Francis Fryscak

Former Partner at Cooley LLP

Francis Fryscak

Francis Fryscak

Former Partner at Cooley LLP


Francis M. Fryscak is a partner in the Antitrust & Competition practice group and a member of the Cooley LLP Business department. He joined the Firm in 1999 and is resident in the Palo Alto office.

Mr. Fryscak's practice is concentrated on antitrust matters, and he has been recognized as a leading antitrust lawyer by Chambers USA. He provides antitrust counseling on issues arising out of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, distribution arrangements, price discrimination, and corporate antitrust compliance. He has worked closely with clients in numerous high profile antitrust investigations brought by the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and foreign antitrust regulatory agencies, including Adobe Systems Incorporated's acquisition of Macromedia, Siebel Systems, Inc.'s acquisition by Oracle, and InVision Technologies acquisition by General Electric Company (GE). He also assists the firm's clients in obtaining antitrust clearance for mergers, joint ventures, and other acquisitions that require notification pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.

Recent representative transactions include:

* Accuvant LLC in its acquisition by the Blackstone Group for approximately $225 million.
*, Inc. in the acquisition of a $200 million controlling interest by Permira.
* Coverity, Inc., in its acquisition by Synopsys, Inc. for $375 million.
* Garnett & Helfrich Capital, L.P., in the acquisition by its portfolio company Actian Corporation of Pervasive Software for $161.9 million.
* Incline Therapeutics, in its acquisition by The Medicines Company for consideration totaling up to $390 million.
* Objet Ltd. in its merger with Stratasys, Inc., resulting in a combined entity with a $3 billion capitalization.
* NextWave Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its acquisition by Pfizer for consideration totaling up to $700 million.
* Urban Decay Cosmetics LLC, in its acquisition by L'Oréal SA for an undisclosed amount.
* Method Products, Inc. in its acquisition by Ecover for an undisclosed amount.
* Inflection LLC in its sale of its family history business ( to for $100 million.
* Vitrue, Inc. in its acquisition by Oracle Corporation for an undisclosed amount.
* Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc in its acquisition of EUSA Pharma for $680 million.
* Omnicell, Inc. in its acquisition of MTS Medication Technologies, Inc. for $158 million.
* eMeter, Inc. in its acquisition by Siemens for an undisclosed amount.
* Clinical Data, Inc. in its acquisition by Forest Laboratories, Inc. for $1.2 billion.
* NetWitness Corporation in its acquisition by EMC Corporation for an undisclosed amount.
* Genoptix, Inc. in its acquisition by Novartis for $470 million.
* Beceem Communications Inc. in its acquisitions by Broadcom Corporation for $316 million.
* Impax Laboratories, Inc. in its acquisition of assets as part of a divestiture required by the Federal Trade Commission in Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.'s $1.75 billion acquisition of Arrow Group.

Select Recent Speaking Engagements and Publications:

* "July and August Antitrust Update for In-House Counsel," Antitrust Law Section, American Bar Association (September 18, 2012) – Presenter
* "Antitrust Breakfast Briefing—What are they thinking in Washington and Brussels?" (June 10, 2011) – Panel Moderator


* "Interlocking Directorates Handbook, American Bar Association (2011)" – Contributing Author

* "Revised 2013 Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Thresholds—Effective February 11, 2013" (January 14, 2013) – Contributing Author
* "Avoiding Jail Time: Another Reason to Take HSR Compliance Seriously" (July 9, 2012) – Contributing Author
* "$500,000 Fine Underscores Importance of Individual Investors Complying with HSR Rules" (December 22, 2011) – Contributing Author
* "FTC Loses Lundbeck Appeal, Opening Door for More Aggressive Pharmaceutical Merger & Acquisition Activity" (August 30, 2011) – Contributing Author

Mr. Fryscak was recognized by Chambers USA in 2015 as a leader in the Antitrust category.

Mr. Fryscak received a JD cum laude from New York University School of Law in 1993, where he was an associate editor for the Journal of International Law and Politics. He completed a BA in Politics at New York University, where he graduated in 1990 magna cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

He is admitted to the state bars of California, New York, Colorado, and the District of Columbia, as well as being admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Northern District of California. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association.

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Former Partner at Cooley LLP
J.D., cum laude
Class of 1993

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BA in Politics, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Class of 1990

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Career History
1999 - Prior

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Former President of United States

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Signal Genetics, Inc. purchases miRagen Therapeutics, Inc. (Inactive) from Atlas Venture, Inc., Boulder Ventures Ltd., Amgen Ventures LLC, JAFCO Co. Ltd. (Private Equity), MP Healthcare Venture Management, Inc., Remeditex Ventures LLC, Merck Research Ventures, Brace Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Lpath Inc. purchases Apollo Endosurgery, Inc. (Inactive)

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Jazz Pharmaceuticals Plc purchases Celator Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Admitted to the California Bar
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