Howard Rosenblatt is a partner in Latham & Watkins' Brussels office where he practices EU competition law. With more than 20 years' experience, he handles complex mergers, alleged abuses of dominance, cartel investigations and all areas of competition law. He is among the few lawyers experienced in EU and US law, positioning him to serve companies across jurisdictions.
Recent mergers include representing Eli Lilly in its acquisition of the animal health business from Novartis, a deal named the 2015 “Matter of the Year” by Global Competition Review as part of the interconnected transactions among Eli Lilly, Novartis and GSK. Additional notable mergers include Live Nation’s acquisition Ticketmaster, Avery Dennison’s sale to 3M, several deals for Dana and Eaton, Eli Lilly’s acquisitions from Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer, and many other EU mergers in a wide array of industries. Mr. Rosenblatt was on the successful side of mergers raising the highest profile transatlantic issues over the years, representing a key intervenor opposing the GE-Honeywell merger and McDonnell Douglas in its merger with Boeing.
Mr. Rosenblatt has represented parties in the European Commission’s largest abuse of dominance investigations, including a complaint against Microsoft alleging tying, and defense of the largest semiconductor company involving volume discounts and bundling. His cartel work includes leading the defense for a major British chemical company in the Methacrylates investigation. He regularly provides practical guidance to help companies achieve their strategic objectives while minimizing risk.
His work in the US includes clearing many contentious mergers at the FTC and DOJ, private antitrust litigation and a successful oral argument before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Mr. Rosenblatt completed a four-year term as Managing Partner of the Brussels office in 2012. He was named a “Client Service All-Star” by BTI Consulting based on its survey of Fortune 1000 companies. In 2011, The Legal 500 named Mr. Rosenblatt among only 14 “leading individuals” of the Brussels competition bar, while Who’s Who Legal has noted his “excellent reputation.” He is consistently listed in Chambers Global among leading EU competition lawyers, as well as Euromoney's Expert Guides, PLC's Which Lawyer, IFLR 1000 and Best Lawyers Belgium.
Mr. Rosenblatt teaches at St. Gallen University in Switzerland for its Masters program in European Business Law and the College of Europe in Bruges for its summer course on EU Competition Law.