Bernard (Barry) A. Nigro Jr. is chair of the Global Antitrust and Competition Department. He divides his time between Fried Frank's Washington, DC and New York offices.
Mr. Nigro recently rejoined the Firm from the US Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, where as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General (2019-2020) he was the No. 2 official responsible for all civil and criminal antitrust enforcement and litigation. Previously, he served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General (2017-2019). While serving at the Department of Justice, Mr. Nigro played a critical role in advancing the Department's antitrust enforcement priorities and numerous policy developments, including implementation of the Procurement Collusion Strike Force, the 2020 Vertical Merger Guidelines issued in conjunction with the Federal Trade Commission, and modernization of the Department's Merger Remedies Manual and merger review process.
Mr. Nigro has also served as Deputy Director for the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition, where he managed the Bureau's merger and anticompetitive practices investigations and litigation. Mr. Nigro received a commendation for Superior Service awarded by the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission.
Having served at both federal antitrust enforcement agencies, Mr. Nigro has participated in hundreds of matters involving a broad variety of industries, including commodities and consumer products, agriculture, transportation, retail, technology hardware and software, online markets and platforms, social media, financial services, healthcare, media, communications, supermarkets, casinos and gaming, defense, chemicals, energy, and professional services. Some of the notable matters for which Mr. Nigro was responsible for leading while at the Department include Bayer's US$63 billion acquisition of Monsanto, Sprint Corporation's US$26 billion merger with T-Mobile US, Inc., BB&T Corporation's merger of equals with SunTrust Banks, Inc., CVS Health's US$69 billion acquisition of Aetna, the indictment and prosecution in US v Christopher Lischewski, the deferred prosecution agreement resolving the felony charge against Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute LLC, and several HSR and order compliance enforcement actions, including the unprecedented Order enforcement action against Live Nation Entertainment.
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