March 28, 2014
Global Competition Review (GCR) has awarded the US Airways/American Airlines merger its “Matter of the Year” award, which acknowledges “innovative, strategic work by legal teams and economists over a spectrum of competition matters worldwide.” A cross-border Latham & Watkins team advised US Airways on this US$18 billion merger.
The merger was shortlisted “on account of the shrewd, pre-emptive lawyering required to outmanoeuvre lawsuits from a host of antitrust enforcers, which was recognized by voters as exemplary strategic practice in competition law.” GCR is widely recognized as the world’s foremost competition law and policy journal. Award recipients are nominated by and voted for by GCR readers. Howard Kass, Vice President—Regulatory Affairs of our client American Airlines, was also recognized at the awards ceremony as GCR’s “Corporate Counsel of the Year” for his work on the US Airways/American Airlines merger while at US Airways.
Latham & Watkins Brussels Office Managing Partner and Local Litigation Department Chair Jean Paul Poitras commented: “We are proud of our work on this merger, which created a premier global airline carrier and fundamentally altered the world of aviation, and we are extremely honored to be recognized by GCR along with the rest of the counsel team that worked on the deal. We are also honored to have worked under Howard’s leadership in the effort to secure clearance for the merger globally and congratulate him on being named Corporate Counsel of the Year.”