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Malika Levarlet

Special Counsel
Washington, DC
F: +1.202.747.3835


  • J.D., American University, Washington College of Law, cum laude, 2006
  • Maitrise en Droit (J.D. equivalent), University of Paris X-Nanterre, magna cum laude, 2004
  • Intern, Trade Section, Delegation of the European Commission in the United States
  • Intern, Legal Advisor, Organization of American States
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
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Malika Levarlet is a special counsel in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Areas of Practice

Malika's practice focuses on advising international and domestic companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions, cross-border transactions (with a focus on U.S. and European companies), joint ventures, complex commercial agreements, and corporate governance. She represents clients operating in a wide range of industries including technology, hospitality, healthcare, financial services, and aerospace and defense.

Malika also counsels international and domestic clients regarding compliance with U.S. trade and antitrust laws and regulations, including those pertaining to mergers (e.g., the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act) and consumer protection (e.g., the Federal Trade Commission Act). She regularly assists clients in conducting internal investigations and responding to Governmental inquiries in these areas.

Aside from her practice, Malika, a native of France, is an Adjunct Professor at American University, Washington College of Law, where she teaches a course on Principles of French Law.

Malika is also an active member of Sheppard Mullin's Pro Bono Committee.


  • Washington, D.C. Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2013-2017
  • Characters Unite Award, Honorable Mention, NBCUniversal/USA Network, 2012
  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, 2011


Recent Representative HSR Matters

  • Representing BICS, a global provider of international wholesale connectivity and interoperability services based in Belgium, in connection with its acquisition of TeleSign Corporation, a U.S. provider of  authentication and mobile identity services to Internet and digital service providers.
  • Represented Riordan Lewis & Haden (RLH) in connection with the acquisition of an analytics and cybersecurity company serving the intelligence and defense communities.
  • Represented Ardian North America Direct Buyouts in connection with its acquisition of Italy-based Dynamic Technologies S.p.A., a maker of automotive fluid-handling systems and precision aluminum parts.

Other Representative Transactions

Represented Arlington Capital Partners in its acquisition of Molecular Products Groups, Ltd., a leading manufacturer of advanced chemistry-based products serving the healthcare, defense and industrial markets.

Represented Iron Data Solutions, LLC (a portfolio company of Arlington Capital Partners) in connection with its acquisition of MicroPact, Inc., a leading enterprise software company providing solutions primarily to federal customers.  

Represented Arlington Capital Partners in connection with the cross-border acquisition of the operating subsidiaries of United Flexible Group (a global leader in the design, development, manufacture and support of performance critical flexible engineered solutions for the transfer of fluids and gases in extreme environments) in the United States, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Sweden.   

Represented Arlington Capital Partners in connection with its acquisition of Zemax, LLC and its subsidiaries (a provider of optical and illumination design software) from Radiant Zemax, a portfolio company of Evergreen Pacific Partners. 

Represented Copperweld Bimetallics LLC in its acquisition of the assets of the bimetallics wire business of CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina. 

Representation of Arcadian Management Services, Inc. in its acquisition by Humana Inc.

Representation of BlueWater Communications Group, LLC in its acquisition by Presidio, Inc., an American Securities portfolio company.

Representation of Autosplice, Inc. in its acquisition by J.H. Whitney Capital Partners, LLC.

Representation of Luitpold Pharmaceuticals in divestiture of abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) and associated assets relating to synthetic chemotherapeutic antibiotic drug.

Representation of the trust department of a major U.S. bank in matters relating to fiduciary duties and administration and termination of trusts.

Representation of BBG Global in connection with a secured cross-border financing transaction to a French borrower in the telecommunications industry.

Representation of De Beers, Inc. in connection with corporate, employment and real estate matters in the U.S. 

Representation of Brown-United in connection with the structuring of a sporting event in France.

Representation of BIT Systems (a provider of signal processing and systems engineering technical assistance (SETA) services to the intelligence community) in its leveraged buyout by GTCR Golder Rauner.

Representation of Arlington Capital Partners and its portfolio company, Chandler/May, in connection with add-on acquisition of developer of prototype unmanned aerial vehicles and systems.

Representation of Chandler/May in connection with leveraged dividend recapitalization.

Representation of L-1 Identity Solutions in acquisition of McClendon for cash and stock.

Representation of Luitpold Pharmaceuticals in acquisition of Roxro Pharma, a late-stage specialty pharmaceutical company that developed Rx nasal spray for treatment of acute pain.

Representation of C.B. Fleet in connection with the acquisition of all intellectual property, government permits and all other assets related to a development-stage product.

Representation of C.B. Fleet in connection with sale of certain assets to Axcon Pharma.

Representation of private equity fund in its controlling investment in retail shopping center development.

Representation of FirmGreen, Inc. in its development equity/debt financing and related licensing matters for landfill gas extraction projects.

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Antitrust Law Blog

Corporate and Securities Law Blog Posts

French Desk Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

  • "Executive Briefing on Mergers and Acquisitions: Lessons Learned, Public Contracting Institute," May 25 and September 7, 2011


  • International Law Section, American Bar Association
  • Former Co-Chair of the Europe Committee and Former Editor of the Committee's Weekly News Bulletin
  • New York State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar