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James O
James J. O'Connell
Washington +1 202 662 5991 joconnell@cov.com Download V-card

Jim O’Connell advises clients on their critical antitrust matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and other transactions; licensing arrangements and other business practices; government investigations; and litigation. In connection with his merger practice, he also regularly helps clients assess and comply with their obligations under the HSR Act and comparable merger control regimes around the world.

  • Representation of Facebook in several transactions, including its $22 billion acquisition of WhatsApp, $2 billion acquisition of Oculus, and $1 billion acquisition of Instagram.
  • Advise a leading biotechnology company regarding intellectual property licensing and transactional matters.
  • Representing one of the world’s largest steel companies in proceedings brought by a competitor before the International Trade Commission alleging antitrust violations of Section 337 of the Tariff Act.
  • Representation of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in several transactions, including its acquisition of UniCarriers and, with Hitachi, the formation of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems.
  • Advised a leading technology innovator regarding an investigation of its intellectual property licensing practices by China’s National Development and Reform Commission.
  • Advise one of the world’s largest financial exchanges regarding various transaction, investigation, and compliance matters.


  • Representation of Verizon Communications in obtaining merger review clearance for several transactions.
  • Representation of Altice N.V. in obtaining merger review clearance for its $9 billion acquisition of Suddenlink Communications and its $17 billion acquisition of Cablevision.
  • Advised China National Tire & Rubber Co. regarding its $7.7 billion acquisition of Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli.
  • Representation of Qualcomm in connection with its acquisition of CSR plc.
  • Represented Telx Group, the data center, colocation, and interconnection company, in its acquisition by Digital Realty.
  • Advised Alliance Resource Partners regarding transactions in the coal industry.
  • Advise one of the world’s largest aerospace companies regarding various confidential transactions.
  • Advised ITOCHU Corp. regarding several transactions.
  • Represented Exxon Mobil in obtaining antitrust clearance for its $41 billion acquisition of XTO Energy, at the time the largest transaction in the history of the natural gas industry.
  • Representation of one of the leading on-line platforms in Asia regarding investments in the U.S.
  • Representation of Chemtrade Logistics Inc. in obtaining merger review clearance for its $860 million acquisition of General Chemical Corp.
  • Representation of Stryker Corporation, the medical devices and equipment manufacturing firm, in obtaining merger review clearance for several transactions.
  • Advised MDA Corp. regarding the clearance of its acquisition of Space Systems/Loral.
  • Advised China Investment Corporation regarding investments in the U.S.
  • Represented Prysmian S.p.A., a global manufacturer of power transmission and telecommunications cable, in its $1.2 billion tender offer for cable and optical fiber manufacturer Draka Holding N.V.
  • Advised Newport Television LLC in connection with the sale of broadcast television stations to Sinclair Broadcasting, Nexstar Broadcasting, and Cox Media Group.
  • Represented oilfield services company Ameron International in obtaining antitrust clearance for its acquisition by National Oilwell Varco.
  • Advised Joy Global in connection with several transactions, including its acquisition of LeTourneau Technologies from Rowan Companies and its sale of LeTourneau’s drilling systems and offshore products businesses to Cameron International.


  • Advising a major international information technology company regarding antitrust compliance, transactions, and other competition issues, including those related to teaming agreements and government contracting.
  • Advised a significant developer and licensor of standard-essential technology regarding its intellectual property licensing program.
  • Advised media companies about antitrust compliance, transactions, and other competition issues regarding online platforms and the cable and satellite television industry.
  • Advised a major international manufacturer of industrial products regarding antitrust compliance, transactions, and other competition issues.
  • Advised numerous innovator pharmaceutical companies about competition issues relating to settlements of patent infringement litigation brought under the Hatch-Waxman Act.
  • Provided antitrust guidance to various television broadcasting companies.
  • Regularly counsel clients regarding potential competition law issues arising under China’s Anti-Monopoly Law.
  • Develop successful and cost-effective strategies for responding to requests for information from the Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission.

Litigation and Investigations

  • Advised a leading technology company in connection with U.S. antitrust and patent infringement litigation arising out of the assertion of standard-essential patents subject to a FRAND commitment.
  • Representation of Expedia in connection with the Antitrust Division’s investigation of the Google/ITA Software transaction and the Federal Trade Commission’s investigation of Google’s search-related conduct.

Pro Bono

  • Represented the executor of the estate of a mentally ill individual who died while in custody at the Alexandria Adult Detention Center (Walker v. Correct Care Solutions, LLC).
  • Advised the Rainforest Alliance regarding various matters.
  • Advised the Mountaineering Section of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club regarding various matters.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Non-Governmental Advisor, International Competition Network
  • Member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law and Member of the Advisory Board on Section Reserves
  • Instructor, University of Virginia Law School (Advanced Antitrust Seminar)
  • Board Member, Friends of Francis Field
  • Legal 500 US, Antitrust - Merger Control (2017)
  • Recognized by The Am Law Litigation Daily as one of the "Litigators of the Week" (11/18/2016) 
  • China Law & Practice, “Outbound Deal of the Year” (2016) 
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Antitrust Litigation