Joshua Holian is a leading practitioner in Latham & Watkins’ global antitrust law practice, advising companies at the leading edge of merger control, government investigations, and product distribution strategy issues.

Mr. Holian is at the forefront of evolving antitrust law and provides nuanced, pragmatic, and innovative advice that navigates clients through their most complex antitrust law matters. His global practice includes securing regulatory approvals and defending conduct investigations with clients under review by antitrust authorities in the US, EU, UK, China, and other jurisdictions. He has helped high profile clients in extremely scrutinized industries navigate both complex merger filings and conduct investigations. Praised for his ability to seamlessly translate legal advice into practical, strategic guidance, Mr. Holian advises companies and private equity sponsors on the real-world implications of their business strategies across a wide range of industries, including semiconductors, digital economy, life sciences, health care, industrials, and entertainment, among others.

Mr. Holian is a member of Latham's Chambers Band 1 California antitrust team, based in San Francisco and spent two years in Latham’s Chambers Band 1 Brussels office where he advised premier multinationals on complex antitrust issues. Mr. Holian currently chairs the firm's Knowledge Management Committee and sits on the firm’s Ethics Committee.

Mr. Holian has published a number of articles on antitrust issues, including a chapter entitled, "Practical Challenges Confronting Merger Reviews of Labor Markets" in the California Lawyers Association's Competition Journal (Fall 2022, Vol 32, No. 2) and a paper, “Three Key Issues for Managing Discovery in Global Merger Investigations: Coordinating Multijurisdictional Antitrust Reviews in Light of New Developments in UK and EU Merger Control Investigations” in the March 2019 Journal of European Competition Law & Practice.

Mr. Holian's has secured antitrust clearances for a wide range of complex, industry-shaping transactions across multiple jurisdictions. Representative examples include: 


  • Mellanox in its US$6.9 billion acquisition by NVIDIA
  • NVIDIA in its US$40 billion acquisition of Arm (terminated)
  • Avago in its US$37 billion acquisition of Broadcom and its US$5.5 billion acquisition of Brocade
  • IDT in its US$6.7 billion acquisition by Renesas

Digital Economy

  • Intuit in its US$12 billion acquisition of MailChimp and its US$7 billion acquisition of Credit Karma
  • Drizly in its US$1.1 billion acquisition by Uber
  • Postmates in its US$2.6 billion acquisition by Uber
  • Orbitz Worldwide in its US$1.3 billion sale to Expedia
  • Lucasfilm in connection with its US$4.05 billion acquisition by The Walt Disney Company

Sciences and Health Care

  • Affera in its US$1 billion acquisition by Medtronic
  • Opiant in its acquisition by Indivior
  • Payer Compass (Spectrum Equity) in its acquisition by Zelis


  • Archroma (SK Capital) on its acquisition of Huntsman’s Textile Effects Business
  • SK Capital on its acquisition of Valtris Specialty Chemicals
  • Avery Dennison in its acquisition of Smartrac


  • Live Nation in its US$2.5 billion merger with Ticketmaster
  • Cannery Casinos in their sale to Boyd Entertainment


Mr. Holian has guided multiple companies through antitrust investigations in the US, EU, and Asia in matters alleging single-firm conduct (exclusive dealing), vertical restraints (resale pricing), and joint activities (pricing agreements), as well as regulatory violations (interlocking directorates).

Examples include:

  • Advising a leading global semiconductor company in US and EC investigations alleging anticompetitive exclusive dealing arrangements
  • Advising a leading industrial supplier in US and EC investigations alleging illegal pricing restraints
  • Advising a leading technology platform in US investigations alleging illegal “interlocking directorates”

Bar Qualification

  • California


  • JD, Stanford Law School, 2000
  • BA, College of Wooster, 1995