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Kristin Shaffer’s practice focuses on merger control issues, particularly premerger notification, review, and analysis under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Antitrust Improvements Act. She also advises clients on a wide variety of antitrust topics, including integration planning, horizontal and vertical restraints, distribution agreements, joint ventures, trade associations, and the Robinson-Patman Act

Ms. Shaffer served as an attorney in the Premerger Notification Office of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), where she concentrated on HSR compliance and initial antitrust review. Additionally, Ms. Shaffer was as an attorney in the FTC’s Anticompetitive Practices Division, where she investigated a wide range of anticompetitive conduct.

  • An American insurance company in its acquisition of a health-focused insurance company.
  • An independent investment advisor in its acquisition of a project company operating a gas-fired combined-cycle power facility.
  • A California-based capital markets company in its acquisition of a digital security company.
  • An infrastructure investment manager in its $1 billion+ sale of a hydroelectric project company.
  • A private equity company in its acquisition of a data management software company.
  • A software company in strategic equity investment by an American private equity firm.
  • A medical supply manufacturer and distributer in its acquisition of a product line from a medical device company.
  • A commercial real estate company in its ~$2 billion acquisition of a brokerage service provider.
  • A global cloud software company in its $1 billion+ acquisition of an industry-specific cloud software company.
  • A global distributer in its $4 billion+ sale to a supply chain solutions company.
  • A private equity firm in its acquisition of an identity access management company.
  • A technology investment company and a cloud platform provider in the cloud platform provider’s acquisition of an AI company.
  • One of the world’s largest technology companies in its ~$1 billion acquisition of a popular App.
  • A multinational pharmaceutical company in its collaboration and ~$250 million equity investment in a clinical-stage immunology company.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Member

Previous Experience

  • U.S. Federal Trade Commission
    • Premerger Notification Office, Attorney
    • Anticompetitive Practices Division, Attorney
  • Hon. Robert D. Sack, United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, Judicial Intern
  • While at the FTC, Ms. Shaffer received the Stephen Nye, Janet D. Steiger and Paul Rand Dixon awards, recognizing individual and team contributions to the agency.