J. BruceMcDonald


Houston + 1.832.239.3822 Washington + 1.202.879.5570

Bruce McDonald represents energy, transportation, and telecommunications companies in antitrust government investigations and enforcement actions, merger reviews, and antitrust private litigation. He has worked extensively in related sectors, including petroleum and petrochemicals, oil field services, electricity, aviation, satellite communications, and media.

Bruce served as deputy assistant attorney general with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) for four years from 2003 to 2007. While at DOJ his antitrust enforcement responsibilities covered energy, telecommunications, transportation, health care, and regulated markets. The attorney general appointed Bruce to serve as DOJ's representative on the Electric Energy Competition Task Force created by Congress. He was also part of the U.S. delegation that negotiated the "open skies" agreement between the United States and the European Union.

Bruce previously served as chair of the State Bar of Texas' Antitrust & Business Litigation Section, as chair of the ABA Antitrust Section's Transportation & Energy Committee, and chair of the Houston Bar Association's Antitrust Section. Bruce has testified before committees of the United States Senate and House of Representatives and speaks and writes frequently on antitrust law enforcement and policy. He also taught antitrust and trade regulation as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center. He is a member of the Supreme Court Bar of the United States, the State Bar of Texas, the District of Columbia Bar, and the American Bar Association. Bruce is involved in community and pro bono matters that serve church, civic, and family and youth organizations.


