Meghan (Edwards-Ford) Rissmiller guides companies through the thicket of U.S. merger clearance. Whether before the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division or the Federal Trade Commission, Meghan has the experience and know-how to help companies develop effective clearance strategies, particularly when the transaction is complex and the antitrust issues are challenging.
She also counsels clients on a range of non-merger antitrust and consumer protection issues and has litigated antitrust cases in federal court and administrative actions. She has particular knowledge of technology, media, and telecommunications; aerospace, defense, and government services; and automotive industries. Her deep understanding of her clients' industries and business needs make her a trusted advisor to many global companies.
Meghan joined Hogan Lovells after clerking for the Honorable Jane R. Roth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The experience gave her valuable insight into judicial thinking and how to advocate successfully on behalf of clients. Prior to attending law school, Meghan spent two years as a national security analyst for a major U.S. defense contractor based in Virginia, where she gained crisis management skills, an understanding of interagency relationships, and mastered the alphabet soup of U.S. Defense Department acronyms.
In addition to maintaining a rigorous legal practice, Meghan is active in the American Bar Association's section of antitrust law. She's a vice chair of the pricing committee and a former member of the editorial board of the Antitrust Source. She's a longstanding member of the law school and judicial clerk recruitment committee at Hogan Lovells and supports many of the firm's diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Antitrust counsel to ARRIS in its US$2.1bn acquisition of Pace plc.
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 ARRIS in its US$2.35bn acquisition of Google Inc.'s Motorola Home business.
Antitrust counsel to Affinia in the divestitures of its brake, chassis, and filtration businesses.
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 Illinois Tools Works Inc. in the US$650m divestiture of its industrial finishing businesses.
Antitrust counsel to Laboratory Corporation of America in its acquisition of Westcliff Medical Laboratories assets; also obtained merger clearance.
Represented Daimler Trucks North America in antitrust class actions alleging conspiracy by U.S. truck manufacturers and transmission supplier.
Represented Choice Hotels in antitrust class action alleging conspiracy between hotels and online travel agencies; successfully obtained dismissal.
Represented Ford Motor Company in antitrust litigation pursuing claims against polyurethane foam manufacturer alleged to have conspired to raise price.
Represented Methodist Healthcare in antitrust class action alleging conspiracy to fix wages of registered nurses.