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Crowell & Moring Matters Named Winners at Global Competition Review's 2019 GCR Awards

Charlesa Ceres, Associate General Counsel for Antitrust and Competition for United Technologies, Honored as Corporate Counsel of the Year

Washington – March 28, 2019: Crowell & Moring LLP is pleased to announce that two antitrust deals in which the firm served as counsel were named winners at Global Competition Review’s annual GCR Awards: The AT&T/Time Warner merger was named “Merger Control Matter of the Year: Americas,” and United Technologies’ (UTC) $30 billion acquisition of Rockwell Collins was named “Merger Control Matter of the Year: Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Africa.” In addition, Charlesa Ceres, UTC’s associate general counsel for antitrust and competition, was named Corporate Counsel of the Year for her role advising UTC in the Rockwell Collins acquisition.

Crowell & Moring served as antitrust counsel at DOJ for longstanding client AT&T in its $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner. After five weeks of testimony, Judge Richard Leon delivered a comprehensive ruling in June 2018 rejecting the government’s claims in their entirety and denying the Department of Justice’s request to block the merger. That decision was recently affirmed on appeal.

Crowell & Moring served as lead antitrust counsel for UTC in its acquisition of avionics supplier Rockwell Collins, two of the largest suppliers of aircraft components worldwide. The deal, which is reportedly the largest aerospace transaction in history, required approval from 12 U.S., EU, Asian, and Latin American antitrust authorities. The deal was eventually unconditionally cleared by the vast majority of the relevant authorities worldwide; in the EU, U.S., and China, the remedies imposed were limited. Ceres was honored for her role advising UTC in the acquisition, and handling the complex merger review processes in the multiple jurisdictions, including intensive remedy negotiations.

GCR editors selected the finalists in each category, and readers voted on the winners. The awards were presented at a ceremony on March 26 in Washington. The complete list of finalists can be viewed here.

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About Crowell & Moring’s Antitrust Group

Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group is recognized as one of the leading practices in the United States and around the world. Clients engage the firm to help navigate their most complex competition law issues, including: international merger control; private damages actions; cartel investigations and litigation; government investigations; and counseling and compliance. The group’s approximately 80 lawyers routinely represent industry-leading companies in some of the largest and most complex mergers and acquisitions in recent history – including successful DOJ clearance of AT&T’s $67 billion acquisition of DIRECTV, one of the 20 largest transactions of all time – as well as in both affirmative recovery and defense-side antitrust litigation. The firm’s antitrust litigators have achieved major results, including ongoing defense of United Airlines, DuPont, CSX, leading health care distributor Owens & Minor, and Blue Cross Blue Shield companies, as well as the recovery of more than a billion dollars for antitrust clients including General Motors and Motorola.

About Crowell & Moring LLP 

Crowell & Moring LLP is an international law firm with approximately 540 lawyers representing clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory, and transactional matters. The firm is internationally recognized for its representation of Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation, as well as its ongoing commitment to pro bono service and diversity. The firm has offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, London, and Brussels. Visit the firm at


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