Aidan Synnott

Co-Chair, Antitrust Practice Group at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Aidan Synnott

Aidan Synnott

Co-Chair, Antitrust Practice Group at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Biography

* Practices:
* Litigation
* Antitrust

Education

LL.M., University of Michigan Law School, 1989

B.L., The Honorable Society of King's Inns, 1987

B.C.L., National University of Ireland (University College Cork), 1985

Bar Admissions

New York
Ireland

A partner in the Litigation Department and co-chair of the Antitrust Practice Group, Aidan Synnott focuses on antitrust litigation and compliance, bankruptcy litigation and other complex commercial litigation.

EXPERIENCE

Chambers USA describes Aidan as a "'high-class antitrust expert' noted for his responsiveness and strategic decision-making." He has extensive trial experience in state and federal courts as well as in alternative dispute resolution forums such as the American Arbitration Association. In addition, he frequently represents clients in antitrust investigations by the governmental agencies of the United States and the European Union.

Aidan's antitrust litigation representations include:

* The Nielsen Company, the leading provider of television ratings in the United States, in winning summary judgment before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and confirming the victory on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, in a monopolization case brought by Sunbeam Television Corp., the FOX affiliate station in Miami. Sunbeam had claimed that Nielsen's rollout of a new ratings measurement methodology was a violation of Section 2 of the Sherman Act. Sunbeam Television Corp. v. Nielsen Media Research, Inc., 763 F. Supp.2d 1341 (S.D. Fl. 2011), aff'd, 711 F.3d 1264 (11th Cir. 2013);
* The successful defense of Dun & Bradstreet, ACNielsen and IMS Inc. in a federal antitrust action brought by a large competitor, obtaining dismissal of the case on a pre-trial motion. Information Resources, Inc. v. Dun & Bradstreet Corp., 359 F. Supp. 2d 307 (S.D.N.Y. 2004);
* For the New York City Transit Authority, obtaining dismissal of a claim for attempted monopolization of the market for bus simulators. Doron Precision Systems, Inc. v. FAAC, Inc., 423 F. Supp. 2d 173 (S.D.N.Y. 2006);
* Acumen Brands, Inc., a leading retailer of western apparel, in obtaining dismissal, with prejudice, of a monopolization case brought by a competitor. Sell It Social, LLC v. Acumen Brands, Inc., 2015-1 Trade Cases P 79,114 (S.D.N.Y. 2015);
* The defense of Sumitomo Chemical Company, one of the largest chemical companies in the world, in the vitamins price-fixing litigation. He has defended numerous other U.S. and foreign companies in cartel cases; and
* Pfizer Inc. in successful settlements of class and opt-out actions alleging $11 billion in damages for monopolization of the market for Neurontin, a Pfizer pharmaceutical, through an alleged pattern of meritless patent litigations.

Antitrust merger investigation representations Aidan has led include:

* Time Warner Cable in successfully resolving the Justice Department's Second Request investigation of its proposed $78 billion acquisition by Charter Communications as well as in the prior abandoned proposal by Comcast Corporation to acquire it for $45 billion;
* Pace plc in a Justice Department Second Request investigation of its $2.1 billion acquisition by ARRIS Group Inc., where the Justice Department closed its investigation without imposing any conditions;
* Automatic Data Processing in a Second Request investigation by the Justice Department of its $500 million acquisition of a payroll and tax outsourcing competitor, ProBusiness, where the Justice Department closed its investigation without imposing any conditions;
* Hewitt Associates Inc. in a Justice Department investigation of its proposed $4 billion acquisition by Aon, where the Justice Department closed its investigation without imposing any conditions;
* Westcoast Energy in a Justice Department investigation of its $8 billion acquisition by Duke Energy, where the Justice Department closed its investigation without imposing any conditions;
* The Nielsen Company in the FTC Second Request investigation of its proposed $1.25 billion acquisition of Arbitron, Inc., where the acquisition was approved in a consent decree which Aidan negotiated and which imposed minimal conditions;
* Fidelity National Financial in the FTC Second Request investigation of its $3 billion acquisition of a title insurance competitor, Lender Processing Services, Inc., which was approved in a consent decree which Aidan negotiated and which required minimal divestitures.

Aidan's recent bankruptcy representations include:

* Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp., a leading U.S. producer of primary aluminum foil products, and its wholly owned subsidiaries in their chapter 11 cases in the Eastern District of Missouri;
* AbitibiBowater Inc. in its chapter 11 case in the District of Delaware;
* Performance Sports Group in its chapter 11 case in the District of Delaware;
* The Official Committee of Paragon Offshore plc, a U.K. offshore drilling company servicing oil and gas companies with operations in Brazil, Mexico, the North Sea, the Middle East, and elsewhere, in connection with Paragon’s chapter 11 case in the District of Delaware; and
* PJT Partners, Inc. in collecting a bankruptcy fee in the chapter 11 case of Relativity Media in the Southern District of New York.

