Claudia R. Higgins

Managing Partner, Washington, DC at Kaye Scholer LLP

Claudia R. Higgins

Claudia R. Higgins

Managing Partner, Washington, DC at Kaye Scholer LLP

Biography

Claudia R. Higgins
Partner


Claudia Higgins is a nationally-recognized Partner in Kaye Scholer’s Complex Commercial Litigation department where she has advised numerous Fortune 500 companies in significant matters, particularly high-profile mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures, while also representing clients in connection with civil investigations by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and numerous international regulatory agencies. Her extensive experience in antitrust issues involves diverse industries, including consumer goods, defense and aerospace, natural resources, technology, and health care.

In addition to transactional and regulatory matters, Claudia is highly active in both antitrust counseling and litigation. She currently represents Norfolk Southern Corporation in an ongoing multidistrict class action litigation involving the U.S. freight railroads. She also counsels diverse corporate clients regarding distribution agreements and licensing, and advises companies in connection with complex patent-antitrust matters and antitrust compliance.

Claudia’s expertise has been further established while representing clients since joining Kaye Scholer, but originated from over two decades of distinguished service at the FTC where she last held the title of Assistant Director for Regional Litigation with responsibility for the Commission’s regional office antitrust efforts throughout the United States.

Claudia’s duties with the FTC included numerous investigations and potential litigations and she served as lead counsel in charge of some of the FTC’s most noteworthy merger transactions, many of which encompassed complex investigations, district court preliminary injunction preparation, evidentiary materials, subpoena drafting and enforcement, negotiations of discovery demands and modifications to subpoenas, drafting of district court complaints, and ultimately consent decrees issued by the FTC. Her representations included many of the FTC’s most successful challenges of various consumer products mergers in industries such as spices, over-the-counter and prescription pharmaceutical products and sophisticated amateur telescopes. She was recognized for her outstanding accomplishments with the FTC on numerous occasions, most notably receiving the agency’s Distinguished Service Award and its prestigious Paul Rand Dixon Award, relating to her leadership roles in merger enforcement.

As a member of the Antitrust practice, Claudia has been continuously recognized as a leading attorney by Chambers USA. In the 2012 publication, Chambers noted her highly influential work representing Lucasfilm Ltd. before the DOJ's antitrust division in an industry-wide investigation of employment practices.

Claudia is also a frequent author and speaker on antitrust and regulatory topics and has participated in numerous conferences, programs, and panels on issues of merger enforcement and trade regulation throughout her career. In addition, she has been sought out as an instructor on behalf of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development in Paris and the U.S. Agency for International Development. She has advised competition authorities in Romania, Latvia, Korea, Japan, Brazil and numerous other countries, and has coordinated investigations with the EU and its member nations.

Significant Matters

Advised Novartis AG with respect to the competition law issues associated with its $1.5 billion acquisition of a competing dermatologics company, Fougera Holdings, Inc., and represented the company before the Federal Trade Commission to obtain clearance for the acquisition.

Represented Reed Elsevier, parent of LexisNexis, in connection with its acquisition of a competing data analysis company, ChoicePoint.

Obtained early termination of the Hart-Scott-Rodino waiting period for the largest consumer products company in a market to acquire a prominent competing product in the same market.

Represented Novartis in connection with its acquisition of Corthera, Inc.

Represented the Meow Mix Company in connection with its sale to Del Monte Foods.

Successfully represented the owner of a trend-setting consumer-branded product, which was also the clear market leader, in a strategic acquisition involving a significant competing brand.

Represented R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in securing unanimous clearance from the FTC of its proposed merger with Brown & Williamson, which combined the second- and third-largest companies in the industry.

While with the FTC, Claudia appeared as lead counsel for consent decrees involving many of today's most prominent research-based pharmaceutical companies, the investigations for which invariably involved analysis of the patent rights of parties to the transaction, as well as complaints and information provided by competitors of the parties. Select merger cases include:

Ciba Geigy and Sandoz (now named Novartis)

Glaxo and Wellcome (now part of GlaxoSmithKline)

Upjohn and Pharmacia (now merged with Pfizer)

American Home Products and American Cyanamid (now named Wyeth)

Hoechst and Rhone Poulenc (now part of sanofi-aventis)

Hoechst and Marian Merrell Dow (now part of sanofi-aventis)

Merieux and Connaught (now part of sanofi-aventis)

Hoechst and BoehringerMannheim (now part of sanofi-aventis)

Merck and Medco

Rite Aid’s attempted transaction with Revco


Practice Areas

Antitrust
Mergers & Acquisitions
Intellectual Property
Litigation

Education

American University Washington College of Law, J.D., 1977; American University Law Review

