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Daniel Bitton represents clients in antitrust litigation, government investigations and merger clearance across a variety of industries, often involving multiple jurisdictions. Named one of the most highly regarded Future Leaders in Competition under 45 by Who's Who Legal and a Rising Star by Super Lawyers® and by New York Law Journal, Daniel has earned high praise from clients for his role in resolving high-stakes competition matters, including most recently:   

  • Leading efforts on behalf of Johnson Controls to secure global clearance for its $2 billion sale of Scott Safety to 3M
  • Leading efforts to secure clearance from DOJ for McKesson’s $3.4 billion healthcare technology joint venture with Change Healthcare
  • Leading efforts to secure global clearance for Dell Technologies’ $67 billion acquisition of EMC Corporation in 20 jurisdictions
  • Negotiating and securing global clearance for Thermo Fisher Scientific’s $13.6 billion acquisition of Life Technologies (Nominated for 2014 GCR "Matter of the Year" award)
  • Advising Google in its $2.35 billion sale of Motorola Home to ARRIS
  • Advising Google in antitrust litigation and government investigations of its business practices across the world
  • Representing Google in its $700 million acquisition of ITA Software (Winner of 2012 GCR "Merger Control Matter of the Year – Americas" award)
  • Helping Tomkins plc prevail in a landmark case before the European Court of Justice about parent liability for a former subsidiary’s cartel violations (Nominated for 2013 GCR "Behavioural Matter of the Year – Europe" award)
  • Litigating novel monopolization claims around misuse of patents and FDA regulations on behalf of Actavis 
  • Representing Take-Two before the FTC in connection with Electronic Art's $2 billion hostile tender offer for Take-Two

Clients and peers have referred to Daniel as "one of the most talented antitrust lawyers I know," "amazing at what [he does]," "an absolute pleasure to work with," "[] gifted [] when handling high-profile, international mergers," "He possesses excellent analytical ability with strong client skills and commercial awareness," and have called out Daniel’s "incredible work ethic," and "dedication, intensity and competence."  

Prior to joining Axinn, Daniel interned at the Federal Trade Commission and served as an advisor to the Independent Post and Telecommunications Authority and the Netherlands Competition Authority, in The Hague, The Netherlands. In that capacity, he worked on matters involving bid-rigging and monopolization, as well as various regulatory matters, including disputes about fixed and mobile interconnection rates, cable-access and local loop unbundling.

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Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Experience

  • Global antitrust lead for Johnson Controls in the $2 billion sale of its Scott Safety business to 3M.
  • Regular antitrust counsel to McKesson, including (among other matters) leading efforts to secure clearance for McKesson’s $3.4 billion healthcare technology joint venture with Change Healthcare (which entailed a 6+ month Second Request investigation), its $1.4 billion acquisition of CoverMyMeds, and its acquisitions of Labsco and Biologics.
  • Acted as lead global coordinating antitrust counsel to Dell Inc. in connection with its $67 billion acquisition of EMC Corporation.
  • Representing Danfoss A/S, Danfoss Flensburg GmbH and Danfoss LLC in a federal class action opt-out case alleging price fixing of household refrigerant compressors.

  • Represented H.I.G. Capital and recycled paperboard manufacturer Caraustar Industries, Inc. before the DOJ in 6+-month investigation of their $362.5 million acquisition of The Newark Group.

  • Represented Thermo Fisher before the FTC in its $13.6 billion acquisition of Life Technologies. (Nominated for 2014 GCR "Matter of the Year" award.) 
  • Advised Google in the $2.35 billion sale of its Motorola Home division to ARRIS. 
  • Advised Google in litigation and government investigations of its business practices. 
  • Advised Tomkins plc in European Court of Justice proceeding about parent liability for alleged price fixing by a former subsidiary. The ECJ found in favor of Tomkins plc. (Nominated for 2013 GCR “Behavioural Matter of the Year – Europe” award.) 
  • Represented Google before the DOJ in its $700 million acquisition of ITA Software. (Winner of 2012 GCR “Merger Control Matter of the Year – Americas” award.) 
  • Represented Omnicare in its $700 million hostile takeover bid for Pharmerica.
  • Prosecuted antitrust counterclaim for Actavis in a patent litigation. Defeated motion to dismiss on novel monopolization claims. 
  • Represented The Affinia Group & Wix Filtration in a multi-district price fixing class action. 
  • Represented Take-Two before the FTC in connection with Electronic Art's $2 billion hostile tender offer for Take-Two. 
  • Defended Actavis in trade dress litigation, securing a favorable settlement shortly before trial.

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Education

  • LLM – New York University School of Law (2004) Stibbe full scholarship and Noorthey scholarship
  • University of California Berkeley School of Law, Visiting Student (2000)
  • MA, Netherlands Law – Free University (2001)

Admissions

  • New York
  • US District Court Eastern District of New York
  • US District Court Southern District of New York
  • US District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • US Supreme Court