  • International chemicals producer reviews antitrust aspects of transactionJones Day is providing antitrust counsel to an international chemicals producer in a multi-national merger control matter.
  • Chevron sold 43% stake in two Colombian gas production fields to HocolJones Day represented Chevron Petroleum Company ("Chevron"), a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX), in the sale of its 43% interest in the Association Contract and related rights and assets, pursuant to which Chevron operates certain upstream natural gas assets in the Chuchupa natural gas field in the Caribbean Sea and Ballena fields in the province of La Guajira, Colombia, to Hocol, S.A. ("Hocol"), a subsidiary of state-owned Ecopetrol S.A. ("Ecopetrol").
  • OMNOVA acquired by Synthomer plc for $824 millionJones Day advised OMNOVA Solutions Inc. in its $824 million acquisition by Synthomer plc, a United Kingdom-based specialty chemical company.
  • Universal Weather and Aviation fuel business sold to World Fuel Services for $170 millionJones Day advised Universal Weather and Aviation in the $170 million sale of its fuel business to World Fuel Services, Inc.
  • Central American conglomerate acquires significant strategic real estate holding in HondurasJones Day represented a Central American conglomerate in the acquisition of a significant strategic real estate holding in Honduras.
  • Bombardier to sell transportation business to Alstom for €6.2 billionJones Day is serving as antitrust and French corporate counsel in the €6.2 billion sale of Bombardier Inc.'s transportation business to Alstom S.A.
  • Total acquires Toshiba's interest in Freeport LNGJones Day advised Total Gas & Power Asia Private Limited ("Total"), a subsidiary of Total S.A., in (i) its purchase of all of the outstanding shares of Toshiba America LNG Corporation ("TAL") from Toshiba America, Inc. ("TAI"), and (ii) its assumption of all LNG related agreements from Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation ("TESS").
  • Arsenal Capital Partners acquires Seal for Life Industries from Berry Global Group Inc. for $328 millionJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners on the $328 million acquisition of Seal for Life Industries from Berry Global Group Inc.
  • Cabot sells its Specialty Fluids business to Sinomine (Hong Kong) Rare Metals Resources Co. Limited for $135 millionJones Day advised Cabot Corporation in the sale of its Specialty Fluids Business to Sinomine (Hong Kong) Rare Metals Resources Co. Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sinomine Resource Group Co., Ltd., for $135 million.
  • Central American conglomerate acquires agricultural and energy businessJones Day represented a Central American conglomerate in connection with the acquisition and related financing of an agricultural and energy business, subject to post-closing adjustments.
  • Sempra Energy sells subsidiary to ArcLight Capital PartnersJones Day advised Sempra Energy in the sale of a Sempra subsidiary to ArcLight Capital Partners for $328 million in cash, subject to adjustments for working capital.
  • Bombardier acquires Global 7500 aircraft wing program from Triumph Group Inc.Jones Day advised Bombardier Inc. in its acquisition of the wing manufacturing operations and assets relating to Triumph Group Inc.’s Global 7500 wing program.
  • Transportation company seeks advice in merger of Siemens and AlstomJones Day assisted a transportation company in relation to the merger of Siemens AG's Mobility Division with Alstom SA.
  • Fairmount Santrol and Unimin merge creating CoviaJones Day advised Fairmount Santrol in its merger with Unimin Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of SCR-Sibelco NV, in a tax-free, cash and stock transaction, creating a leader in proppant and industrial materials solutions.
  • Total, NOVA, Borealis form venture for U.S. Gulf Coast projectsJones Day advised Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, and affiliates of Austria’s Borealis AG and Canada’s NOVA Chemicals (both affiliates of the UAE’s Mubadala Investment Company) in the formation of a joint venture to build a $1.7 billion, 1 million ton per year ethane cracker in Port Arthur, Texas, acquisition of Total’s existing 400,000 ton per year two-line polyethylene plant in Bayport, Texas, and building of a new 625,000 ton per year Borstar PE plant at the Bayport site.
  • Signature Funeral and Cemetery Investments acquired by Park Lawn Corporation for $123 millionJones Day advised Signature Funeral and Cemetery Investments, LLC ("Signature Group") in its $123 million sale of all of its outstanding membership interests to PLC Signature Ltd., an affiliate of Park Lawn Corporation.
  • Parker Hannifin defends $4.3 billion acquisition of CLARCORFollowing a post-closing antitrust investigation, Parker Hannifin Corporation retained Jones Day to act as antitrust counsel in its litigation with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division over the company’s $4.3 billion acquisition of CLARCOR Inc.
  • U.S. software company defends antitrust investigation by Texas Attorney GeneralJones Day is advising a U.S. software company with respect to a Texas Attorney General antitrust investigation of pricing and distribution practices.
  • Level 3 obtains antitrust clearance for $34 billion merger with CenturyLinkJones Day represented Level 3 Communications, Inc. in its proposed $34 billion merger with CenturyLink, Inc.
  • International Automotive Components and Shanghai Shenda complete joint venture transaction forming AuriaJones Day advised International Automotive Components Group S.A. ("IAC") in the formation of Auria Solutions Ltd., a new global supplier of soft trim and acoustical products for the automotive industry and joint venture with Shanghai Shenda Co. Ltd. ("Shenda") .
  • Additional Publications

    • May 2019
      When One Door Closes: Court Requires Divestiture in Long-Consummated Merger, The M&A Lawyer, Volume 23, Issue 5
    • January 2019
      U.S. Antitrust Agencies Introduce Reforms to Speed Up Merger Reviews. Republished by M&A Lawyer, January 2019, Vol. 23, Issue 1 and Transaction Advisors, January 2019
    • January 2019
      U.S. Antitrust Agencies Introduce Reforms to Speed Up Merger Reviews, The M&A Lawyer, 22 No. 9 M&A Law. NL 1

