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Timothy Cornell

Timothy Cornell


Timothy Cornell

Tim Cornell is Head of Clifford Chance’s U.S. Antitrust practice. Building on two decades of antitrust experience, he leads the U.S. team on advising global clients on complex antitrust matters including government, civil and criminal antitrust investigations, merger clearances, the regulatory review of mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property and technology licensing, supply and distribution agreements, joint venture formation, and the adoption of antitrust best practices.

Tim has advocated on behalf of dozens of clients before the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the federal courts. Tim is also a thought leader in the antitrust community on a variety of issues.

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  • CVC Capital Partners on 15 transactions before the antitrust agencies
  • Partners Group on 5 transactions before the antitrust agencies
  • Jardine Lloyd Thompson on its £4.8bn takeover by Marsh & McLennan
  • CME on its acquisition of NEX Group Plc; we previously advised NEX Group Plc and ICAP in the sale of its voice broking business to Tullet Prebon
  • Hearst Corporation in its acquisition of Fulcrum Financial Data
  • Informa on its acquisition of UBM
  • Hearst Corporation on its acquisition of the magazine and book businesses of Rodale Inc., a health and wellness content company that publishes Men's Health, Women's Health, Prevention, Runner's World, Bicycling, and other titles in the U.S. and around the world
  • Cinven on the sale of Germany-based CeramTec GmbH, a world-leading manufacturer of high-performance ceramics, to an investor consortium led by BC Partners and including Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan. The complex multinational transaction (dual track) was preceded by a bidding process
  • S&P Global on the sale of its pricing and evaluations business to Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)
  • Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola FEMSA on the acquisition of AdeS from Unilver
  • Hearst on a variety of transactions including its purchase of Lagardère, an 80% stake in Litton Entertainment, Milliman Care Guidelines, Kubra Data Transfer, Awesome TV, Complex Media, and continued purchases of Fitch ratings, as well as joint ventures with Verizon and Condé Nast
  • Informa in several transactions in the exhibitions and information spaces
  • Audi, BMW and Daimler on the purchase of Nokia’s HERE business
  • ICAP in the sale of its voice broking business to Tullet Prebon
  • Montagu and Astorg on the US$1.4 billion purchase of Sebia
  • Fresenius on its acquisition of Biosimilar Pipeline business from Merck
  • GSMA in a follow-on investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2018 into GSMA's standard-setting practices that involved major U.S. telecom companies. Convinced the Department of Justice to take a creative approach to resolving its investigation through the issuance of a Business Review Letter
  • Symrise AG in connection with the sale of its chicken-based food ingredients business located in Banks County, Georgia to Kerry. The sale was mandated by the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) as a condition to receiving clearance from the DOJ in connection with Symrise's US$900 million acquisition of American Dehydrated Foods

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Integrated and dynamic, our Tech Group is a single global team delivering strategic tech law advice to help clients stay ahead of the curve and outstrip the pace of change.

Career and qualifications

  • United States Naval Academy (B.S.) 1992
  • Georgetown University Law School (J.D.) 2000
  • Admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in New York 2001
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2009
  • Admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in the District of Columbia 2010
  • Partner since 2015

Professional bodies

  • Vice Chair of Corporate Counselling, ABA Antitrust Law Section
  • American Bar Association, Antitrust Section