Antitrust Lawyer Gorav Jindal Joins Akin Gump in Washington

(Washington, D.C.) – Akin Gump today announced that Gorav Jindal has joined the firm as a partner in its antitrust practice in Washington. Mr. Jindal, who counsels clients on the antitrust aspects of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, comes to Akin Gump from Dechert.

Mr. Jindal’s practice combines government and private sector experience on behalf of clients in a variety of industries, including pharmaceutical, supermarket chain, specialty chemical, travel management and global distribution service, online recruiting, dairy and casino. For these clients, he handles all phases of merger investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). He has steered clients through the antitrust aspects of transformative transactions and antitrust litigation and was a key member of the team that won Global Competition Review’s antitrust “Matter of the Year” award in 2014.

“Gorav represents the true Akin Gump spirit, combining an incredible knowledge of the law with intense client commitment, a highly collaborative approach to working with his colleagues and a commitment to giving back to his community,” said Akin Gump chairperson Kim Koopersmith. “He adds a significant dimension to our merger advice capabilities and will be a strong complement to our clients in the corporate, health care and intellectual property spaces. I am excited to have Gorav here at Akin Gump and welcome him to the firm.”

“With Gorav on our team, we will continue to build on our existing strengths in client counseling, litigation and investigations,” said Stephen M. Baldini, head of Akin Gump’s litigation practice. “He brings great depth as well as extensive experience in a number of industries, particularly the health care world, which will be of great value, and we are thrilled he decided to join us.”

Added Kerry E. Berchem, head of Akin Gump’s corporate practice, “Gorav brings considerable strength to our transactional antitrust capabilities, having worked on many high-profile mergers during the past 16 years of private practice. He will be a great addition to our team, and we are enthusiastic about introducing him to our clients.”

One area of particular focus for Mr. Jindal is pharmaceuticals, where he has represented both large and small companies under FTC investigation for allegedly fixing prices, improperly listing patents, entering into illegal patent settlements and allegedly engaging in business practices designed to unfairly lengthen the lifecycle of branded drugs under the Hatch-Waxman Act.

Mr. Jindal also represents clients in antitrust litigation and in investigations of matters involving suspected price-fixing, bid-rigging and exclusive dealing.

“Akin Gump stands out as a go-to firm for companies in need of cutting-edge legal advice,” said Mr. Jindal. “I see great synergies between the firm’s corporate, health care/life sciences and energy practices and my own areas of focus, making this a perfect match for me. I am excited about working alongside the talented attorneys here.”

About Gorav Jindal

Mr. Jindal began his career as a staff attorney in the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. In that role, he investigated a number of prominent transactions, including mergers in the publishing, computer hardware and chemical industries. He was responsible for interviewing and securing testimony, deposing witnesses, preparing expert testimony, assisting in drafting recommendations to the Bureau’s management and drafting settlements.

Mr. Jindal has also maintained a committed and varied pro bono practice and has been recognized by the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs for his work in the field of fair housing.

Mr. Jindal is a frequent speaker and author on a range of competition law issues and is an active member of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee of the American Bar Association Antitrust Section. He graduated with a joint B.S. in Industrial and Operations Engineering and B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan, and he received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.

About Akin Gump’s Antitrust Practice

Akin Gump’s antitrust practice defends civil and criminal investigations, not only in antitrust matters, but also in those involving related competition laws such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, False Claims Act and consumer protection laws. The firm’s lawyers appear regularly before the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, state attorneys general and federal regulatory agencies on antitrust and competition matters spanning many industries, including health care, energy, pharmaceuticals and intellectual property.

Akin Gump’s antitrust lawyers also focus heavily on mergers and acquisitions, representing buyers, sellers, targets and financial institutions. The firm engages in creative and effective antitrust counseling in all aspects of the merger planning process and has successfully defended a large number of antitrust merger investigations through effective presentations to government antitrust enforcement lawyers and economists.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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