Mayer Brown announced that partner Mark W. Ryan (Washington DC) has been named to The National Law Journal’s (NLJ) list of “Mergers & Acquisitions and Antitrust Trailblazers,” which recognizes “innovative thinkers and leading practitioners” who have “moved the needle in mergers & acquisitions and antitrust law.” (View profile.)

Among Mr. Ryan’s accomplishments, the publication noted his representation of the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) in its 2007 merger with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Mr. Ryan said the press predicted that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) would try to block the merger. “But we were able to show why, in a properly defined market, there was no competition problem,” Mr. Ryan said. “The deal guaranteed there would be a leading Chicago-based exchange to compete with exchanges in New York and London.” More recently, as the DOJ Antitrust Division’s first-ever director of litigation, Mr. Ryan led the DOJ’s victory over Apple in the e-books price-fixing matter.

Mr. Ryan had joined the DOJ from Mayer Brown, where he held key positions such as partner-in-charge of the Washington DC office. Having returned to Mayer Brown, Mr. Ryan now heads the firm’s global Antitrust & Competition practice. In over 25 years of private practice, he has appeared in federal and state courts across the nation on behalf of large multinational corporations, small companies and individuals. In addition to high stakes litigation, Mr. Ryan advises corporations on the potential antitrust consequences of distribution strategies, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions. He also represents companies and individuals in cartel investigations.