“A terrific antitrust attorney.” 

“Operates in a clear-thinking and effective way.” 

“Well versed in securing merger clearances domestically and internationally.”

“Experienced in civil and criminal investigations.”

“A fantastic lawyer; a good, clear thinker and problem-solver.” 

Who's Who Legal – 2017-2021

Jason D. Cruise

Washington, D.C.
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  • Suite 1000
  • Washington, D.C. 20004-1304
  • USA

Jason Cruise is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins. He is recognized as a leading antitrust and competition lawyer in the Who’s Who Legal 2017-2021 guide, as one of the Top 10 Antitrust Lawyers in North America by MergerLinks in 2020 and 2021, and as a recommended lawyer for antitrust by The Legal 500 US.

Mr. Cruise focuses on a variety of antitrust matters, including obtaining clearance of mergers and acquisitions from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the US Department of Justice (DOJ), and other competition authorities around the world, including China's State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR). He also represents clients in connection with FTC and DOJ civil and criminal investigations. In addition, he represents corporations and individuals in complex civil antitrust litigation involving claims of price fixing and monopolization, and counsels clients on a wide range of antitrust issues such as competitor collaboration, information sharing, and sales and marketing practices.

Mr. Cruise is a former member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.

Thought Leadership

Select publications and lectures include:

  • "FTC Turns Up the Pressure on Oil and Gas M&A", Latham & Watkins Client Alert, April 4, 2022
  • Guest Lecturer, Global Antitrust Law Seminar, George Mason University Law School, April 2021
  • Guest Lecturer, Global Antitrust Law Seminar, George Mason University Law School, April 2020 
  • “Antitrust Enforcement Trends in 2019: Practical Guide for Businesses,” Knowledge Group Webcast, June 6, 2019
  • “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,” Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, February 26, 2019 
  • “Five Global Merger Control Developments You Need to Know: 2018 Midyear Report,” Law360 Competition e-newsletter, July 6, 2018 
  • Guest Lecturer, Global Antitrust Law Seminar, George Mason University Law School, March 2018
  • DOJ Enforcement Update, ABA Corporate Counseling Committee, February 22, 2018
  • “DOJ Files Unusual Suit to Unwind a Consummated Merger: 3 Lessons,” Client Alert, September 29, 2017 
  • “The Philippine Antitrust Regime in a Post Transition World,” 2017 In-House Congress Manila, July 13, 2017 
  • “China’s MOFCOM Announces First-Ever Gun-Jumping Penalty in a Transaction Not Involving a Chinese Company,” Client Alert, January 9, 2017
  • “10 Takeaways From Recent Global Merger Control Timelines,” Law360, December 2, 2016
  • “5 Global Merger Control Developments You Need To Know,”  Law360 Competition e-newsletter, July 18, 2016
  • “Merger Control: How Remedies are Approached in Different Jurisdictions,” ABA Section of International Law’s International Antitrust Committee, June 23, 2016
  • “Annual HSR Threshold Adjustments Announced,” Client Alert, January 22, 2016
  • “International Antitrust Committee: The Newsletter,” ABA Section of International Law Fall Newsletter, October 13, 2015
  • “FTC Limits Investment Rental Property Exemption,” Client Alert, July 30, 2015
  • “Practical Guide to the US Merger Review Process,” Concurrences Competition Law Journal, January 31, 2014

Mr. Cruise’s experience includes representing:

