Michael H.Knight (Mike)

Partner

Washington + 1.202.879.5553

With more than 25 years of experience as an antitrust lawyer in both government and private practice, Mike Knight advises clients on a full range of competition law matters including mergers, joint ventures, competitor collaborations, distribution issues, price discrimination, monopolization, and intellectual property restraints. He routinely represents clients before federal and state antitrust agencies and federal courts. Mike also co-heads Jones Day's Hart-Scott-Rodino Act premerger notification team.

Mike's recent representations include securing antitrust clearance for Cintas Corporation's acquisition of G&K Services and the long-fought acquisition by Hertz of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group. He also has represented Aetna, Axiall, Conagra, and Indivior, among other clients, on antitrust matters.

Mike served as an assistant director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition from 2003 to 2007, heading the Bureau's Mergers II Division, where he oversaw hundreds of investigations across an array of industries including technology, chemical manufacturing, mining, and agriculture. He was a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division from 1997 to 2000. In private practice before joining Jones Day, Mike represented technology firms Adobe, NVIDIA, and Synopsys, among other clients.

Mike has held various leadership positions in the American Bar Association's Section of Antitrust Law over the past 18 years and currently serves on the editorial board of the Section's Antitrust Source publication. He writes and speaks frequently on antitrust enforcement topics.

