Jonathan S. Kanter
Jonathan Kanter is a leading antitrust lawyer who represents major corporations in connection with high-profile mergers, joint ventures, and civil non-merger investigations before the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and state antitrust authorities.
Highly regarded for his work in the internet and technology industry, Chambers USA has distinguished Jonathan as among the nation's foremost antitrust attorneys. Jonathan was part of the team that received the 2012 Global Competition Review Award for Merger Control Matter of the Year - Europe for their work advising Microsoft Corporation in its $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype. He has also been honored by Law360 as a Rising Star and one of the top five antitrust lawyers under the age of 40 to watch. The Legal 500 has recognized Jonathan for his strength in economic analysis and for "providing practical and high-quality advice" to clients.
Notable representations include Microsoft Corporation in connection with numerous acquisitions and in the settlement of its landmark U.S. v. Microsoft and N.Y. v. Microsoft antitrust cases. Other notable matters include representing Bacardi in its recent victory in Johnson Brothers Liquor Company v. Bacardi U.S.A. and in a joint venture with Brown Forman. Jonathan has also represented Village Voice Media in its merger with New Times Media and MGM Mirage in connection with its multi-billion dollar acquisition of Mandalay Resort Group. He also represents and advises energy companies, including in non-public matters currently pending before the FTC.
In addition, Law360 recognizes Jonathan as one of the nation's "go to" antitrust lawyers relating to antitrust and the internet. He is a frequent speaker and author on the subject and represents numerous companies in the area, including Microsoft in its acquisitions of Skype and Yahoo!'s search business, as a third party in the FTC's ongoing investigation of Google, the DOJ's review of Google/ITA, and Google's proposed partnership with Yahoo!.
Prior to joining Cadwalader, Jonathan worked at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition, where he was a member of the teams that reviewed Time Warner's acquisition of AOL, Exxon's acquisition of Mobil, BP-Amoco's acquisition of Arco, and Kroger's acquisition of Fred Meyer.
Following his service at the Federal Trade Commission, Jonathan was a member of the Antitrust Department of another leading international law firm prior to joining Cadwalader.