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Lauren Rackow

Lauren Rackow


Lauren Rackow

Lauren Rackow is a counsel in the antitrust practice, based in New York. She advises clients on a wide range of antitrust matters, including on mergers and acquisitions, complex antitrust litigation, government investigations, financing transactions and antitrust compliance.

Lauren helps her clients navigate complex transactions through antitrust and foreign investment (CFIUS) review both domestically and across the globe.

Her experience spans a variety of industries, including healthcare, airline, financial services, digital commerce, transportation, communications, and food & beverage.

Lauren has acted as antitrust counsel to the financing sources in many major acquisitions featuring significant debt financings. She has also represented Credit Suisse in US litigation relating to the alleged manipulation of the US Dollar and CHF London Inter-Bank Offered Rate.

*Prior to joining Clifford Chance

  • Representation of Shutterstock, Inc. in its acquisition of Pond5, Inc., providing customers with unparalleled access to one of the largest collections of editorial and commercial video content in the world.
  • Representation of ICON plc in its US$12 billion acquisition of PRA Health Sciences, forming one of the world’s leading contract research organizations.
  • Representation of Arch Capital Group Ltd in its acquisition, along with Warburg Pincus and Kelso, of Watford Holdings, a Bermuda-based reinsurer and insurer, successfully obtaining approvals from antitrust authorities in the US and Europe, among others, for the approximately US$700 million transaction.
  • Representation of Lufthansa in its sale of LSG Group (including LSG Sky Chefs and Retail inMotion) to AURELIUS Group.
  • Represented PharmaMar, a Spanish biopharmaceutical company focused on oncology, in its agreement to exclusively license small cell lung cancer drug lurbinectedin to Jazz Pharmaceuticals Ireland Limited in the United States.
  • Represented Tembec in connection with its acquisition by Rayonier Advanced Materials.
  • Represented, Inc. in connection with its sale of Fannie May Confections Brands, Inc.
  • Represented Empire District Electric Company in acquisition by Algonquin Power.
  • Represented Arch Capital Group in its acquisition of leading mortgage insurer United Guaranty Corporation from American International Group, Inc.
  • Represented Coca-Cola Enterprises in merger with Coco-Cola Iberian partners and Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetrank.
  • Represented ICON plc in its acquisition of MediMedia Pharma Solutions.
  • Represented 1-800-Flowers in acquisition of Harry & David.
  • Represented ICON in Acquisition of Aptiv Solutions.
  • Represented Ascend Health in completion of acquisition by Universal Health Services.
  • Represented Validus in acquisition of IPC Holdings.
  • Represented Bolloré Group in its US$5 billion sale of Bolloré Logistics to CMA CGM.

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Career and qualifications

  • Swarthmore College (BA) 2000
  • Boston College (M. Ed.) 2003
  • New York University School of Law (J.D.) 2007
  • Admitted as an Attorney-At-Law in New York 2008
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2024

Professional bodies

  • Co-Chair, Health Care and Pharmaceuticals Committee, American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section
  • Co-Chair, American Bar Association’s Antitrust in Healthcare Conference 2024
  • Committee Officer, Executive Committee, New York State Bar Association Antitrust Law Section
  • Former member, NY City Bar Association Antitrust and Trade Regulation Committee

Awards and citations

  • Ranked Lawyer, Antitrust New York
    Chambers USA 2020 - 2023
  • Recommended Lawyer, Antitrust
    Legal500 2018 – 2023
  • Global Leader - Competition
  • Thought Leader – Competition
    Who's Who Legal 2023
  • Future Leader – Competition
    Who's Who Legal 2020, 2022