Lauren Miller Forbes practices antitrust and competition law, focusing on mergers, nonmerger investigations, and antitrust counseling. She has represented clients from a broad range of industries — including aviation, home products, semiconductors, building materials, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices — before the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and state antitrust enforcers.
Lauren counsels buyers and sellers in domestic and international transactions at every stage of the deal process, from premerger planning to regulatory filings, DOJ and FTC investigations, and litigation. She served as antitrust counsel to General Electric in its $3.4 billion sale of GE Water & Process Technologies to Suez, Tokyo Electron in its proposed merger with Applied Materials, and Baxter International's successful acquisition of generic pharmaceuticals company Claris Injectables; she also defended Electrolux Corporation in DOJ's challenge to the proposed acquisition of General Electric's appliance business.
Lauren advises clients on a wide range of merger and nonmerger topics, including competitor collaborations, monopolization claims, and potential government investigations. She has successfully defended a building materials manufacturer against price-fixing claims levied by both private plaintiffs and government enforcers and advised a medical device manufacturer on monopolization issues. She has also conducted internal investigations and developed antitrust compliance programming for major automotive, pharmaceutical, and consumer goods clients.
Lauren is a member of the American Bar Association's Section of Antitrust Law and writes regularly on antitrust issues for that organization. She is also a member of the Virginia State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.
What a Difference a Year Makes: FTC Withdraws Vertical Merger Guidelines, The M&A Lawyer, Vol. 25, Issue 9
Executive Order Signals New Era in Antitrust Enforcement and Merger Review, The M&A Lawyer, Vol. 25, Issue 7
Biden Administration Executive Order Would Expand Regulatory Intervention in Markets Across the Economy
It Ain't Over Till It's Over: Review of DOJ M&A Settlements Under the Tunney Act, The M&A Lawyer, Vol. 23, Issue 9
- May 2021
U.S. Antitrust Law Developments chapter in Report on Competition Law and Policy of China (2020), China World Trade Organization Studies
- May 2020
U.S. Antitrust Law Developments chapter in Report on Competition Law and Policy of China (2019), China World Trade Organization Studies
- August 2018
Structural Remedies, Global Competition Review, The Guide to Merger Remedies
- April 9, 2018
Chapter XII: Antitrust Division Relationships with State Attorneys General (contributing editor), DOJ Civil Antitrust Practice and Procedure Manual, Second Edition
- May 6, 2020
Co-Moderator, Lessons from the Field: The Evonik Litigation, W@ B3 Initiative
"Ryan Thomas and Lauren Miller Forbes understand our business and attitude towards antitrust issues and always work quickly."The Legal 500 United States
- The George Washington University (J.D. with honors 2012; Senior Notes Editor, The George Washington Law Review; Presidential Merit Scholar); Washington University in St. Louis (B.A. in History magna cum laude 2007; Phi Beta Kappa)
- District of Columbia and Virginia
- The Legal 500 United States — recommended for merger control (2021)