    Speaking Engagements

    • October 7, 2015
      International Antitrust Conference: Antitrust Worldwide for Companies in Texas
    • October 26, 2013
      Presentation on airline mergers, joint ventures, and antitrust litigation, Fifth Annual McGill Conference on International Aviation
    • May 29, 2013
      Antitrust Law in the Aviation Industry
    • May 16, 2013
      New Antitrust Challenges for U.S. Companies Around the Globe
    • June 22, 2011
      Executive Roundtable Series - Growing Your Business: How to Handle Legal and Regulatory Hurdles Both Before and After They Arise
    • April 1, 2011
      The Southwest -AirTran Merger: Important Airline Competition Issues; Local Effects, DC Bar presentation
    • March 8, 2011
      Disgorgement by the DOJ and FTC, ABA Antitrust Section Spring Meeting
    • March 7, 2011
      Developments at the Antitrust Enforcement Agencies, ABA Public Utility, Communications & Transportation Section Spring Meeting
    • February 15, 2011
      Antitrust Litigation for Airlines, International Air Transport Association Legal Symposium
    • October 12, 2010
      Antitrust Under the Obama Administration and the "New" Supreme Court
    • February 16, 2010
      Executive Roundtable Series: Antitrust in the Obama Administration: Developments in the First Year and What to Expect Next
    • June 26, 2009
      Are There Different Rule of Reason Tests for Vertical and Horizontal Conduct?, ABA Antitrust Section teleconference
    • May 28, 2009
      The Department of Justice, Remarks to The Archer Center, University of Texas
    • February 20, 2009
      U.S. Antitrust Regime: Agencies, Investigation Procedures, and Methods, China-US Law Seminar
    • February 20, 2009
      M&A, Joint Ventures, & Airline Alliances, China-US Law Seminar
    • November 13, 2008
      Past is Prologue -- Taking a Hard Look at the Last Administration's Agenda and Accomplishments, ABA Antitrust Section Fall Forum
    • September 2008
      Global Air Transportation Industry Forum, Sponsored by EDS and Microsoft
    • March 27, 2008
      From Standard Oil to Today: Antitrust Enforcement in the Oil Industry, ABA Antitrust Section Spring Meeting
    • February 10-12, 2008
      Managing Global Change: The New Legal Challenges - IATA Legal Symposium 2008
    • November 11, 2007
      Compliance Policies and Programs: Perspectives of Government and Client, Association for Corporate Counsel and Pennsylvania Bar Association program on Antitrust Compliance and Antitrust Issues in Business Transactions
    • October 4, 2007
      Changes in the Airline Industry – New Entrants, Mergers, Alliances, Competition, and Consolidation: Responding to Breaking Events, American Bar Association Forum on Air & Space Law 2007 Annual Meeting
    • October 3, 2007
      Antitrust Enforcement in the Energy Industry: Perspectives From Inside the Government
    • September 25, 2007
      U.S. Antitrust Enforcement and Issues for European Business, remarks at breakfast seminar
    • June 13, 2007
      Second Guessing Federal Merger Enforcement, CRA International Current Topics in Antitrust Economics and Competition Policy
    • May 24, 2007
      Approval of Consent Decrees: Telecom Mergers Yield the First Interpretation of 2004 Tunney Act Amendments, American Bar Association teleconference
    • May 11, 2007
      International Merger Control, University of London conference on Trends and Developments in Global Competition Law
    • February 12, 2007
      Competition in the Air, The International Air Transport Association, Legal Symposium 2007
    • September 6, 2006
      Examining Competition in Group Health Care, testimony, Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate
    • July 25, 2006
      Competition in Real Estate Brokerage Services, testimony, Committee on Financial Services, United States House of Representatives
    • July 18, 2006
      Refusals to Deal, moderator, DOJ/FTC Joint Hearings on Single Firm Conduct and Antitrust Law
    • June 23, 2006
      The Antitrust Division & Two-Sided Markets, eSapience Conference on Antitrust for Two-Sided Markets Conference, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • July 6, 2006
      The Trans-Atlantic Antitrust Dialogue: What Do You Know?, British Institute of International Comparative Law, Trans-Atlantic Dialogue conference
    • May 9, 2006
      Antitrust Enforcers Roundtable, Practicing Law Institute 47th Annual Antitrust Law Institute
    • March 29, 2006
