Ashley Howlett | Washington, D.C. | Hogan Lovells

Ashley Howlett

Partner Global Regulatory



Howlett Ashley

Ashley Howlett
Howlett Ashley
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Ashley Howlett delivers business-minded antitrust advice to help her clients navigate even the most complex investigations and get the deal done.

Ashley's practice focuses on antitrust clearance and analysis of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), particularly those involving multi-jurisdictional investigations and second requests. She also has experience in nonmerger antitrust investigations, litigation, and counseling. Ashley has assisted in representing clients in matters before the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as well as various U.S. federal courts. During a secondment with Verizon Communications, Ashley served as in-house counsel, advising on various antitrust matters. She co-authored an antitrust compliance treatise published by Bloomberg Industry Group as part of the Corporate Practice series.

While at Harvard Law School, Ashley served as the managing editor of the Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice, participated in the Harvard Negotiation and Trial Advocacy Workshops, worked as a student attorney in the Harvard Transactional Law Clinic, and served as an intern at the Fair Labor Division of the Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts. Prior to law school, Ashley interned at several internationally recognized financial and professional services firms. She also participated in the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity corporate law program.

Before joining the firm, Ashley was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of a major international law firm.

Representative experience

Represented Aetna Inc. in its attempted US$37bn acquisition of Humana Inc.*

Completed a six-month secondment with Verizon Communications' in-house antitrust team.

Represented KSL Capital Partners in its acquisition of several ski resorts.

Represented Orbital ATK in its transaction with Northrop Grumman Corp.

Represented Tops Markets in its acquisition of Price Chopper/Market 32.

Represented UnitedHealth Group in its acquisition of CareMount Medical Group.

Represented Intel in its acquisition of Moovit.

Represented Endemol Shine in its acquisition by Banijay Group.

Represented UnitedHealth Group in its $13 billion acquisition of Change Healthcare – named Merger Control Matter of the Year by Global Competition Review.

Defended against the first DOJ Second Request investigations of transactions in the cannabis industry.

Represented NWEA in its transaction with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Represented TBC Corporation in its transaction with Mavis Tire Express Services Corp.

Represented PayPal in the sale of its Happy Returns business to UPS.

Represented Eastman Chemical in its acquisition of Commonwealth Laminating & Coating.*

Represented Procter & Gamble in the sale of RMT Brands to Coty Inc.*

Represented CommScope Holding Company Inc. in its acquisition of TE Connectivity's Telecom, Enterprise and Wireless businesses.*

Represented CBS Corporation in its acquisition of Beasley Broadcast Group.*

Represented Cumulus Media Group in the post-consummation review of its acquisition of WestwoodOne, Inc. *

Represented Ben Venue Laboratories, Inc. (a member of the Boehringer Ingelheim Group of Companies) in transactions with Hikma Pharmaceuticals plc.*

Represented Georgia-Pacific in its aquisition of Temple-Inland Building Products from International Paper Company.*

Represented Attachmate in its merger with Micro Focus International plc.*

Represented Chevron Pipe Line Company in the sale of its Northwest Products System to Tesoro Logistics LP.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.


  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2012
  • M.B.A., Hampton University, 2008
  • B.S., Hampton University, summa cum laude, Presidential Scholarship recipient, 2007
Bar admissions and qualifications
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • American Bar Association, Antitrust Section, Corporate Counseling Committee, Vice Chair
  • American Bar Association, Antitrust Section, Women.Connected Committee, Vice Chair
  • American Bar Association, Antitrust Section, Compliance & Ethics Committee, Young Lawyer Representative
  • Fellow, 2023 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)


Antitrust Law, Ones to Watch

The Best Lawyers in America

Merger Control Matter of the Year - Americas

Global Competition Review

Editorial Board, Antitrust