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Vinson & Elkins Grow DC Antitrust Team

 |  March 1, 2023

Vinson & Elkins announced today that Kara Kuritz has joined the firm as a partner in Washington, DC. Ms. Kuritz represents clients in all phases of transactional antitrust counseling and merger control, including foreign filings.

“Merger control is an extremely important sector of our Antitrust practice as regulators in the United States and abroad increase scrutiny on large deals, and few lawyers have as much hands-on experience in this area as Kara,” said Darren Tucker, Head of Vinson and Elkins’ Antitrust practice. “She will be a great asset to clients as she works alongside the firm’s corporate lawyers to guide their deals through reviews related to Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR Act) notifications, multi-jurisdictional foreign filings, and any resulting competition investigations.”

Prior to joining Goodwin, Kuritz served as the Antitrust Division’s HSR Act specialist at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she advised the Antitrust Division on the application of the HSR Act, interlocking directorate issues, and antitrust policy questions. She liaised on behalf of the Antitrust Division with the FTC on HSR Act regulations, rulemaking, guidance, and enforcement actions.

Kuritz focuses on assessing antitrust issues in mergers and acquisitions, advising clients on how to navigate antitrust risk, and working to ensure clients comply with U.S. and global merger notification requirements.

Kuritz advocates on behalf of clients before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and state regulators in inquiries or investigations into mergers, acquisitions and non-merger business conduct. She also provides antitrust counseling on issues such as diligence and pre-closing conduct, information sharing, competitor collaborations and interlocking directorates.

“Vinson & Elkins offers an exceptional platform for my practice because of the size and scope of the transactions the firm handles and the sheer volume of matters requiring foreign filing analysis in this ever-changing global regulatory environment,” said Kuritz. “The firm is also focused on expanding what is already a nationally recognized Antitrust practice, so this feels like a perfect opportunity for me.”