The Who's Who Legal: Competition - Future Leaders 2017 singled out San Francisco-based Mr. Holian saying he is recommended for his strong track record representing technology companies in merger control proceedings before US and European antitrust authorities.

Named a Legal Lion for his representation of Orbitz Worldwide in the DOJ proceedings related to its US$1.6 billion merger with Expedia Inc. – Law360 2015

Joshua N. Holian

San Francisco
  • 505 Montgomery Street
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  • San Francisco, CA 94111-6538
  • USA

Joshua Holian represents clients across a range of industries in complex antitrust law matters. His global practice includes defending complex M&A transactions before the antitrust authorities in the US, the EU, and other jurisdictions, as well as guiding clients through competitive conduct investigations, distribution and pricing law issues, and antitrust litigation.

Mr. Holian, Chair of the firm's Knowledge Management Committee, defends clients pursuing M&A transactions before competition authorities across a wide of industries, including digital economy, semiconductors, life sciences, health care, manufacturing, chemicals, energy, entertainment, and others. He has extensive experience representing clients in federal and state antitrust and trade regulation matters. He advises clients being investigated by the US DOJ, the FTC, the European Commission, and other regulators in a wide range of matters.

Mr. Holian has published a number of articles on antitrust issues, including the recent 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

Merger Control

Mr. Holian's experience includes securing antitrust clearances for a wide range of complex, industry-shaping transactions, including the following:  

  • Intuit in multiple transactions, including its US$12 billion acquisition of MailChimp and its US$7 billion acquisition of Credit Karma
  • NVIDIA in multiple transactions
  • Mellanox in its US$6.9 billion acquisition by NVIDIA
  • Broadcom (Avago) in multiple transactions, including Avago’s US$37 billion acquisition of Broadcom
  • Drizly in its US$1.1 billion acquisition by Uber
  • Postmates in its US$2.6 billion acquisition by Uber
  • Oracle in multiple transactions, including its US$8.5 billion acquisition of BEA Systems
  • Orbitz Worldwide in its US$1.3 billion sale to Expedia
  • Electronic Arts in multiple transactions, including its acquisition of Pop Cap Games
  • Live Nation in its US$2.5 billion merger with Ticketmaster
  • OpenTable in connection with its US$2.6 billion acquisition by The Priceline Group
  • Lucasfilm in connection with its US$4.05 billion acquisition by The Walt Disney Company

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:

  • Broadcom in investigations of alleged exclusive dealing (resolved with no liability)
  • Avery Dennison in investigations of alleged price restraints (closed with no liability)
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