Ann Malester

Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Ann Malester

Ann Malester

Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Biography

Ann Malester is a partner in Weil’s Washington, DC office, where she specializes in antitrust counseling and litigation and shepherds multi-billion dollar transactions through antitrust review. Ms. Malester has handled numerous high profile matters, among them representing Panasonic in its $9 billion acquisition of Sanyo, Johnson & Johnson in its $16 billion acquisition of Pfizer’s Consumer Healthcare division, and Procter & Gamble in the $3 billion sale of its pharmaceutical business. Ms. Malester recently co-authored a chapter on the Federal Trade Commission for a presidential transition report sponsored by the Center for American Progress, entitled “Federal Trade Commission: Consumer Protection and Competition for a 21st-Century Economy.”

Before joining the firm, Ms. Malester was Deputy Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, where, as the No. 2 antitrust enforcement official, she helped supervise the agency’s antitrust enforcement activities. During her 12 previous years as Assistant Director, Ms. Malester headed FTC merger enforcement in a wide range of markets, including the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device and equipment industries. She also served for 10 years as the FTC’s liaison with the U.S. Department of Defense, and led the FTC’s antitrust review of transactions in the defense and aerospace industries.

As Assistant Director, Ms. Malester led the Mergers I Division in investigating, litigating, or obtaining consent agreements in hundreds of significant mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures, including many that involved patent and licensing issues, as well as novel legal and economic theories. These transactions included Amgen/Immunex, Glaxo/SmithKlineBeecham, Pfizer/Pharmacia, Lockheed/Martin Marietta, Boeing/McDonnell Douglas, General Dynamics/Boeing, Air Liquide/Air Products/BOC, and VNU (Neilsen)/Jupiter Media Metrix. Previously, Ms. Malester was a senior antitrust litigator, and handled major cases in federal district court and administrative hearings, including obtaining a preliminary injunction in a defense industry merger. She and her team also prevailed at trial in a price-fixing case against Ticor and other title insurance companies, which resulted in new U.S. Supreme Court precedent on the antitrust “state-action” exemption. She also helped win a Supreme Court victory against the American Medical Association’s prohibition on physician and HMO advertising.

Ms. Malester has been recognized as a leader in the competition field in Chambers USA, Legal 500, The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers, PLC Which Lawyer? and The Best Lawyers in America for her work in Antitrust Law. She was also included in Global Competition Review’s ranking of the Top 100 Women in Antitrust. Ms. Malester won numerous awards at the FTC, including the Brandeis Award for best litigator, the Chairman’s Award, and the Presidential Rank Award, which is the highest honor given to federal government executives. Ms. Malester has taught trial advocacy at the FTC, and spoken at numerous seminars on antitrust law in the United States and Europe. Ms. Malester served on the Defense Science Board’s Task Force on Vertical Integration and Supplier Decisions in the Defense Industry. She also served as the Vice-Chair of the Government Litigation Committee of the ABA’s Antitrust Section and on the Section’s Nominating Committee.

Ms. Malester is fluent in French and a graduate of the Lycée Français de New York, Bryn Mawr College, and the George Washington University Law School.

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Since enrolling its first class in 1865, The George Washington University Law School has produced some of the finest minds across the spectrum of legal scholarship. That tradition continues today, as GW Law graduates use the knowledge and skills they gain here to influence the critical legal conversations of our times.

The Lycée Français de New York holds the distinction of being one of the most renowned bilingual French schools in North America. The Lycée welcomes students from more than 50 nationalities, giving them an education based on academic excellence and personal growth. It prepares them to become responsible, dynamic citizens, capable of playing an important role in the future of the world.

Bryn Mawr is one of the world's most distinctive, distinguished colleges. Every year 1,300 undergraduate women and 400 graduate students from around the world gather on the College's historic campus to study with leading scholars, conduct advanced research, and expand the boundaries of what's possible.

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Founded in 1931, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has been a preeminent provider of legal services for more than 80 years. Widely recognized by those covering the legal profession as best in class, Weil’s lawyers regularly advise clients globally on their most complex Litigation, Corporate, Restructuring, and Tax and Benefits matters. With 20 offices worldwide – 9 in the United States and 11 outside the United States – Weil has been a pioneer in establishing a geographic footprint that has allowed the Firm to partner with clients wherever they do business.

Deputy Director-Bureau of Competition
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Former President of United States

$500
2011

Senator from New York

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2010

Administrator at US General Services Administration

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AbbVie, Inc. purchases Allergan Plc

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Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. purchases Allergan Plc /Generic Drug Bus from Allergan Plc

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Allergan Plc purchases Kythera Biopharmaceuticals LLC

Awards & Honors
2013
Washingtonian Magazine - Top Lawyers, Antitrust
2012
Washingtonian Magazine - Top Lawyers, Antitrust
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