      Breakfast with the Antitrust Division deputies, ABA Antitrust Section Spring Meeting
    • March 29, 2006
      Exclusive Dealing Agreements: A New Frontier?, DOJ Perspective, ABA Antitrust Section Spring Meeting
    • February 3, 2006
      Federal and State Enforcement Roundtable, Practicing Law Institute 45th Annual Advanced Antitrust Seminar: Distribution & Marketing
    • September 27, 2005
      Duty to Deal with Others, panelist, International Bar Association
    • November 3, 2005
      Antitrust for Airlines, Regional Airline Association President's Council Meeting
    • October 28, 2005
      Recent Developments in U.S. and European Union Enforcement of Antitrust Activities, SMU Law Review Association Corporate Counsel Symposium
    • June 24, 2005
      Evaluating the Competitive Effects of Exclusive Dealing Agreements from the Government Perspective, panelist, ABA Antitrust Section Teleconference
    • June 16, 2005
      Section 2 and Article 82: Cowboys and Gentlemen, The College of Europe Global Competition Law Centre, Second Annual Conference on The Modernisation of Article 82
    • May 24, 2005
      Antitrust Enforcement and Merger Review: Convergence between EU and U.S. Jurisdictions, The Mentor Group Forum for EU-US Legal-Economic Affairs
    • May 4, 2005
      Telecommunications and Media Merger Environment, Stanford Washington Research Group 2005 Institutional Policy Conference
    • March 30, 2005
      Breakfast with the Antitrust Division deputies, ABA Antitrust Section Spring Meeting
    • March 29, 2005
      Section 2 in a Second Bush Administration, ABA Antitrust Section Spring Meeting
    • March 17, 2005
      February 24, 2005
      Update from the Antitrust Division, Antitrust Primer and Update 2005 Conference, Lighthouse Seminar Group
    • February 15, 2005
      Remarks to Regulatory Source Associates Annual Telecom Regulation Conference
    • January 6, 2005
      2004 Antitrust Division Review, Recent Developments in Antitrust Law, Virginia State Bar Antitrust Section Winter CLE Luncheon
    • November 19, 2004
      Conduct/Civil Nonmerger Panel Enforcement Developments, panelist, ABA Antitrust Section Fall Forum
    • November 17, 2004
      Update from the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, Antitrust Review and Update Conference, Lighthouse Seminar Group
    • November 16, 2004
      DOJ Antitrust Enforcement and Corporate Compliance Programs, Dallas Bar Association Antitrust Section
    • November 6, 2004
      Balancing the Respective Roles of Regulation and Antitrust in the New Millennium, Phoenix Center 2003 Annual U.S. Telecoms Symposium
    • June 17, 2004
      Transatlantic Alliances, Relationships and Open Skies, British Institute of International Comparative Law, Sixth Competition Law Forum, Competition in Air Transport
    • April 27, 2004
      Antitrust Enforcement and Remedies Policy: Convergence between the EU and U.S. Jurisdictions toward Strengthening EU Competitiveness and the U.S. Market Economy, The Mentor Group Forum for EU-US Legal-Economic Affairs
    • April 8, 2004
      Trinko, Mergers, & More Antitrust, Houston Bar Association Antitrust Section
    • April 1, 2004
      The Struggle for Standards, ABA Antitrust Section Spring Meeting
    • March 31, 2004
      Transportation Update, ABA Antitrust Section Transportation Industry Committee
    • February 27-28, 2004
      Panelist, UCLA Law First Annual Institute on US and EU Antitrust Aspects of Mergers and Acquisitions
    • February 25, 2004
      The Economic Implications of Seafood Processor Quotas, testimony, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate
    • January 21, 2004
      Interview with The Energy Antitrust News on DAAG for Regulatory Matters for the ABA Antitrust Section Fuel and Energy Industry Committee
    • December 3, 2003
      Antitrust Policy in the Changing Telecom Environment, Charles Schwab Capital Markets Washington Research Telecom Conference 2003
    • November 18, 2003
      The Outer Limits of Price Agreements, panelist, ABA Antitrust Section Fall Forum
    • October 17, 2003
      Latest Developments in the U.S. Telecommunications Industry, Symposium on Competition Policy in Telecommunication Markets, National Institute of Law, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
    • September 16, 2003
      DOJ and FCC: Complementary Enforcement and Regulation in the Telecommunications Industry, 2003 Conference of the International Bar Association
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