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Francesco Carloni

Representing a global conglomerate before the European Commission in connection with remedies implementation of Elanco’s USD 7.6 bn acquisition of Bayer Animal Health.

K&L Gates LLP advised digital brands portfolio Red Ventures in a definitive agreement to acquire CNET Media Group from ViacomCBS for $500 million.

Formed in 2000, Red Ventures includes 100+ digital brands with more than 3,000 employees across 10 cities on three continents. Existing brands in the portfolio focus on home services, health, finance, travel, education, and entertainment, with the acquisition of the CNET Media Group adding consumer tech and gaming verticals to the company’s growing portfolio.

CNET is a technology news platform with a global portfolio that includes popular consumer brands such as ZDNet, Gamespot, TVGuide, Metacritic, and Chowhound.

Representing a global nuclear supplier in connection with the assessment and review of its long-standing JV regarding the European nuclear energy market in connection with exclusivity, licensing and termination issues.

Representing one of the largest automotive association  in connection with the establishment of the automated driving system standard before the European Commission and competent competition authorities globally.

Representing a leading air carrier before the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Travel in connection with the unwinding of the Transatlantic JV with Delta Airlines, Air France-KLM and the new cooperation with Delta Airlines.

Representing a global security services provider in connection with its acquisition of electronic security businesses in Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, Singapore and India. 

Representing a pharmaceutical company in connection with its USD 1.3 bn acquisition by another pharmaceutical group before the competent antitrust authorities globally.

