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Joseph G. Krauss
Partner, Washington, D.C.
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Joseph Krauss' practice is devoted entirely to the area of antitrust and economic regulation, with a particular emphasis on merger and acquisition counseling and litigation in all industries, and before federal, state, and foreign antitrust authorities.

Joe has counseled clients in numerous matters relating to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, distribution issues, standard-setting, Sherman Act, and Hart-Scott-Rodino Act compliance. He has represented clients from a number of industries, including automotive, banking, defense, electric utility, manufacturing, health, natural resources, oil and gas, e-commerce, computer hardware and software, and telecommunications, before both the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in merger investigations, civil nonmerger investigations, and in compliance matters before the agencies.

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Joe served 11 years at the FTC, serving in a variety of capacities, including Assistant Director of the Premerger Notification Office in the Bureau of Competition and Acting Assistant Director and Deputy Assistant Director of the Mergers II Division in the Bureau of Competition. His career at the commission included serving two commissioners as an attorney advisor counseling on matters of antitrust policy and enforcement.
Joe has spoken numerous times on merger enforcement and antitrust policy, including remarks at international competition conferences in Bonn, Germany; Capetown, South Africa; Bogotá, Colombia; Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Moscow. In addition, he has assisted competition agencies around the world in their development and enforcement of antitrust law and policy, and has met with numerous representatives of competition bureaus throughout the world to advise and discuss issues of antitrust enforcement and policy. Joe is a nongovernmental advisor to the Mergers Working Group of the International Competition Network (ICN).


Joe has served as a Trustee at the request of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to oversee the $810 million divestiture of a steel mill pursuant to a final judgment and consent order. He also recently led a team appointed by the ABA Antitrust Section to analyze and comment on the proposed revisions to the Horizontal Merger Guidelines and was the principal author of the comments submitted and testified at workshops conducted by the DOJ and the FTC to determine whether revisions to the Guidelines were necessary.

Joe has also been profiled in a number of prestigious publications, including the most recent Chambers USA, which noted, "He has a cool head and a steady hand--he's solid counsel in merger matters."

Joe is a member of the Board of Hope and a Home, a local DC charity that is devoted to ending the cycle of poverty for homeless and low-income families in the DC area.  He also contributes his time to the Archdiocesan Legal Network of Catholic Charities of DC.  Joe also serves on the College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Council of the University of Delaware.



REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
  • Counsel to HarperCollins Publishing in its acquisition of Thomas Nelson Publishing.
  • Counsel to S1 Corporation in its merger with ACI Worldwide, Inc.
  • Counsel to General Dynamics Corporation in multiple defense industry investigations.
  • Counsel to Anschutz Entertainment Group in the investigation of the merger of Ticketmaster and LiveNation, and on general antitrust matters.
  • Counsel to Laboratory Corporation of America in its acquisitions of Westcliff Laboratories, and Orchid Cellmark, Inc.
  • Counsel to Corning, Inc. on general antitrust matters.
  • Counsel to several trade associations on general antitrust matters.


Hogan Lovells Publications
22 April 2014 "DOJ and FTC Clarify Antitrust Implications of Cybersecurity Information Sharing." Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Alert, Hogan Lovells

17 January 2014 "New HSR and Interlocking Directorate Thresholds Announced for 2014." Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Alert, Hogan Lovells

10 January 2014 "Judge Rules Non-Reportable, Consummated Merger Violates U.S. Antitrust Law." Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Alert, Hogan Lovells

06 January 2014 "FTC Requires Modification of Trade Association Ethical Rules." Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Alert, Hogan Lovells

08 November 2013 "FTC Finalizes Rule Extending Reporting Requirements for Pharmaceutical Patent Transfers." Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Alert

01 October 2013 "Merger Review to Continue During Government Shutdown." Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Alert, Hogan Lovells

01 October 2013 "FTC & DOJ Release Updated Model Confidentiality Waiver For Use in Cross-Border Investigations." Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Alert, Hogan Lovells

