Jonathan S. Kanter

Partner, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP

A partner in the Antitrust Group, Jonathan Kanter focuses on antitrust M&A, litigation and counseling and has extensive experience representing clients in the media, technology, advertising and content industries. Praised by clients for his ability to develop pragmatic solutions to complex problems, Jonathan demonstrates a unique talent for simplifying complex legal, economic and technical issues across a wide range of audiences, including regulators, senior executives, government officials and the media.

Jonathan currently represents some of the world's most notable media and technology companies, including news publishers, digital media agencies, providers of online services, performance-rights organizations, content companies, trade associations, streaming data providers, telecommunication and mass media conglomerates and software developers, among others.

Jonathan also has substantial experience advising clients on antitrust issues involving the use of technology and data across a wide range of other industries, including consumer products; chemicals; oil and gas; energy; financial services; food, beverage, wine and spirits; gaming; hospitality; manufacturing and industrials; pharmaceuticals and healthcare; and retail.

Recent and current representations include multiple companies in connection with worldwide investigations of Google's business practices and numerous additional non-public matters, multibillion-dollar deals in the online services and health services industries, and various FTC and state investigations.

Jonathan worked at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition, where he investigated major transactions involving internet providers, music publishers, online services, supermarkets and oil and gas, among others.

Industry publications rank Jonathan among the nation's top antitrust lawyers. Since 2010, Chambers USA has ranked him as a leading lawyer for antitrust. The Legal 500 recognizes Jonathan for his strength in economic analysis and for “providing practical and high-quality advice" to clients. Law360 honored Jonathan as one of the top five antitrust lawyers under the age of 40, in addition to recognizing him as one of the nation's “go-to" antitrust lawyers for internet and technology companies. Global Competition Review and Who's Who Legal recognized Jonathan as one of the top competition lawyers under the age of 45 in the 2017 edition of WWL: Competition – Future Leaders. The Washingtonian and Super Lawyers list Jonathan as one of the “best lawyers" in Washington, D.C.

Jonathan has authored a wide range of publications on antitrust-related topics, including co-authoring a chapter in Chambers Legal Practice Guide: Merger Control, which analyzed merger enforcement in the U.S. He regularly publishes articles relating to competition policy, including a recent Op-Ed for The New York Times.


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