Representing a company active in engineered materials, optoelectronic components and optical system in its USD 3.2 bn merger of another manufacturer of optical communication components and subsystems before the competent antitrust authorities globally.
Representing a company active in forklift trucks, warehouse equipment and industrial trucks in connection with the global merger control aspects of its multi-million euro investment in a company active supplier of forklift.
Representing a company active in the packaging industry in connection with the global merger control aspects of its USD 500 million acquisition of a company active in the pakaging industry before the competent antitrust authorities.
Representing a company active in the development, publication and services mobile and PC online games in connection with the global merger control aspects of its acquisition of a company active in the gaming industry before the competent antitrust authorities.
Representing a company active in the provisions of market research services globally in is acquisition of parts of the research business of another provider before the competent antitrust authorities globally.
Representing a media entertainment company in connection with Comcast/Sky before the European Commission.
Representing a pharmaceutical company in connection with CVC/Recordati before the European Commission.
Representing a company developing and marketing security and inspection systems before the European Commission, CADE and DoJ in connection with Smiths’ USD710 million acquisition of Morpho and before the Portuguese competition authority.
Representing an association representing the interests of travel distributors and global distribution systems in Lufthansa/Air Berlin assets before the European Commission.
representing the holding company of a company distributing electrical equipment in its investment in a renewable energy company
Representing a producer and distributor of specialty chemical materials in its joint venture with an investment intermediation company and an energy company before the European Commission.
Representing a company active in the manufacture and distribution of automotive spare parts in its acquisition of a leading pan-European business-to-business distributor of car parts, before the European Commission. The enterprise value is $1.1 bn.
Represented a global private equity firm and the founders of a leading pharmaceutical company in the areas of women’s health and endocrinology, in its acquisition by a global investment banking, securities and investment management firm and a private equity investment company before the European Commission and a number of non-EU competition authorities.
Represented a French holding company in its $440 million acquisition of a luxury cruise-ship operator from a pan-European private equity investor involving multi-jurisdictional filings.
Represented a leading natural gas storage company in its proposed acquisition of a 50% stake in a JV active in the underground storage of natural gas.
Lead associate assisting in representation of a global provider of technology services to telecommunications companies’ $300 million acquisition of a California-based mobile network servicing company involving multi-jurisdictional filings (telecommunication services to MNOs) (e.g. Austria, Taiwan, Ukraine)
Lead associate assisting in representation of a multinational pharmaceutical company’s $4 bn acquisition of a generic drugmaker involving multi-jurisdictional filings (e.g. Poland, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine)
Represented an operating company within a diversified global manufacturer with annual revenues of more than $8 billion, before the South Korean competition authority in its acquisition of a major engineered pumps manufacturer.
Represented private equity funds as third-party intervener in EU proceedings and assisted a leading systems for dialysis and extracorporeal blood purification company in its proposed acquisition of certain divested asset (medical equipment).
Lead associate assisting in representation of a global provider of technology services to telecommunications companies before the European Commission and acted as lead associate in representation before non-EU competition authorities (e.g., Argentina; Brazil; Colombia; Jersey; Taiwan; Ukraine) in connection with its €550 million acquisition of another global provider of technology services to telecommunications companies . Drafted Form RS, Form CO; worked closely with economists; engaged in remedies discussions with the Commission and prepared Form RM and Commitment schedules (Phase II clearance with remedies) (roaming services to MNOs).
Assisted the M&A department in the representation of a major diversified industrial, technology and services group in its acquisition of the aviation business of an Italy-based manufacturer of aviation propulsion components and systems for civil and military aircraft, for $4.3 billion.
Lead associate assisting in representation of an Italian dairy group before the European Commission in connection with a French dairy company’ takeover bid worth €3.4 billion on 100% of its share capital. (Phase I clearance without conditions) (NB: the merger created one of the largest dairy groups).
Represented a global financial services provider and a private equity firm before the Italian Antitrust Authority in connection with several acquisitions (Phase I clearance (basic industries; services)).
Assisted in representation of a biocides company before French and German competition authorities in connection with a drugs industry supplier 's US$1.4 billion acquisition of all of its outstanding shares (NB: the merger created one of the world's largest microbial control companies (biocides)).
Lead associate in representation of a global food and beverage company in its $39 billion disposal of its majority interest in a leading eye care company, to a major pharmaceutical company. Drafted Form CO; engaged in remedies discussions with the Commission and prepared Form RM and Commitment schedules (Phase I clearance with remedies) (pharmaceuticals).
Represented a company active in the design, manufacture and marketing of construction, mining and agricultural machinery before the Italian Competition Authority in its acquisition of a South Korean seal manufacturer (Phase I clearance) (seal components).
Assisted in representation of a digital map provider, in its $8.1 billion acquisition by a provider of equipment, solutions and services for electronic communications networks. One of the first vertical mergers being assessed under the Commission’s non-horizontal merger guidelines (Phase II clearance without remedies) (digital maps).
Assisted in representation of a major provider of computer software and operating system’s defense against the Statement of Objections and subsequent Letter of Facts in Commission’s 102 TFEU investigation in relation to alleged tying practices. Drafted sections of response to the Statement of Objections and Letter of Facts; prepared letters to the Hearing Officer (e.g., request for time extension, access to file, lifting of confidentiality (case settled in December 2009)) (high-tech).
Assisted in representation of a leading semiconductors company in a European Commission investigation into a complaint alleging abuse of a dominant position. Assess case file; drafted legal memoranda.
Assisted in representation of major international liner shipping company in European Commission investigation into container shipping transport services concerning alleged anti-competitive price signaling behavior.
Advising a trade association active in the fashion sector in connection with antitrust compliance.
Representing a trade association active in the fashion sector in connection with the European Commission’s e-commerce sector inquiry and online issues
Representing a national fashion federation in the European Commission’s e-commerce sector inquiry and online issues
Representing a major Italian fashion group in the European Commission’s e-commerce sector inquiry.
Assisted in representation of a global science-based healthcare company in complex sector inquiry seeking to examine the workings of competition in the European Commission’s pharmaceutical sector (NB: seconded to the company's headquarters to prepare response to Commission's first questionnaire).
Assisted a over-the-top media services company in connection with state aid issues before the European Commission.
Assisted in representation of an Italian shipping company against the Italian State's illegal measures granting unjustified berthing priority and lump-sum payment to another shipping company in the Gulf of Naples in its alleged capacity as the directly appointed operator of public service obligations.
Advising a major Italian fashion group and one of its brands in connection with distribution policy and antitrust compliance
Advising a global luxury fashion group in connection with distribution policy and antitrust compliance.
Advising a luxury goods company in connection with distribution policy and antitrust compliance.
Advising a sectorial professional association in connection with antitrust compliance.
Advising an Italian luxury men’s fashion house in connection with distribution policy and antitrust compliance.
Advising an Italian luxury menswear brand in connection with distribution policy and antitrust compliance.
Assisted in the representation of a global financial services company in the investigation in Mexico of one of its subsidiaries which is the second largest bank in Mexico (seconded in Mexico city for three weeks (June 2014)). Conducted interviews of certain employees and prepared an analysis of findings.
Advised a major Italian banking group, an international financial services provider in connection with the implementation of the prohibition of interlocking directorships in Italy.
Advising a major Italian banking group in connection with antitrust compliance, reportability and merger control aspects of potential acquisitions.
Representing a pharmaceutical company in connection with the JV between Lonza and Ch. Hansen before the European Commission.
Advising a luxury fashion group in connection with the implementation of its antitrust compliance program globally.
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