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On April 12, the DOJ and FTC issued a joint statement titled “Preserving Competition in the Defense Industry,” which reiterates the analytical framework for reviewing defense industry mergers and acquisitions set forth in the DOJ/FTC 2010 Horizontal Merger Guidelines, and emphasizes that the antitrust agencies will continue to give substantial weight to the DOD’s own internal assessment of such transactions – highlighting the need for companies in the defense industry to adopt a coordinated strategy when pursuing strategic transactions.  According to the accompanying press release, the agencies “thought it timely to reinforce [the] message” that they remain “committed to preserving competition for current and future defense procurement … [i]n light of recent speculation about possible future consolidation,” an indication to companies considering defense industry mergers and acquisitions that the cognizant oversight agencies are likely to remain active in reviewing such transactions.

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Photo of Steve McBrady Steve McBrady

Steve McBrady is a partner and co-chair of Crowell & Moring’s Government Contracts Group. He also serves as a member of the firm’s Finance and Strategic Growth Committees, where he has played a leading role in expanding client service offerings throughout the U.S.…

Steve McBrady is a partner and co-chair of Crowell & Moring’s Government Contracts Group. He also serves as a member of the firm’s Finance and Strategic Growth Committees, where he has played a leading role in expanding client service offerings throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

In recent years, Steve has received the National Law Journal’s “Winning Litigator” award as a lawyer who has “tackled some of the most widely watched cases of the year,” as well as the “D.C. Trailblazer” award, recognizing lawyers who have “made significant marks on the practice.” In 2018, he was named “Government Contracts MVP” by Law360.

Photo of Peter J. Eyre Peter J. Eyre

Peter J. Eyre is a partner and co-chair of Crowell & Moring’s Government Contracts Group. He is also a member of the firm’s Management Board. Peter was named to BTI Consulting Group’s list of “Client Service All-Stars” in 2016, 2017, and 2019 and…

Peter J. Eyre is a partner and co-chair of Crowell & Moring’s Government Contracts Group. He is also a member of the firm’s Management Board. Peter was named to BTI Consulting Group’s list of “Client Service All-Stars” in 2016, 2017, and 2019 and has been named an Acritas Star, Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers (2016, 2017, 2019). He is nationally ranked by Chambers USA in Government Contracts since 2014, and by Super Lawyers since 2017.

Photo of Alan W. H. Gourley Alan W. H. Gourley

Alan W. H. Gourley is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of Crowell & Moring and serves as a member of the Steering Committee for the firm’s Government Contracts Group. He graduated magna cum laude from Beloit College…

Alan W. H. Gourley is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of Crowell & Moring and serves as a member of the Steering Committee for the firm’s Government Contracts Group. He graduated magna cum laude from Beloit College in 1977 and from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1981. He is a member of the District of Columbia bar.

Photo of Shawn R. Johnson Shawn R. Johnson

Shawn Johnson is a partner and co-chair of Crowell & Moring’s Antitrust & Competition Group and is located in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

Shawn’s practice involves antitrust counseling on a wide variety of subjects, with particular focus on transactional antitrust matters such…

Shawn Johnson is a partner and co-chair of Crowell & Moring’s Antitrust & Competition Group and is located in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

Shawn’s practice involves antitrust counseling on a wide variety of subjects, with particular focus on transactional antitrust matters such as mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures. Recognized by The Best Lawyers in AmericaThe Legal 500Super LawyersGlobal Competition Review and others, Shawn has guided numerous transactions through the U.S. and foreign antitrust/competition review process and is experienced at drafting and negotiating the antitrust aspects of complex transactions.

Photo of Ryan C. Tisch Ryan C. Tisch

Ryan C. Tisch is a partner in the firm’s Antitrust & Competition Group. He specializes in complex U.S. and foreign merger‐control matters, antitrust counseling, and government antitrust investigations of both horizontal and vertical conduct.

Ryan regularly advises clients across a broad range of…

Ryan C. Tisch is a partner in the firm’s Antitrust & Competition Group. He specializes in complex U.S. and foreign merger‐control matters, antitrust counseling, and government antitrust investigations of both horizontal and vertical conduct.

Ryan regularly advises clients across a broad range of industries in the U.S., U.K., Europe, Asia, and many other international jurisdictions on complex antitrust matters including joint venture agreements, risk mitigation with respect to trade association activities, standard setting, data exchanges, and vertical issues, including resale price maintenance, price discrimination, and distribution issues. He has particular experience securing merger approvals for large transactions facing review in multiple international jurisdictions—in addition to his practice before the U.S. DOJ and FTC, Ryan has managed substantive merger review matters approved by the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority, the South African Competition Tribunal, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, and the Chinese State Administration for Market Regulation, among others.