Giorgio Motta

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Giorgio Motta joined the Brussels office of Skadden, Arps in 1999. Mr. Motta has a wide-ranging experience in European Community (EC), Italian and international antitrust merger control and cartel enforcement. Mr. Motta advises clients on antitrust aspects of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. He has worked on numerous transactions requiring international antitrust merger control approvals both in Europe and on a worldwide basis, for clients including Activision in a $18.9 billion combination with French media conglomerate Vivendi and its wholly owned subsidiary Vivendi Games; American Express Company in its approximately $1.1 billion sale of its American Express Bank to Standard Chartered PLC; Oakley Inc. in its $2 billion acquisition by the Luxottica Group; Abbott Laboratories in the $8.1 billion sale of its laboratory testing unit and blood analysis division to General Electric Company; Guidant Corporation in its $23.9 billion acquisition by Johnson & Johnson and its subsequent $27 billion acquisition by Boston Scientific Corporation; and Fisher Scientific International in its $12.8 billion merger with Thermo Electron Corporation. Mr. Motta also deals with cartels as well as EC and Italian competition law issues relating to vertical restraints and dominance. He has represented clients in Article 101 (formerly 81) investigations in relation to cartels, trade association membership, strategic alliances, distribution arrangements and other vertical agreements, both before the European Commission and the Italian Competition Authority. In the cartel enforcement area, Mr. Motta has assisted clients in leniency proceedings before the European Commission, and he has advised clients on antitrust compliance issues. Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Motta worked as a legal trainee in the financial services unit of the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission. Mr. Motta is a member of the Brussels bar and the Catania bar in Italy.

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