The Mergers Committee focuses on competition issues arising in domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures. The Committee provides a forum for members to discuss recent antitrust developments and trends concerning merger activity through panels and conferences featuring private practitioners, enforcers, and in-house counsel, as well as other initiatives.

The purpose of the Mergers Committee is to be a resource for defense, plaintiffs, government, and in-house attorneys and economists on critical developments and complex issues in antitrust law as it relates to mergers and acquisitions. The Committee holds periodic meetings, panels, and other events to foster discussion and collaboration among those who provide advice and counseling on antitrust issues that may arise in mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures.

Importantly, the Mergers Committee serves as a platform for members to engage and network with fellow antitrust practitioners across sectors. Members are encouraged to participate in committee programs through speaking and writing opportunities.

Matthew K. Hayden

Vice Chair

Matthew K. Hayden
Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP
114 West 47th Street | New York, NY 10036
[email protected] | TEL 212.728.2216

Matt Hayden is an associate in the antitrust group in Axinn’s New York office. His practice focuses on antitrust litigation, government investigations, and transactions. Matt regularly advises and assists clients in a wide range of industries in matters before the US Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and international competition authorities.

Lauren Rackow


Lauren Rackow
Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
32 Old Slip, New York, NY 10005
t: +1.212.701.3725 | [email protected]
Lauren Rackow is Counsel at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP. Her practice is focused on a wide range of antitrust matters, advising and representing clients on mergers and acquisitions, complex antitrust litigation, government investigations, financing transactions with the potential for antitrust risk, and antitrust compliance.

Todd Garcia


J. Todd Garcia Jr.
601 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022
T +1 212 909 3382 M +1 332 216 8729
F +1 212 446 4900
[email protected]

Todd Garcia is an antitrust and competition partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He represents clients in a broad range of industries in antitrust merger reviews, investigations and litigation before and against the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice. He also has experience in cartel litigation and multi-billion dollar general commercial litigation.

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