Shawn R. Johnson, Partner Washington, D.C.
srjohnson@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2624
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Shawn Johnson is a partner and vice-chair of Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group and is located in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Shawn's practice involves antitrust counseling on a wide variety of subjects, with particular focus on transactional antitrust matters such as mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures. He has guided numerous transactions through the U.S. and foreign antitrust/competition review process and is expert at drafting and negotiating the antitrust aspects of complex transactions.

Shawn also regularly advises clients in connection with both grand jury and civil non-merger investigations, as well as issues related to compliance with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. Shawn has represented clients before the United States Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the European Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the Department of Defense, and many state attorneys general.

Shawn has extensive experience advising on antitrust issues in a broad range of industries, including healthcare, aerospace, defense, telecommunications, chemicals, metals and natural resources.

Representative Merger Experience

  • Representing Humana in connection with its proposed $37 billion merger with Aetna, as well as its acquisitions of Arcadian Health and Concentra.

  • Representing United Technologies in connection with the $9 billion sale of Sikorsky to Lockheed Martin, as well as its $16.5 acquisition of Goodrich and its $1.8 billion acquisition of GE Security.

  • Representing Coventry Health Care in connection with its $5.7 billion sale to Aetna.

  • Representing Pratt & Whitney in connection with the $550 million sale of its Rocketdyne business unit to GenCorp.

  • Representing Alcoa in connection with its $2.85 billion acquisition of Firth Rixson and its $1.5 billion acquisition of RTI International Metals.

  • Representing AT&T (and previously SBC) in connection with several acquisitions, including AT&T Wireless, AT&T Corp., BellSouth, and DirecTV.

  • Representing DuPont in connection with its $6.3 billion acquisition of Danisco and the $4.9 billion divestiture of its automotive paints business to the Carlyle Group.

  • Representing Rio Tinto in connection with the $761 million sale of the Jacobs Ranch coal mine to Arch Coal, as well as the divestiture of its Alaskan gold and silver mining operations.

  • Representing Reed Elsevier in connection with the $950 million divestiture of its Harcourt Assessment business to Pearson.

  • Representing Bank of America, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Merrill Lynch and UBS in the formation of ICE US Trust LLC.

  • Representing Citadel Securities, GETCO, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and UBS in their purchase of a significant equity interest in NYSE Liffe U.S.

  • Several confidential transactions involving U.S. and foreign intelligence and defense contractors.

Representative Litigation Experience

  • Representing an agricultural cooperative in connection with an investigation by the Department of Justice into alleged price fixing; closed without prosecution.

  • Representing a major metals manufacturer in connection with an investigation by the Department of Justice and various international competition authorities into alleged pricing fixing; closed without prosecution.

  • Representing a major multinational corporation in connection with an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission into potential monopolization and abuse of standard setting concerns; closed without prosecution.

  • Representing a major multinational corporation in connection with an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission into potential monopolization and exclusive dealing concerns; closed without prosecution.

  • Representing several clients in connection with internal antitrust investigations.

Shawn is a member of the Antitrust Law Section of the American Bar Association and the American Health Lawyers Association. He is a regular speaker on the antitrust issues related to mergers and acquisitions and has previously served on the Editorial Board of several ABA publications, including Mergers and Acquisitions: Understanding the Antitrust Issues (4th ed.) and Antitrust Compliance: Perspectives and Resources for Corporate Counselors (2nd Ed.).

Shawn received his J.D. from the Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he served as managing editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. He received a B.A. in economics and political science from Boston College. Shawn is admitted in both the District of Columbia and Virginia.



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Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Virginia (inactive)



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Speeches & Presentations

  • “Mergers in the Communications Sector – Experiences from the US and Europe,” GCR Live 5th Annual Antitrust Law Leaders Forum, Miami, FL (February 6, 2016). Presenters: Shawn R. Johnson, Antonio Bavasso (Allen & Overy LLP), Nick Woodrow (Vodafone Group), Jeff Prisbrey (Charles River Associates), and Edurne Navarro (Uría Menéndez Abogados).
  • "Best Practices for an Effective Compliance Program," Connecticut Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Compliance Conference, Hartford, CT (June 2, 2015). Presenters: Shawn R. Johnson, Philip Wellman (MML Investment Advisers), Donald Griffith (MassMutual), and Stephen Harris (The Hartford).
  • "Antitrust Update," ABA Antitrust Section Teleconference, sponsored by the Corporate Counseling Committee (May 2015). Presenters: Shawn R. Johnson, Chahira Solh, Mary Anne Mason, Sean-Paul Brankin, and Olivier Antoine.
  • "Antitrust Update," Crowell & Moring's Healthcare Ounce Of Prevention Seminar (HOOPS), Hartford, CT (March 10, 2015). Presenters: Shawn R. Johnson and Katherine I. Funk.
  • "Antitrust in an Era of Healthcare Reform," Crowell & Moring's Healthcare Ounce Of Prevention Seminar (HOOPS), Washington, D.C. (October 27-28, 2014). Presenters: Shawn R. Johnson and Katherine I. Funk.
  • "Healthcare Antitrust Bootcamp Webinar Series - Part I: Introduction and Antitrust Overview," American Health Lawyers Association Webinar (October 16, 2013). Presenters: Arthur N. Lerner and Shawn R. Johnson.
  • "Introduction to Antitrust," American Health Lawyers Association Antitrust Boot Camp (September 15, 2011). Co-Speakers: Arthur N. Lerner, Barbara H. Ryland and Shawn R. Johnson.
  • "Antitrust Update," ABA Antitrust Section Teleconference, sponsored by the Corporate Counseling Committee (May 2009). Co-Presenters: Jeffrey Blumenfeld, Christine L. White, Shawn R. Johnson, Daniel L. Zelenko and Sean-Paul Brankin.


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May.05.2016 Deal Note: Crowell & Moring’s Team Represents OpenText in its $100 Million Dollar Acquisition of ANXe Business Corp.
Sep.25.2015 Deal Note: Crowell & Moring Advises UTC on Sale of Sikorsky Aircraft to Lockheed Martin; DOJ Approves Transaction Without Second Request
Jul.21.2015 Deal Note: Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group Advises AT&T on Acquisition of DIRECTV, DOJ Will Not Challenge Acquisition
Jul.20.2015 Deal Note: Crowell & Moring Advising Longtime Client UTC in Sale of Sikorsky Aircraft to Lockheed Martin Corp.
Jan.22.2015 Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group Featured in Global Competition Review's 15th Edition "GCR 100"
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Apr.08.2014 Crowell & Moring Named Finalist in Global Competition Review's Fourth Annual "GCR Awards"
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Aug.04.2005 Crowell & Moring LLP Assists United Technologies Corporation's Pratt & Whitney Division in Obtaining Antitrust Clearance For Acquisition of Boeing's Rocketdyne Propulsion & Power