03 July 2013 "FTC announces another fine for violating the premerger filing requirements and also new amendments to the HSR rules." Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Alert, Hogan Lovells

25 June 2013 "McAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. agrees to pay penalty for HSR Act violation." Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Alert, Hogan Lovells

01 May 2013 "Hogan Lovells Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Alert: Kansas legislature overrides state supreme court's attempt to depart from U.S. Supreme Court precedent." Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Alert, Hogan Lovells

14 January 2013 "FTC announces changes to HSR and Clayton Act Section 8 jurisdictional thresholds." Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Alert, Hogan Lovells

12 October 2012 "DOJ and FTC consider NPE antitrust issues." Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Alert, Hogan Lovells

28 September 2012 "FTC finalizes new rules related to Part 2 (non-adjudicative) investigations and attorney conduct." Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Alert, Hogan Lovells

25 January 2012 "FTC announces changes to HSR and Clayton Act Section 8 jurisdictional thresholds." Antitrust, Competition, and Economic Regulation Alert, Hogan Lovells

28 July 2011 "U.S. and Chinese antitrust agencies sign memorandum of understanding to enhance cooperation." Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Alert, Hogan Lovells

24 January 2011 "FTC announces changes to HSR and Clayton Act Section 8 jurisdictional thresholds." Antitrust, Competition, and Economic Regulation Alert, Hogan Lovells

26 August 2010 "The FTC has Proposed Significant Amendments to the HSR Form." Antitrust Alert

11 March 2010 "Life Sciences: Competition Antitrust Update, Issue 15." Life Sciences: Competition Antitrust Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

20 January 2010 "FTC Announces Changes to HSR and Clayton Act Section 8 Lowering the Jurisdictional Thresholds." Antitrust Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

23 November 2009 "Life Sciences: Competition Antitrust Update, Issue 14." Life Sciences: Competition Antitrust Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

27 October 2009 "FTC Announces Changes to HSR and Clayton Act Section 8." Antitrust Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

30 July 2009 "Life Sciences: Competition Antitrust Update, Issue 13." Life Sciences: Competition Antitrust Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

22 January 2008 "FTC Announces Changes to HSR and Clayton Act Section 8 Jurisdictional Thresholds." Antitrust Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

25 October 2007 "4(c) Matters!" Antitrust Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

02 May 2007 "Life Sciences: Competition & Antitrust Update: Issue 6." Life Sciences: Competition & Antitrust Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

23 January 2007 "FTC Announces Changes to Jurisdictional Thresholds for Sections 7A and 8 of the Clayton Act." Antitrust Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

19 January 2006 "FTC Announces Changes to HSR Notification Thresholds." Antitrust Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

04 January 2006 "Changes in HSR Reporting Requirements." Antitrust Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

12 December 2005 "FTC Announces Amendments to HSR Rules." Antitrust Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

11 May 2005 "Executives May Have to Comply With HSR Filing Requirements Before Acquiring Voting Securities Under Restricted Stock Grants." Antitrust Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

28 February 2005 "FTC Amends Hart-Scott-Rodino Rules Significantly Impacts Reporting Obligations of Unincorporated Entities." Antitrust Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

31 January 2005 "FTC Announces Changes to HSR Notification Thresholds." Antitrust Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

01 April 2004 "FTC Proposes Amendments to Hart-Scott-Rodino Rules: Potential for Significant Impact on Companies Considering Transactions." Antitrust Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

01 December 2002 "FTC Announces Changes to Merger Review Process." Antitrust Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

01 November 2002 "EU/U.S. Merger Review: U.S. and EU Competition Authorities Announce Greater Cooperation in Merger Investigations." Focus On, Hogan & Hartson LLP

01 March 2002 "FTC Amends Hart-Scott-Rodino Rules Effective April 17, 2002 and Interim Rules Effective Immediately." FTC Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

Published Works
06 February 2014 "New Hart-Scott-Rodino and Interlocking Directorate Thresholds Announced for 2014." International Law Office