  • Targa Resources in its acquisition of Southcross Energy assets
  • Viasat in its combination with Inmarsat
  • Desktop Metal in its acquisition of ExOne
  • Ortho Clinical Diagnostics in its acquisition by Quidel
  • Falcon Minerals in its merger with Desert Peak Minerals
  • Chesapeake Energy in its acquisition of Vine Energy
  • Crestwood and Con Edison in their sale of Stagecoach Gas Services to Kinder Morgan
  • Energy Transfer in its acquisition of Enable Midstream Partners
  • Diamondback Energy in its sale of Williston Basin Assets to Oasis
  • Chevron in its acquisition of Noble Midstream Partners
  • Sasol in its Lake Charles Chemical Plant joint venture with LyondellBasell
  • CenterPoint Energy in its sale of Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited to Powerteam Services
  • UGI in its acquisition of Mountaineer Gas Company
  • TechnipFMC in its spin-off of Technip Energies
  • Amphenol Corporation in its acquisition of MTS Systems
  • QEP Resources in its merger with Diamondback Energy
  • Desktop Metal in its acquisition of EnvisionTEC
  • Callaway Golf in its acquisition of Topgolf Entertainment
  • Hyundai Motors in its acquisition of Boston Dynamics
  • Riverstone Energy in the sale of its offshore Gulf of Mexico portfolio to Talos Energy
  • Citizen Energy in its acquisition of Roan Resources
  • Nestlé Health Science in its acquisition of Vital Proteins
  • Siemens Healthineers in its acquisition of Varian Medical Systems
  • NRG in its acquisition of Direct Energy
  • Shell Midstream Partners’ Conflicts Committee in its acquisition of assets from Royal Dutch Shell
  • Aero Precision in its acquisition of Kellstrom
  • Waste Connections in its acquisition of Penn Waste
  • Astorg in its acquisition of eResearchTechnology
  • Vistra Energy in its acquisition of Crius Energy
  • Leeds Equity Partners in its acquisition of Scaled Agile
  • Pembina Pipeline in its US$4.35 billion acquisition of Kinder Morgan Canada and the Cochin Pipeline
  • Hyundai Motor Group in its Autonomous Driving Joint Venture with Aptiv
  • Astorg in its acquisition of Anaqua
  • Energy Transfer in its acquisition of SemGroup
  • Vistra Energy in its acquisition of Ambit Energy
  • Midstates Petroleum in its merger of equals with Amplify Energy
  • Astorg in its acquisition of Nemera
  • Energy Capital Partners in its sale of Wheelabrator Technologies to Macquarie Infrastructure Partners
  • UGI Corporation in its acquisition of AmeriGas Partners
  • Charoen Pokphand Foods in its C$498 million acquisition of HyLife
  • Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets in its sale of its interest in Puget Holdings
  • EQM Midstream Partners in its US$1.03 billion acquisition of Eureka Midstream Holdings and Hornet Midstream Holdings
  • Hess Corporation in its US$225 million sale of Bakken Water Business
  • Callaway Golf in its €418 million acquisition of Jack Wolfskin
  • QEP in its US$735 million sale of Northwest Louisiana natural gas assets
  • Energy Capital Partners in its sale of ADA Carbon Solutions to Advanced Emissions Solutions
  • HPS Investment Partners in its US$2.825 billion sale of Waste Industries
  • Southwestern Energy in the US$1.86 billion sale of its Fayetteville Shale businesses to Flywheel Energy
  • Waste Connections in its acquisition of Waste Technologies
  • Siemens in its acquisition of Mendix
  • Accudyne in its US$1.2 billion sale to Hitachi of assets of Sullair Air Compressor
  • Waste Connections in its acquisition of Groot Industries
  • ArcLight Capital Partners in its acquisition of Axeon Specialty Products
  • Waste Connections in its acquisition of Bay Disposal & Recycling
  • Riverstone in its US$1.6 billion acquisition of Lucid Energy’s Delaware Basin subsidiary
  • Shandong Ruyi in its acquisition of Invista’s Apparel & Advanced Textiles business, including the LYCRA® brand
  • Kayne Anderson in its Altus Midstream joint venture with Apache
  • D.C. United owner Trinugraha Thohir Sports in the sale of its ownership interest
  • Rice Midstream Partners’ Conflicts Committee in Rice’s transaction with EQT
  • Morgan Stanley Infrastructure in its acquisition of subsidiaries of Brazos Midstream
  • Layne Christensen in its US$565 million acquisition by Granite Construction
