Michael H.Knight (Mike)

Partner

(T) 1.202.879.5553 (F) 1.202.626.1700

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

  • Arsenal Capital Partners acquires HistoGeneX and Caprion BiosciencesJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners on major investments in HistoGeneX and Caprion Biosciences and the subsequent combination of the two businesses.
  • BBA Aviation to sell Ontic for $1.365 billionJones Day is advising BBA Aviation plc ("BBA") in the sale of its Ontic business to an investment fund affiliated with CVC Capital Partners for $1.365 billion.
  • OMNOVA to be acquired by Synthomer plc for $824 millionJones Day is advising OMNOVA Solutions Inc. in its $824 million acquisition by Synthomer plc, a United Kingdom-based specialty chemical company.
  • NRC Group Holdings to be acquired by US Ecology, Inc. for $966 millionJones Day is advising NRC Group Holdings Corp. (NYSE American: NRCG) in its acquisition by US Ecology, Inc., a leading North American provider of environmental services to commercial and government entities, pursuant to an all-stock transaction that values NRCG on an enterprise value (based on the US Ecology average share price over the last 15-trading days) at $966 million.
  • ACI Worldwide acquires Western Union's Speedpay U.S. domestic bill pay business for $750 millionJones Day advised ACI Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACIW), a leading global provider of real-time electronic payment and banking solutions, in the $750 million acquisition and related financing of the Speedpay bill payment business of The Western Union Company.
  • Ideavillage sells Flawless and Finishing Touch business to Church & Dwight for $900 millionJones Day advised Ideavillage Products Corporation in the sale of its Flawless Finishing Touch business to Church & Dwight for $900 million.
  • International Wire Group acquired by affiliates of Atlas HoldingsJones Day advised International Wire Group Holdings, Inc. ("IWG") in connection with its acquisition by affiliates of Atlas Holdings LLC.
  • LORD Corporation to be acquired by Parker Hannifin for $3.675 billionJones Day is advising LORD Corporation in its $3.675 billion acquisition by Parker Hannifin Corporation.
  • Roper Technologies acquires Foundry for £410 million (US$543.4 million)Jones Day advised Roper Technologies, Inc. in its acquisition of Foundry in an all-cash transaction valued at £410 million (US$543.4 million).
  • Diamond S Shipping merges with tanker business of Capital Product Partners for $1.65 billionJones Day advised Diamond S Shipping L.P. in its $1.65 billion merger with the tanker business of Capital Product Partners (CPP).
  • KKR completes investment in OneStream SoftwareJones Day advised Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts & Co. L.P. in connection with its investment in OneStream Software LLC, a leading provider of cloud or on-premise Corporate Performance Management solutions for mid-sized to large enterprises, in a transaction that values the privately held company at more than $1 billion.
  • Nutrien acquires Actagro, LLC for $340 millionJones Day advised Nutrien Ltd. in its $340 million acquisition of Actagro, LLC, a developer, manufacturer, and marketer of environmentally sustainable soil and plant health products and technologies.
  • Cylance acquired by BlackBerry for $1.4 billionJones Day advised Cylance, an artificial intelligence and cybersecurity leader, in its $1.4 billion acquisition by BlackBerry Limited, plus the assumption of unvested employee incentive awards.
  • UPL acquires Arysta LifeScience from Platform Specialty Products Corporation for $4.2 billionJones Day advised UPL Limited ("UPL"), a leading global generic agrochemical company based in India, in connection with its subsidiary, UPL Corporation Limited’s, US$4.2 billion acquisition and related $3 billion term financing of Arysta Lifescience Inc. (“Arysta”), a global provider of crop protection solutions, including bio-solutions and seed treatment, from NYSE listed Platform Specialty Products Corporation (“Platform”).
  • Black Box acquired by AGC NetworksJones Day advised Black Box Corporation (Nasdaq: BBOX) in its acquisition by AGC Networks Ltd, a majority-owned subsidiary of Essar Global Fund.
  • J.F. Lehman acquires Inland Pipe Rehabilitation LLCJones Day advised long-standing client J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading mid-market private equity firm focused on the defense, aerospace, and maritime sectors, in its acquisition and related financing of Inland Pipe Rehabilitation LLC, a leading provider of trenchless pipe rehabilitation solutions and technology to the municipal wastewater and storm water markets.
  • Newell Brands sells Pure Fishing to Sycamore Partners for $1.3 billionJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in the sale of its Pure Fishing business to Sycamore Partners for approximately $1.3 billion in cash.
  • Competitive Power Ventures sells partial stake in Towantic Energy Center to Osaka Gas USAJones Day advised Competitive Power Ventures in the sale of 25 percent of its ownership interests in the CPV Towantic Energy Center (CPV Towantic) to Osaka Gas USA.
  • Flowers Foods acquires Canyon Bakehouse for $205 millionJones Day advised Flowers Foods, Inc. in its $205 million acquisition (including a performance-based contingent payment of $5 million) of Canyon Bakehouse, LLC, a privately held, gluten-free baking company based in Johnstown, Colorado.
  • PPC Flexible Packaging acquires Temkin InternationalJones Day represented Morgan Stanley Capital Partners and its portfolio company, PPC Flexible Packaging, LLC (“PPC”), in PPC’s acquisition and related financing of Temkin International, LLC and the assets of Temkin Packaging Colombia S.A.S. (together, “Temkin”).
  • Additional Publications

    • March 16, 2018Health Care Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook (2d Ed.), co-editor, ABA Section of Antitrust Law
    • April 2015Supreme Court Requires State Supervision of Professional Boards to Secure Antitrust Immunity, CPI Antitrust Chronicle
    • September 2013FTC Attorney Advisor Sheds Light on Evidence Likely to Lead to Second Requests, 17 M&A Lawyer 8
    • August 2013"Are We Going To Get A Second Request?”: Ten Questions to Ask When Assessing the Risk, ABA Antitrust Section of Law Federal Civil Enforcement Newsletter
    • August 2013Three Years in Rental Cars -- A Wild Ride, 13 The Threshold 3
    • March 2013Proposed Rule Ties Withdrawal of HSR to SEC Notification, 17 The M&A Lawyer 8
    • December 2011Manual of Federal Trade Commission Practice, 21-5th C.P.S., BNA
    • November 22, 2010Broader Standards In FTC Subpoena Enforcement, Competition Law360
    • October 2010District Court Dismisses FTC Complaint Seeking Divestiture and Disgorgement of $100 Million for Consummated Acquisition, The M&A Lawyer, Vol. 14, at 12

    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)
    We use cookies to deliver our online services. Details of the cookies and other tracking technologies we use and instructions on how to disable them are set out in our Cookies Policy. By using this website you consent to our use of cookies.