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Joseph G. Krauss

Washington, D.C.

Joseph G. Krauss

Joe Krauss is among the leaders in advising clients on antitrust issues and requirements raised by their M&A transactions. With over 30 years of experience, including one third of it with the U.S. government, Joe brings not only a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role at Hogan Lovells, but vision as well — anticipating and helping clients solve a range of cutting-edge challenges so they can get their deals done quickly and efficiently.

Joe has advised clients on large and small deals, in the U.S., as well as international, and deals in a wide range of industries. He knows that the best way to advocate for your deal is to know your business — how it works and "what makes it tick" — and to know your industry. He brings a practical eye to find the best facts and legal arguments that will get your deal cleared with as minimal interference and delay as possible.

Joe is plugged into antitrust policy-makers through his 11 years at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, and knows the pulse of how agency staff and management are viewing transactions. He is trusted by the agencies — staff and management know him and know that he is a straight-shooter. Joe is regularly asked to assist or opine on proposed policy changes — he was called on to comment on the 2010 Horizontal Merger Guidelines before they were adopted, and has been asked by the DOJ to serve as divestiture trustee.

Joe is also plugged into international merger enforcement and antitrust policy, and has been invited to speak at numerous conferences around the world and has assisted competition agencies in several countries in their development and enforcement of antitrust law and policy. Joe is a nongovernmental advisor to the Mergers Working Group of the International Competition Network (ICN).

"[A] really, really sharp lawyer."

Chambers 2014

Representative experience

Advised Alstom SA with respect to competition issues raised by its US$ 14bn merger with General Electric.

Advised Orbital Sciences in its US$4bn merger with ATK.

Counsel to HarperCollins Publishing in its acquisitions of Harlequin Publishing and Thomas Nelson Publishing.

Counsel to S1 Corporation in its merger with ACI Worldwide, Inc.

Counsel to General Dynamics Corporation in multiple defense industry acquisitions and investigations.

Counsel to Anschutz Entertainment Group in the DOJ investigation of the merger of Ticketmaster and LiveNation.

Counsel to Laboratory Corporation of America in numerous acquisitions, including those of Westcliff Laboratories, and Orchid Cellmark, Inc.

Airbus Group in its joint venture with OneWeb.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Delaware Law School of Widener University, 1983
  • B.S., University of Delaware, 1978


  • Chair, Mergers & Acquisitions Committee, Antitrust law Section, American Bar Association, 2001-2005
  • Council Member, Antitrust Law Section, American Bar Association, 2005-2008
  • Member, Committee on Resolution and Impact Review, ABA House of Delegates, 2010-2012
  • Nongovernmental Advisor, Mergers Working Group of the International Competition Network
  • Section Delegate, Antitrust Law Section, American Bar Association, 2008-2012

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania (inactive)
  • Delaware (inactive)

Court admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court


Antitrust (District of Columbia)

Chambers USA


Antitrust Law

The Best Lawyers in America


Antitrust: Merger Control

Legal 500 US


Guide to the World's Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers

Legal Media Group


Mergers, Acquisitions, and Buyouts: Antitrust

Legal 500 US


"Recommended" Competition Lawyer

PLC Competition Law


Antitrust Litigation

Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers


The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists

Who's Who Legal

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