  • Callaway Golf in its US$125.5 million acquisition of TravisMathew
  • Energy Transfer in the acquisition of its compression business by USA Compression
  • Nestlé in its acquisition of a majority stake in Blue Bottle Coffee 
  • Impact Biomedicines in its acquisition by Celgene
  • Siemens in the combination of its Mobility business with Alstom
  • Israel Chemicals in the US$1 billion sale of its fire safety and oil additives businesses to SK Capital Partners
  • Weatherford in the sale of its US hydraulic fracturing business to Schlumberger
  • Energy Capital Partners in its US$17 billion acquisition of Calpine Corporation
  • Waste Connections in its combination with Progressive Waste Solutions Limited
  • Warburg Pincus Asia in its acquisition of ARA Asset Management Limited
  • Odyssey Investment Partners in its sale of Safway Group to Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services
  • Vistra Energy in its US$350 million acquisition of the Odessa plant from Koch Industries
  • Ensco in its acquisition of Atwood Oceanics
  • PennTex Midstream Partners in its US$640 million sale to Energy Transfer Partners
  • Rice Energy in its US$2.7 billion acquisition of Vantage Energy
  • Silver Run Acquisition Corporation II in its acquisition of Alta Mesa and Kingfisher Midstream
  • Siemens in its US$4.5 billion acquisition of Mentor Graphics Corporation
  • LDiscovery in its acquisition of Kroll Ontrack
  • VIZIO, Inc. in its US$2.25 billion sale to LeEco
  • FMC Technologies in its US$13 billion merger of equals with Technip
  • Alorica in its acquisition of Expert Global Solutions
  • BC Partners and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) in their sale of a stake in Suddenlink Communications
  • Johnson Electric in its approximately C$800 million acquisition of Stackpole International
  • Amphenol in its US$1.275 billion acquisition of FCI Asia Pte Ltd.
  • Siemens in its US$7.6 billion acquisition of Dresser-Rand
  • Suburban Propane Partners in its US$1.8 billion acquisition of Inergy Propane
  • Tervita in the sale of its US subsidiary to Republic Services
  • Sorin in its US$2.7 billion merger with Cyberonics
  • ArthroCare in its US$1.7 billion acquisition by Smith & Nephew
  • Energy Transfer Partners in its US$18 billion combination with Regency Energy Partners
  • Veyance Technologies in its US$1.9 billion acquisition by Continental AG
  • GeoEye in its US$900 million acquisition by DigitalGlobe, including DOJ Second Request
  • Global Crossing in its US$3 billion acquisition by Level 3 Communications, including DOJ Second Request
  • Quest Software in its US$2.4 billion acquisition by Dell
  • Genband in its US$282 million acquisition of the carrier VoIP and application solutions business of Nortel Networks
  • Beckman Coulter in its US$800 million acquisition of the clinical diagnostics business of Olympus Corporation and the US$5.9 billion acquisition by Danaher Corporation
  • American Medical Systems in its US$2.6 billion acquisition by Endo Pharmaceuticals Holdings
  • Visiogen in its US$400 million acquisition by Abbott Laboratories
  • Energy Transfer Equity in its US$8.9 billion acquisition of Southern Union Company
  • Rowan Companies in the US$1.1 billion acquisition of Rowan subsidiary LeTourneau Technologies by Joy Global
  • K-Sea Transportation Partners in its US$604 million acquisition by Kirby Corporation
  • Volcom in its US$600 million acquisition by PPR S.A.
  • Coca-Cola Enterprises in its US$12.3 billion acquisition by The Coca-Cola Company, including negotiation of FTC consent decree
  • Nestlé U.S.A. and Nestlé Waters N.A. in various acquisitions, including the acquisition of Sweet Leaf Tea Company
  • World Kitchen in its acquisition of Snapware
  • Singapore Airlines in a class action defense
  • Actavis in its US$5 billion acquisition of Warner Chilcott
  • Medicis in its US$2.6 billion acquisition by Valeant
  • Safran in its €300 million acquisition of the aerospace electrical power systems business of Goodrich
  • Energy Transfer Partners in its US$5.3 billion acquisition of Sunoco
  • One Call Medical in its acquisition of TechHealth 
  • Tomkins in the US$1.1 billion sale of its air distribution division
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