Experience

  • Roper Technologies sells TransCore to Singapore Technologies Engineering for $2.68 BillionJones Day is advising Roper Technologies, Inc. in the sale of TransCore Partners, LLC and TLP Holdings, LLC to an affiliate of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd. for $2.68 billion in cash, subject to customary purchase price adjustments.
  • ARMOR USA acquires industrial segment of International Imaging Materials, Inc.Jones Day represented Armor SAS and ARMOR USA, Inc., a French-based company that specializes in the industrial formulation of inks and the coating of thin layers onto thin films, in the acquisition and financing of International Imaging Materials, Inc. ("IIMAK"), a global developer and manufacturer of value-added consumable solutions for industrial applications.
  • Pattern secures $225 million growth equity investment led by Knox LaneJones Day represented Pattern Inc., a Utah based e-commerce accelerator that helps brands optimize sales on marketplaces like Amazon, Walmart, Target, eBay and Google, in connection with a $225 million Series B Preferred Stock financing transaction, led by Knox Lane.
  • ABM to acquire Able Services for $830 millionJones Day is advising ABM Industries Incorporated in the acquisition of Able Services, a leading facilities services company headquartered in San Francisco, in a cash transaction valued at $830 million.
  • EagleTree Capital acquires IntegreonJones Day advised EagleTree Capital in connection with the acquisition and financing of Integreon, a leading global managed services provider, from NewQuest Capital Partners.
  • Delaware North sells Jumer’s Casino & Hotel to Bally's for $120 millionJones Day advised Delaware North, a global hospitality and entertainment company with operations in the sports, travel hospitality, restaurant and catering, lodging, gaming and specialty retail industries, in the sale of Jumer’s Casino & Hotel in Rock Island, Illinois, to Bally's Corporation for $120 million in cash.
  • EagleTree Capital sells Airtech Group, US Valve Corporation, and related entities to IDEX Corporation for $470 millionJones Day represented investment funds managed by EagleTree Capital in the sale of Airtech Group, US Valve Corporation, and related entities to IDEX Corporation for $470 million.
  • U.S. Steel sells Transtar, LLC to Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors for $640 millionJones Day represented United States Steel Corporation, an integrated steel producer with major production operations in the United States and Central Europe, in connection with the sale of its wholly owned short-line railroad subsidiary, Transtar, LLC, to a subsidiary of Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC for $640 million.
  • Bespoke Capital Acquisition Corp. combines with Vintage Wine EstatesJones Day advised Bespoke Capital Acquisition Corp., a TSX listed special acquisition company ("BCAC"), on its business combination with Vintage Wine Estates, one of the fastest growing U.S. wine producers.
  • Bally's acquires Bet.Works for $125 million and announces strategic partnership with Sinclair BroadcastJones Day advised Bally's Corporation in its $125 million acquisition of Bet.Works, a U.S. based sports betting platform provider to operators in New Jersey, Iowa, Indiana, and Colorado, and a long-term strategic partnership with Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., pursuant to which 21 FOX RSN brands will be rebranded using the Bally’s name and Bally’s will integrate content into the 190 television stations that Sinclair owns, operates, or provides services to across 88 markets and sports networks.
  • Solmax acquires TenCate GeosyntheticsJones Day advised Groupe Solmax Inc. (Solmax), the global leader in the production of high-quality polyethylene geomembranes for industrial and environmental applications, and its shareholders (including institutional investors Caisse de dépot et placement du Québec and Fonds de Solidarité FTQ), in connection with Solmax’s acquisition of TenCate Geosynthetics Holding B.V., a global provider of geosynthetics and industrial fabrics, from Dutch conglomerate Koninklijke Ten Cate (Royal Ten Cate, the Netherlands), and advised on the related senior secured financing to support the acquisition.
  • Morgan Stanley Capital Partners acquires Nivel Parts & ManufacturingJones Day advised Morgan Stanley Capital Partners in the acquisition and financing of Nivel Parts & Manufacturing Co., LLC, a global manufacturer, distributor, and seller of aftermarket parts and accessories for niche vehicles and heavy-duty equipment.
  • Xact Data Discovery sells company to Aquiline Capital PartnersJones Day represented Xact Data Discovery, a leading international provider of eDiscovery, data management, and managed review services for major law firms and corporations and portfolio company of JLL Partners, in connection with its acquisition by Aquiline Capital Partners LLC, a New York-based private equity firm.
  • Uniphore raises capital in Series D roundJones Day represented Uniphore Technologies Inc., a conversational AI platform providing automation, analytics, assistant and security services, in its issuance of Series D Preferred Stock, which was led by Sorenson Capital Partners.
  • Junshi Biosciences collaborates with Coherus Biosciences to co-develop anti-PD-1 antibody and grants options for anti-TIGIT and IL-2 cytokine moleculesJones Day represented Junshi Biosciences in its license out of technology and IP related to an anti-PD-1 antibody known as Toripalimab and options for two other molecules.
  • PGT Innovations acquires 75% ownership stake in Eco Window Systems for $108 millionJones Day advised PGT Innovations, Inc. in its $108 million acquisition of a 75% ownership stake in Eco Window Systems and its related companies, which are leading manufacturers and installers of aluminum, impact-resistant windows and doors serving the South Florida region, as well as PGTI's related $60 million Rule 144A and Regulation S add-on offering of 6.75% Senior Notes due 2026.
  • TransDigm Group acquires Cobham Aero Connectivity for $965 millionJones Day advised TransDigm Group Incorporated as regulatory counsel in the $965 million acquisition of Cobham Aero Connectivity, a leading provider of highly engineered antennas and radios for the aerospace end market.
  • Twin River Worldwide Holdings acquires three casinos from Eldorado and Caesars for $180 millionJones Day advised Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. in the $155 million acquisition of Eldorado Shreveport Resort and Casino in Shreveport, Louisiana, and the MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, from Eldorado Resorts, Inc., and Bally's Atlantic City Hotel & Casino in New Jersey from Caesars Entertainment Corporation and Vici Properties Inc. for $25 million.
  • J.F. Lehman & Company acquires CTS EnginesJones Day advised J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused exclusively on the aerospace, defense, maritime, government and environmental sectors, in the acquisition of CTS Engines, LLC and CTS Testing, LLC.
  • Morgan Stanley Capital Partners invests in AWT Labels & Packing and Citation Healthcare LabelsJones Day advised Morgan Stanley Capital Partners in connection with its investment in and financing of Advanced Web Technologies Holding Company, which operates as AWT Labels & Packaging and Citation Healthcare Labels, from Mason Wells, a Midwest-based private equity firm.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • November 9, 2016
      Jones Day Global Life Sciences Conference – 2016 Issues & Trends
    • March 10, 2015
      What You Absolutely Positively Must Know About HSR
    • May 21, 2014
      The Interface Between Sector Regulation and Competition Law: The Experience in the US, Europe And Elsewhere, panelist, Canadian Bar Association's 2014 Competition Law Spring Forum
    • November 13, 2013
      2013-2014 Life Sciences Webinar Series: Intellectual Property, Regulatory, and Antitrust Issues in Life Sciences M&A and Capital Markets Transactions
    • September 5, 2013
      Risk Factors for Second Request Merger Investigations by the DOJ and FTC, panelist, ABA Section of Antitrust Program
    • September 12, 2013
      Merger Practice Workshop, panelist, ABA Section of Antitrust Law Program
    • March 27, 2012
      Antitrust for Deal Lawyers, guest lecturer, Boston College Law School
    • January 31, 2012
      Budgeting for eDiscovery: Exploring your Approach to Cost Control and Transparency, panelist, LegalTech New York 2012
    • July 19, 2011
      New DOJ Merger Remedies: Expanded Antitrust Enforcement Tools, panelist, Strafford CLE Webinar
    • June 22, 2011
      Executive Roundtable Series - Growing Your Business: How to Handle Legal and Regulatory Hurdles Both Before and After They Arise
    • March 10, 2011
      TransPerfect Legal Solutions/FTI Technology Second Request Panel, panelist
    • September 27, 2010
      International Competition/Antitrust Update, panelist, CCCA 2010 Corporate Counsel World Summit
    • July 1, 2010
      Horizontal Merger Guidelines: Operating Within the New Antitrust Framework, panelist
    • February 16, 2010
      Executive Roundtable Series: Antitrust in the Obama Administration: Developments in the First Year and What to Expect Next
    • September 15, 2009
      Annual seminar on Antitrust for the Westchester/Southern Connecticut chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (WESFACCA)