Jonathan is an antitrust partner based in Cadwalader’s Washington, DC office. He co-heads the firm’s global Technology Industry Team.
Jonathan’s practice encompasses the full range of antitrust matters including mergers, joint ventures, and civil non-merger investigations. Clients and industry observers often laud Jonathan for his ability to develop pragmatic solutions to highly complex problems. Jonathan is particularly adept at distilling complex legal and technical issues for a wide range of audiences, including regulators, business people, government officials, and the media.
Leading industry publications regularly rank Jonathan among the nation’s top antitrust lawyers:
•Chambers USA (individually ranked 2010-2014);
•Law360 honored Jonathan as one of the top five antitrust lawyers under the age of 40;
•The Legal 500 recognizes Jonathan for his strength in economic analysis and for providing practical and high-quality advice to clients;
•The Washingtonian and Super Lawyers list Jonathan as one of the “best lawyers” in Washington, DC.
Jonathan has experience across a wide range of industries, including:
•technology and internet;
•advertising and media;
•retail; food, beverage, wine, and spirits;
•oil, gas, energy, and chemicals;
•manufacturing and industrials; and
•pharmaceuticals and healthcare
Law360 recognizes Jonathan as one of the nation's go to lawyers for antitrust and the internet and technology. As part of his technology practice, Jonathan also represents numerous companies in connection with various issues relating to advertising, ad tech, and media. His practice also involves advising companies on complex issues at the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property, including standard essential patents and matters involving patent assertion entities.
Notable representations in the technology space include Microsoft Corporation in connection with its settlement of the landmark U.S. v. Microsoft and N.Y. v. Microsoft antitrust cases; Microsoft in its acquisitions of Nokia, Skype and Yahoo!'s search engine. Jonathan also represented multiple third parties opposed to Google’s acquisition of ITA, Google’s failed proposed Book Search settlement proposal, and Google's proposed partnership with Yahoo!, which the Department of Justice blocked.
Prior to joining Cadwalader, Jonathan worked at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition, where he was a member of the teams that reviewed Time Warner's merger with AOL, Time-Warner’s proposed acquisition of EMI, Exxon's acquisition of Mobil, BP-Amoco's acquisition of Arco, and Kroger's acquisition of Fred Meyer, among others.
Following his service at the Federal Trade Commission, Jonathan was a member of the Antitrust Department of another leading international law firm.
Notable representations include
•Microsoft Corporation in connection with numerous acquisitions and in the settlement of its landmark U.S. v. Microsoft and N.Y. v. Microsoft antitrust cases.
•Bacardi in its recent victory in Johnson Brothers Liquor Company v. Bacardi U.S.A. in a joint venture with Brown Forman.
•Village Voice Media in its merger with New Times Media and MGM Mirage in connection with its multi-billion dollar acquisition of Mandalay Resort Group.
•Various energy companies in non-public matters currently pending before the FTC.
News & Resources
•Cadwalader Advises Mercuria Energy Group in Acquisition of JPMorgan’s Physical Energy and Commodities Business Oct 03, 2014
•FTC ‘Privateering’ Actions Could Focus on Rivals’ Costs May 21, 2014
•Cadwalader Recognized Among Leading Firms in The Legal 500 US 2014 Jun 27, 2014
Clients & Friends Memos
•Takeaways from the Ninth Circuit’s Opinion Affirming the FTC’s Victory Against the St. Luke's/Saltzer Merger Feb 12, 2015
•Chambers Legal Practice Guide: Merger Control
An ever-increasing number of jurisdictions are adopting or amending their existing merger control regimes. As a result, complexity, uncertainty and burdens for multinational merging parties are also on the rise. Navigating the patchwork of rules and requirements of merger control regimes around the world can increase cost and cause delays, both of which are of the utmost concern to many parties in the current uncertain economic and financial climate. Uncertainty may be compounded as new and untested regimes come online, non-competition concerns find their way into merger control reviews and experienced regulators change - or claim to change - their substantive analytical frameworks. Published by Chambers & Partners, Charles (Rick) Rule and Jonathan Kanter authored the chapter analyzing merger enforcement in the USA.
•Google Antitrust Investigations - Georgetown University Law School Feb 24, 2015
•Quorum: February 2015 V3N1Feb 11, 2015