30 January 2014 "Judge Rules Non-Reportable, Consummated Merger Violates Antitrust Law." International Law Office

19 December 2013 "New Reporting Requirements for Pharmaceutical Patent Transfers." International Law Office

17 October 2013 "Updated Model Confidentiality Waiver for Use in Cross-Border Investigations." International Law Office

25 July 2013 "FTC hands down another fine for violation of pre-merger filing requirements." International Law Office

23 May 2013 "Kansas legislature overrides state court departure from Supreme Court precedent." Competition - USA, International Law Office

22 July 2011 "Lessons Learned From Negotiating 'Hold Separates'." Competition Law360, Portfolio Media, Inc.

10 February 2011 "Federal Trade Commission announces changes to jurisdictional thresholds." International Law Office, Globe Business Publishing

2009 "Merger Policy in Latin America." Competition Law and Policy in Latin America

30 June 2008 "New Antitrust & Competition Insight Mergermarket Report - Issue 10." mergermarket

31 March 2008 "New Antitrust & Competition Insight Mergermarket Report - Issue 9." mergermarket

31 December 2007 "New Antitrust & Competition Insight Mergermarket Report - Issue 8." mergermarket

01 June 2007 "The Tunney Act: A House Still Standing." The Antitrust Source, ABA

01 June 2007 "New Antitrust & Competition Insight Mergermarket Report - Issue 6." mergermarket

01 December 2006 "New Antitrust & Competition Insight Mergermarket Report - Issue 4." mergermarket

3/1/2006 "New Antitrust & Competition Insight Mergermarket Report." Mergermarket

20 March 2006 "Partial Acquisitions After Dairy Farmers: Got Answers?" Antitrust, ABA Section of Antitrust Law

14 March 2006 "Merger Process Reforms." The National Law Journal

01 October 2004 "Dos and Don'ts of Navigating Antitrust Merger Investigations." The Antitrust Review of the Americas, Global Competition Review

01 September 2003 "Coordinated Effects Analysis in Mergers." Global Competition Review.

01 October 2002 "'Gun-jumping': What are the Standards Governing Pre-consummation Activities?" Global Competition Review, Law Business Research

11 April 2002 "Federal Trade Commission Amends Hart-Scott-Rodino Rules." International Law Office

01 June 2001 "Divestiture Policy for New Economy Transactions." Antitrust

01 September 2000 "Antitrust Review of New Economy Transactions." Antitrust 15, no.1

RELATED EVENTS
15 May 2014
The Global Antitrust Corner – International Antitrust Investigations and Cooperation

06 February 2014 - 07 February 2014
GCR Live 3rd Annual Antitrust Law Leaders Forum

PRACTICES
Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation
INDUSTRY SECTORS
Aerospace, Defense, and Government Services
Life Sciences and Healthcare
Energy and Natural Resources Group
Technology, Media and Telecoms
AREAS OF FOCUS
  • Antitrust Counseling
  • Civil Investigations and Litigation
  • Joint Ventures
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
EDUCATION
J.D., Delaware Law School of Widener University, 1983 B.S., University of Delaware, 1978
MEMBERSHIPS
  • Section Delegate, Antitrust Law Section, American Bar Association, 2008-2012  
  • Member, Committee on Resolution and Impact Review, ABA House of Delegates, 2010-2012 
  • Council Member, Antitrust Law Section, American Bar Association, 2005-2008
  • Chair, Mergers & Acquisitions Committee, Antitrust law Section, American Bar Association, 2001-2005
  • Nongovernmental Advisor, Mergers Working Group of the International Competition Network
AWARDS / RANKINGS
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, Antitrust Litigation, 2012 and 2013
  • Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists, 2012-2013 
  • Legal Media Group, Guide to the World's Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers, 2012-2014 
  • Chambers USA, Competition and Antitrust, 2012-2014
  • Legal 500 US, Antitrust, 2012-2013 
  • PLC Competition Law, "Recommended" Competition Lawyer, 2012
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Antitrust Law, 2010-2014
BAR ADMISSIONS / QUALIFICATIONS U.S. Supreme Court District of Columbia Delaware Pennsylvania