Meghan Rissmiller

Meghan Rissmiller

Partner
Washington, D.C.

Email meghan.rissmiller@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +1 202 637 4658

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

Meghan (Edwards-Ford) Rissmiller guides companies through the U.S. merger clearance process. Whether before the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division or the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Meghan has the experience and know-how to help companies develop effective global clearance strategies, particularly when the transaction is complex and the antitrust issues are challenging.

She counsels clients on a range of non-merger antitrust and consumer protection issues and has litigated antitrust cases in federal court and administrative actions. Meghan has experience in multiple industries, with a focus on consumer goods and diversified industrials. She is a trusted advisor to many global companies because of her ability to become immersed in her clients' businesses and to provide thoughtful commercial advice.

Meghan joined Hogan Lovells after clerking for the Honorable Jane R. Roth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, giving her valuable insight into judicial thinking and how to successfully advocate for her clients. Prior to attending law school, Meghan spent two years as a national security analyst for a major U.S. defense contractor.

In addition to maintaining a rigorous legal practice, Meghan is a leader in the American Bar Association's Section of Antitrust Law through her role as a Vice Chair of the Federal Civil Enforcement Committee. She co-leads Hogan Lovells' African-American Attorney Affinity Network and is a longstanding member of the DC office's law school and judicial clerk recruitment committee.

Awards and recognitions

2019-2020

Who's Who Legal: Competition Future Leader
Who's Who Legal

2017-2018

Antitrust: Merger Control
Legal 500 US

Education and admissions

Education

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2008

B.A., College of William & Mary, magna cum laude, 2003

Memberships

Vice Chair, Federal Civil Enforcement Committee, American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law

Member, Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association

Member, Young Lawyers Division, American Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia

Maryland

Court admissions

District of Columbia Court of Appeals

Maryland Court of Appeals

U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

Representative experience

Represented Amcor plc in its US$6.8bn acquisition of Bemis Company, Inc.

Represented BASF in its USD$2.7bn water and paper chemicals transaction with Solenis.

Represented Change Healthcare in obtaining unconditional antitrust clearance from the U.S. DOJ for its US$3.4bn JV with McKesson Technology Solutions.

Antitrust counsel to ARRIS in its US$2.1bn acquisition of Pace plc, obtaining unconditional antitrust clearance from the DOJ and in its US$2.35bn acquisition of Google Inc.'s Motorola Home business.

Provided antitrust counsel to Dell in the US$3bn divestiture of its global information technology services division (Dell Services) to NTT Data.

Advised IBM in the divestiture of its semiconductor business to GlobalFoundries.

Antitrust counsel to PPG Industries, Inc. in its US$1.05bn acquisition of the North American architectural coatings business of Akzo-Nobel S.A.

Antitrust counsel to Orbital Sciences Corporation in its US$5bn merger of equals with Alliant Techsystems (ATK).

Antitrust counsel to GenCorp Inc. in its US$550m acquisition of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne.

Antitrust counsel to Illinois Tools Works Inc. in the US$650m divestiture of its industrial finishing businesses.

Counsel to LabCorp in the defense of its challenged merger with Westcliff Medical Laboratories. Named "Litigation of the Year" at the 2012 GCR Awards.

Counseling clients in multiple industries on various antitrust issues, including issues related to pricing, vertical agreements, joint ventures, information sharing, and consumer protection.

Represent consumer goods company in FTC consumer protection investigation.

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