William R. Vigdor

Partner at Vinson & Elkins LLP

William R. Vigdor

William R. Vigdor

Partner at Vinson & Elkins LLP

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Vinson & Elkins LLP William R. Vigdor Partner Biography Billy’s primary area of practice is antitrust law. Since joining V&E in 2003, Billy has represented clients before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and States Attorneys General in a wide range of industries including energy (E&P, midstream , generation, transportation, storage and marketing), petrochemicals, health care, technology (computers, information services, semiconductors, radio frequency identification, aerospace, telecommunications equipment), machine tools, auto parts, hydrocarbon trading, retailing, food manufacturing, industrial liquids, pharmaceuticals, paper products, and others. Billy has also assisted many clients appearing before competition authorities around the world, including the European Commission and authorities in Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Norway, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine and others. Billy’s merger work has involved cutting-edge issues involving multi-jurisdictional merger review, and mergers of partially owned companies, joint ventures, master limited partnerships, private equity and hedge funds along with strategic acquisitions. Billy has a successful record in persuading the agencies not to challenge mergers or not to issue second requests. Billy has represented many clients (both buyers and sellers) before CFIUS, including companies involved in technology, telecommunications, E&P companies, and petrochemicals. Billy has also obtained CFIUS clearance for government-owned clients. In addition, Billy has been worked with clients in antitrust litigation and agency investigations involving price fixing, monopolization, state action immunity, Noerr Pennington immunity, and distribution issues such as exclusive dealing, tying, and resale price maintenance. Some of the more notable intellectual property antitrust issues in which Billy has been involved include exclusionary payments in patent settlements, Walker Process claims, abuses of standard setting organization rules, and refusals to license intellectual property. Prior to joining V&E, Billy served six years at the FTC, three of which as Deputy Assistant Director. Billy also participated in FTC litigation involving mergers and anticompetitive conduct. Representative Experience Mergers - Antitrust View All Persuaded the FTC not to challenge a non-HSR Act reportable storage terminal transaction Represented Dell Inc. in providing U.S. and non-U.S. antitrust assistance to Dell with respect to a variety of transactions including: Perot Systems Corporation ($3.9 billion); Mergers - National Security (CFIUS) View All Represented Crimson Exploration Inc. before CFIUS and successfully persuaded the Committee that the acquisition by American Capital Energy Corporation, a company owned by a Chinese private company, of a minority interest in Crimson did not fall within CFIUS' jurisdiction Successfully assisted a client in obtaining what the press reported as the first CFIUS approval of a transaction involving the acquisition by a state owned entity of US business that owned export-controlled machinery Successfully represented a client before CFIUS in a transaction involving the transfer of export-controlled technology Non-Merger Antitrust Work View All Successfully represented a client before the Department of Justice in a conspiracy and monopolization investigation Successfully represented a client before the Federal Trade Commission in an exclusive dealing investigation Represented a client in a Sixth Circuit exclusive dealing matter that was resolved in state action grounds Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Education and Professional Background George Washington University Law Center, J.D., 1990 University of Iowa, Ph.D. Economics, 1994 Emory University, B.A. Economics, 1981 Attorney: Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission, 1997-2000 Deputy Assistant Director: Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission, 2000-2003 Admitted to practice: Connecticut, 1990; New York, 1991; District of Columbia, 1992; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Professional Recognition View All Recognized in antitrust, Legal 500 US, 2012 Recognized in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, 2012 Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers in antitrust, 2010 - 2012 Activities and Affiliations Co-Vice Chair: Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, ABA Section of Antitrust, 2001-2005 Chair and Vice Chair: Antitrust Committee, Energy Bar Association, 2002-2003 Publications and Presentations View All "The (Slowly) Revolving Door at the Antitrust Agencies," Antitrust News & Notes, December 2012 "Supreme Court to Determine Antitrust Standards for Reverse Payment Settlements," Antitrust News & Notes, December 2012 "U.S. Merger Control: A Discussion with V&E About Process and Current Trends," Acquisition International, October 2012 (co-author)

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Vinson & Elkins LLP provides legal services. The firm maintains civil practice, covering areas such as litigation, public policy, transaction, and energy law. The firm serves the clients including companies from the aviation, energy, financial services, health care, and technology industries. The company was founded in 1917 by James A. Elkins and William A. Vinson and is headquartered in Houston, TX.

Political Donations
$500
2012

Senator from Virginia

$2,000
2012

DNC Service Corp. operates a political party. It is an organization which raises fund for the Democratic Party which has been a part of the U.S. political landscape. The company plans the presidential nominating convention, promotes candidates from the local to the national level and sets the party platform. DNC Service was founded in 1848 and is located in Washington, DC.

$1,000
2012

Former President of United States

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The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., Goldman Sachs Asset Management LP purchase Marina Energy LLC /76 Solar Energy Projects from South Jersey Industries, Inc.

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Sempra Energy, Oncor Electric Delivery Co. LLC purchase InfraREIT, Inc.

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Antero Midstream Corp. purchases Antero Midstream Partners LP from Antero Resources Corp.

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