Overview

Robert Magielnicki is Of Counsel in the Antitrust and Competition Practice Group. He has a multi-disciplinary practice and engages in a diverse commercial practice with emphasis on antitrust, domestic and international business transactions and complex civil and criminal litigation.

Areas of Practice

Robert has more than 40 years of experience in the fields of antitrust and competition and business law, both domestically and internationally, including having served as General Electric's (GE's) Associate Litigation and Antitrust Counsel. He also served as the Division General Counsel of GE’s Factory Automation Products Division in Charlottesville, Virginia, and was counsel to GE at its corporate headquarters in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Robert provides antitrust counseling on business matters such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, licensing, distribution systems, trade association and standards development issues, Robinson-Patman Act issues, physician-hospital arrangements, teaming agreements and joint buying arrangements. His experience includes counseling clients on the requirements of and numerous filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, as well as Exon-Florio and Office of Foreign Assets Control matters.

Robert represents clients in corporate and commercial matters, including companies engaged in telecommunications, aerospace and defense, semiconductors, consumer goods, commercial and industrial products, pharmaceuticals and healthcare. He also has represented a diverse array of clients in acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures, both domestic and international, as well as in numerous complex contracting and licensing matters. His clients range from privately-owned to Fortune 100 companies and include both domestic and foreign corporations.

On the international front, Robert has represented clients in transactions that include acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, distribution arrangements and licensing agreements. He also has represented clients in investigations by the Competition Directorate of the European Union, as well as the national competition authorities of a number of European and South American countries, and the Japan Fair Trade Commission.

Robert’s litigation experience includes representing corporations and individuals in both civil and criminal investigations and litigation, including class actions, involving Sherman Act and Clayton Act claims, securities fraud claims and contract claims. He also represents clients before the Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission.

Experience

Experience

Select Representations: 

  • Key negotiator and principal draftsman of joint venture agreement and implementing agreements forming a joint venture in industrial systems between a Fortune 10 client and a Latin American company.
  • Lead counsel in $295 million sale of a consumer products subsidiary. Key participant in formulating disposition strategy and negotiating with the buyer. Principal draftsman of sale agreement, as well as earlier agreements “spinning off” certain of the subsidiary’s operations.
  • Lead counsel in $289 million sale of unwanted product lines by a high-technology company. Key negotiator and draftsman of numerous agreements disposing of assets and foreign subsidiaries.
  • Principal negotiator and principal draftsman of joint venture agreement and implementing agreements forming a four-company worldwide joint venture in automation controls between a Fortune 10 client and a leading Japanese controls manufacturer.
  • Lead counsel in asset sale of a cemented-carbide business to a major European company, including arranging critical supply and purchase agreements.
  • Lead counsel for an agreement “swapping” client’s minority interest in money-losing, privately-held joint venture for stock and warrants of a publicly-traded company. A special warrant provision yielded an additional $1.3 million upon the subsequent takeover of the purchaser.
  • Assisted clients in the commercial and consumer product fields in formulating and implementing international distribution programs.
  • Successfully represented the Division President of a Fortune 100 company in a major criminal antitrust case charging a nationwide conspiracy to fix prices. After a three-week trial, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty in less than two hours.
  • Provided antitrust counseling and representation in numerous domestic and international transactions. including a worldwide joint venture in the industrial sector, the disposition of manufacturing operations by an international telecommunications company, the sale of an aerospace defense company, the sale of a beverage company and the purchase of a pharmaceutical company.
  • Represented an international telecommunications equipment company in arbitrations with Korean and Taiwanese government agencies.
  • Successfully challenged a proposed telecommunications standard on behalf of an international equipment supplier.

Honors

Honors

Recommended Lawyer, Antitrust - Merger Control, Legal 500, 2020

Martindale-Hubbell Business and Commercial Washington, D.C. Top Rated Lawyer, 2014

Who's Who in America

Insights

Articles

Antitrust Law Blog Posts

Corporate & Securities Law Blog Posts

French Desk Blog Posts

Global Trade Law Blog Posts

Healthcare Law Blog Posts

Life Sciences Law Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Procurement Collusion Strike Force Webinar," The Coalition for Government Procurement Webinar, January 8, 2020
  • Chair and Moderator, 64th Spring Meeting of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Washington, D.C., April 5-8, 2016

Memberships

Memberships

Member, Antitrust and International Law Sections, American Bar Association

Vice Chair, Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, ABA Section of Antitrust Law

Member, New York State Bar Association

Member, District of Columbia Bar Association

Member, American Health Lawyers Association

Education

J.D., Cornell Law School, 1970, with distinction, Order of the Coif

A.B., Rutgers University, 1967, with honors, Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • New York
  • District of Columbia

Languages

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