a go-to firm for IP matters of strategic importance. Typically, the firm has two dozen or more pending patent and trade secret cases and often tries multiple cases annually. Axinn has served as lead trial counsel in some of the most significant recent patent cases for the world’s leading pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, diagnostics and consumer products companies, including Johnson & Johnson, Par Pharmaceuticals, Thermo Fisher and Unilever.
On numerous occasions, the firm has been asked to take over cases during or after discovery and serve as lead counsel at trial, including the defence of a multi-billion dollar jury trial. Using their advocacy skills within the last few years, Axinn attorneys have obtained, for example, a favorable Federal Circuit decision on a novel double patenting legal issue that led to a settlement allowing the client to market an important influenza treatment; a multimillion dollar jury verdict in a medical device patent case involving spinal implants; and the first-ever decision by a district court ordering FDA to approve a generic version of a drug. Axinn attorneys also offer an exceptional depth of technical experience, including numerous attorneys with advanced technical degrees and extensive hands-on industry training. In addition, the firm has a leading FDA practice.
Key Clients: AlloSource, Alvogen, Endo, FILA, Hubbell, Johnson & Johnson, Mayne, Nautilus, Par, Polpharma, Sun, Thermo Fisher, Trumpf, Unilever, Zydus
Contact: Chad A Landmon (Chair)
Axinn serves clients for whom high-stakes litigation is a vital or unavoidable aspect of business. In recent years, the firm’s lawyers have defeated billions of dollars in asserted liability for defendants and obtained hundreds of millions of dollars for plaintiffs. Axinn regularly tries cases across the US and in arbitral forums, and is often brought in to handle cases that are close to trial. The firm has unusually broad experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants.
Axinn has devised creative solutions for clients that have earned them hundreds of millions of dollars as plaintiffs. Axinn lawyers have also successfully defended their clients against class actions and business disputes involving everything from insurance coverage, auction rate securities, cybersecurity, data breaches and health care financing, to cell phones, infant formula, auto parts and cable television.
The firm has a particular focus on the needs of the financial services industry, and represents many of the world’s leading insurers, hedge funds, private equity firms and mutual funds. Axinn is also frequently involved in international matters and represents clients in forums from the Cayman Islands and Jersey to ICC arbitrations.
Key Clients: ACE, CIGNA, Fir Tree Partners, The Hartford, Humana, New York Community Bank, Onyx, TIAA-CREF, WEX Health
Contact: Donald W Hawthorne (Chair)