University of Oklahoma, B.A., 1974
Bar Admission(s)

District of Columbia
Membership(s)

Vice-Chair, Exemptions and Immunities Committee (2007-08) and Vice-Chair, Books and Treatises Committee (2006-07), American Bar Association, Antitrust Section

Steering Committee, Antitrust and Consumer Law Section, District of Columbia Bar and Co-Chair Antitrust Law Subcommittee, DC Bar (2003-2007)

Advisory Board, Loyola Antitrust Institute

United States Council for International Business (Competition Committee)


News

January 15, 2013
Emerging Trends/The Changing Faces of the Antitrust Guard
May 2, 2012
Sandoz to Acquire Fougera Pharmaceuticals for $1.5B
Experience

July 25, 2012
Kaye Scholer Represents Longtime Client Onex in Sale of Center for Diagnostic Imaging
June 26, 2012
Kaye Scholer Represents MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates LTD. in the Acquisition of a Satellite Manufacturing Business from Loral
January 4, 2012
Kaye Scholer Represents Sandforce, Inc. in its Acquisition by LSI Corporation
June 22, 2007
Kaye Scholer Represents Meggitt in $1.8 Billion Acquisition

Events

August 7, 2011
U.S. Antitrust Enforcement Changes - “New U.S. Antitrust Leaders, New HSR Rules, A Single U.S. Merger Agency?”
July 14, 2010
Higgins, Bell, Brew and Jungermann Spoke at the In-house Counsel Antitrust Update of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law -- Corporate Counseling Committee
June 28, 2010
Claudia Higgins Spoke at Association of Transportation Law Professionals Meeting
October 2008
"A Report from Washington — It's About Change," American Association of Corporate Counsel
April 2008
"Nuts and Bolts of Government Investigations," Law Seminars International Pharmaceutical Antitrust Program
October 2007
"Antitrust Compliance and Internal Investigations," Virginia Bar Association Corporate Counsel Fall Forum
October 2005
"US Antitrust and Regulatory Considerations for Cross-Border Transactions," British Columbia Chamber of Commerce and the Ocean Industries Council
March 2005
"Coordinated Effects Theories for Mergers," ABA Antitrust Section Spring Meeting
September 2004
"Injunctions, Divestiture, and Disgorgement: The Evolution of FTC Remedies," FTC's 90th Anniversary Symposium
March 2004
"Litigation and Electronic Discovery – a New World"
April 2003
"Advising Clients In Mergers That Are Not Reportable Under HSR," ABA Antitrust Section Spring Meeting

Publications

Winter 2013
M&A and Corporate Governance Newsletter
January 15, 2013
Emerging Trends/The Changing Faces of the Antitrust Guard
January 14, 2013
Hart-Scott-Rodino Premerger Filing Thresholds Raised by the Federal Trade Commission
Spring 2012
M&A and Corporate Governance Newsletter
Summer 2011
M&A and Corporate Governance Newsletter
August 18, 2011
DOJ Brings Rare Criminal Antitrust Charges for False HSR Documents
July 11, 2011
Federal Trade Commission Enacts Changes to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Premerger Notification and Report Form and Rules
March 11, 2011
Supreme Court Lets So-Called "Reverse Payment" Stand
January 25, 2011
Hart-Scott-Rodino Premerger Filing Thresholds Raised by the Federal Trade Commission — Thresholds Regarding Interlocking Directorates Changed as Well
June 2010
"Invitations to Collude and the FTC's U-Haul Case," The Antitrust Counselor
March 2009
FTC Enjoins CCC and Mitchell Merger in First Post-Whole Foods Court Victory
2008
"Premerger Planning and Coordination — How to Avoid 'Gun Jumping' under U.S. Antitrust Law," The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Merger Control 2008. A Practical Insight to Cross-Border Merger Control Issues, published by Global Legal Group Limited, London
2007
Editor, Federal Statutory Exemptions from Antitrust Law, American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law
2007
"Mergers Across Borders: Strategies for Navigating U.S. Antitrust Review," The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Merger Control 2007. A Practical Insight to Cross Border Merger Control Issues, published by Global Legal Group Limited, London. (Revision and republication of 2006 legal guide)
March 2003
"A Primer On The Law Of Mergers And Acquisitions," ABA Antitrust Section
Summer 2001
"A Brief Response on Estimates of Consumer Savings from Merger Enforcement," Antitrust Magazine
July 2000
"Second Request Reform," Clayton Act Newsletter
Media