Aidan's commercial litigation representations include:

* A class of music publishers in their litigation against Napster, in which the publishers obtained an injunction against distribution of their musical works by Napster. The injunction was entered by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. A&M Records, Inc. v. Napster, Inc., 284 F.3d 1091 (9th Cir. 2002);
* A class of music publishers in the Grokster case, in which the music publishers ultimately prevailed before the U.S. Supreme Court. Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, Inc., 125 S. Ct. 2764 (2005);
* A class of music publishers in their litigations against MP3.com and Scour.net, both of which were settled favorably;
* The National Music Publishers' Association, Inc. (NMPA), the Songwriters Guild of America and the Nashville Songwriters Association International in a trial in the Library of Congress resulting in the setting of advantageous new rates and terms for the mechanical license under Section 115 of the Copyright Act;
* The Nielsen Company in achieving the full dismissal and affirmance on appeal of multiple claims brought by New Delhi Television Company, an Indian broadcasting company, claiming corruption in the provision of TV ratings in India by a joint venture partly owned by Nielsen. Justice O. Peter Sherwood of the New York State Supreme Court granted Nielsen's motion to dismiss in full from the bench at oral argument on the motion. New Delhi Television Ltd. v. Nielsen Holdings, N.V., 111 A.D.3d 437 (1st Dep't 2013); and
* Obtaining summary judgment and affirmance on appeal for the estate of a successful businessman in a lawsuit by the deceased's former mistress alleging a right to large payments from the estate. In the Matter of Cheng Ching Wang, 114 A.D.3d 939 (2d Dep't 2014).

Aidan is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He has been an associate editor of the Antitrust Law Journal, a member of the Editorial Board of the American Bar Association's Annual Review of Antitrust Law Developments, co-chair of the New York State Bar Association Section of Commercial and Federal Litigation's Committee on Antitrust and a member of the Executive Committee of the Section. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the State Bar's Antitrust Section. Aidan has been a guest lecturer and speaker at New York University School of Law, The Wharton School and the University of Michigan Law School, and has published extensively in the areas of antitrust and intellectual property law. Aidan is the co-author of the "United States"

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Co-Chair, Antitrust Practice Group at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Education
LLM
Class of 1989

The University of Michigan, founded in 1817, celebrates a long and distinguished history. It was in 1787 that the Northwest Territorial Ordinance provided public land for this and other Midwestern universities and established a tradition of respect for excellence in higher education. Three Native American nations—the Ojibwa (Chippewa), Odawa (Ottawa), and Bodewadini (Potawatomi)—subsequently granted certain lands for use of the University of Michigan and by the end of the 19th century, Michigan was the largest and most generously supported public university in America and already a leader in graduate education. The University of Michigan Law School, one of the oldest law schools in the nation, was founded in 1859. But unlike other highly selective law schools established in that era, admission was never restricted to the privileged. When Gabriel Hargo graduated from the Law School in 1870, Michigan—then the largest law school in the country—became the second American university to confer a law degree on an African American. That same year, Michigan was the first major law school to admit a woman, and in 1871, graduate Sarah Killgore became the first woman with a law degree in the nation to be admitted to the bar; by 1890, Michigan had graduated more women than any other law school. That commitment to access and diversity joined an equally powerful commitment to excellence, which continues to this day.

B.L.
Class of 1987

King's Inns is an Irish private company located in Dublin involved in colleges, universities, and professional schools.

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American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is a voluntary bar association for the state of New York. NYSBA was founded in 1877 with the stated goal to cultivate the science of jurisprudence; to promote reform in the law; to facilitate the administration of justice, and to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, professional skill, and courtesy in the legal profession. Its first President was David B. Hill. Among the reforms in the legislation signed into law creating the association was the removal of the restrictions on the admission of women to the practice of law. In 1896, NYSBA proposed the first global means for settling disputes among nations, what is now called the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a law firm that serve as counsel to companies and investment funds. They have expertise in the areas of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, employee benefits and executive compensation, intellectual property, personal representation, real estate and tax law. The company is headquartered in New York, NY.

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To promote the equitable development of post-Apartheid South Africa and neighboring countries by guaranteeing bank loans to low-income borrowers so that they may support their families, build or expand their dwellings or start businesses which in turn generate employment for others in their communities.

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To promote the equitable development of post-Apartheid South Africa and neighboring countries by guaranteeing bank loans to low-income borrowers so that they may support their families, build or expand their dwellings or start businesses which in turn generate employment for others in their communities.

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The Association of the Bar of the City of New York Fund, Inc., d/b/a the City Bar Fund, is the 501(c)(3) sister organization of the New York City Bar Association, which undertakes public service, education, policy advocacy and research activities and supports such activities for a number of City Bar programs. Contributions to the City Bar Fund are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law and are reportable contributions under New York State’s biennial pro bono reporting requirement for attorneys.

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Senator from Michigan

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Former Senator from Indiana

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