August 1, 2012
FTC Signals Increased Use of Financial Penalties
February 22, 2012
Threat of FTC Litigation Ends Omnicare Bid for PharMerica
January 26, 2011
Claudia Higgins Quoted in The Deal
July 23, 2010
Robert Bell and Claudia Higgins Quoted on Increased Antitrust Scrutiny of Small Deal

Recognition


June 7, 2012
Kaye Scholer Scores 13 Practice and 39 Lawyer Rankings in Chambers USA
May 21, 2012
Kaye Scholer's Antitrust Deskbook Wins Burton Award
June 13, 2011
Kaye Scholer Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2011)
June 11, 2010
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2010), 16 Areas of Practice Recognized and 33 Lawyers Ranked
June 12, 2009
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2009), 15 Areas of Practice Recognized and 30 Lawyers Ranked
June 16, 2008
Fourteen Practice Areas and 25 Lawyers Ranked Among the Nation's Best in Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2008)
December 3, 2007
Kaye Scholer Lawyers Recognized as Top Lawyers in Washington, DC
July 2, 2007
Chambers USA Ranks Kaye Scholer Lawyers in 17 Areas of Practice; 19 Lawyers Ranked

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Claudia R. Higgins
Managing Partner, Washington, DC at Kaye Scholer LLP
Education
J.D.
Class of 1977

American University Washington College of Law (WCL) is the law school of American University. It is located on Massachusetts Avenue in the Spring Valley neighborhood of Northwest Washington, D.C. The school is fully accredited by the American Bar Association, and a member of the AALS.

B.A.
Class of 1974

Attracting top students from across the nation and more than 100 countries around the world, OU provides a major university experience in a private college atmosphere. OU is number one in the nation in the number of National Merit Scholars enrolled among public universities and is in the top ten of public universities in the nation in the graduation of Rhodes Scholars. The OU Honors College is one of the largest honors programs among public universities in the United States, matching the University’s best and brightest students with faculty in classrooms of 19 or fewer students. OU is one of the few public universities in the nation to cap the class size of first-year English composition courses at no more than 19. OU offers students the opportunity to study abroad in over 100 cities and 50 countries, including our signature program in Arezzo, Italy. The number of endowed faculty professorships and chaired positions has increased from less than 100 15 years ago to more than 560 today. This enables OU to keep and attract faculty researchers of national and international stature. For four of the last six years the OU Debate team has won the National Debate Championship. Other students from across campus have worked in teams to also win top awards in the National Petroleum Engineering Competition, the National Kennedy Center Competition in Drama, and the entrepreneurship program consistently ranks in the top five nationally. OU has emerged as a pacesetter for public higher education in the United States and is ranked by The Princeton Review among the top 10 public universities in the nation in terms of academic excellence and cost for students. OU has more than doubled the amount of private scholarships in five years and raised its scholarship goal to $250 million. In addition, OU’s private endowment has increased more than five-fold since 1994, growing from $204 million to more than $1.8 billion. There is a true sense of family on the OU campus. Serving as a model for other public universities, OU established the Faculty-In-Residence program which places faculty members and their families in each of our residence halls to foster faculty and student interaction and encourage intergenerational friendships. Further, a different professor adopts each floor of the residence halls as well as each fraternity and sorority, allowing students and faculty to build relationships outside of the classroom. OU’s Fred Jones Museum of Art ranks in the top 5 university art museums in the United States. It received the Weitzenhoffer Collection, the largest gift of French Impressionist art ever given to a public university in the US. The Sam Noble Museum of Natural History is the largest university based museum of its kind in the world. OU’s Bizzell Memorial Library features one of the three largest history of science collections in the world, and is the only place in the United States where you can hold a book with Galileo's handwriting in your own hands.

Career History
Managing Partner, Washington, DC
Current

Kaye Scholer LLP is a law firm representing public and private companies, governmental entities, financial institutions and other organizations. The firm offers litigation, corporate, real estate, bankruptcy tax, and trust & estates services. It was founded in 1917 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Political Donations
$1,000
2011

Senator from Ohio

$1,000
2007

Former Senator from New York

$250
2006

Former Senator from Virginia

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Cast & Crew Entertainment Services LLC, Silver Lake Management Co. LLC, Payroll Holdings LLC purchase C.A.P.S., Inc. from Verus Investment Partners LLC

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Veeva Systems, Inc., Veeva U.K. Holdings Ltd. purchase Mineral Newco Ltd. from Accel-KKR LLC

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The Pritzker Organization LLC, Pritzker Group Asset Management purchase TMS International Corp.

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