Joe Rancour represents clients in connection with antitrust aspects of mergers and acquisitions, conduct investigations, counseling and litigation.


Mr. Rancour has broad antitrust experience across a variety of industries, including semiconductors, technology platforms, telecommunications, medical devices, life sciences, chemicals and financial exchanges. He regularly represents clients before the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission.

Examples of Mr. Rancour’s M&A representations include:

  • Intel in its:
    • $5.4 billion proposed acquisition of Tower Semiconductor; and
    • $15.3 billion acquisition of Mobileye, sale of Wind River to TPG and spin-out of the Intel Security business (McAfee);
  • Microsoft in its $19.7 billion acquisition of Nuance Communications;
  • Coherent in its $7.1 billion acquisition by II-VI, after representing Coherent in a three-party bidding war among Lumentum, MKS and II-VI for the acquisition of the company;
  • HP Inc. in its $3.3 billion proposed acquisition of Poly and its $425 million acquisition of the HyperX gaming peripherals business from Kingston;
  • Xilinx in its $49 billion acquisition by AMD;
  • Sprint in its $59 billion merger with T-Mobile, resulting in a combined company with an enterprise value of $146 billion;
  • CME Group in its $5.5 billion acquisition of NEX;
  • NXP in its proposed but terminated $47 billion acquisition by Qualcomm;
  • Cardinal Health in its acquisition of Medtronic’s Patient Care, Deep Vein Thrombosis and Nutritional Insufficiency businesses;
  • Nokia in its $17 billion combination with Alcatel-Lucent;
  • Freescale in its acquisition by NXP;
  • Merck KGaA in its acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich; and
  • Corning in its acquisition of Becton Dickinson’s Discovery Labware

Examples of Mr. Rancour’s litigation representations include:

  • Sprint in defending its merger with T-Mobile at trial in a lawsuit brought by state attorneys general;
  • representing Sprint in its challenge to AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile; and
  • representing Norfolk Southern Railway Co. in a multi-defendant antitrust class action.

In addition, Mr. Rancour has represented clients in investigations by competition authorities, including with respect to antitrust conduct investigations and in counseling one of the world’s largest technology companies in an FTC Section 6(b) investigation of nonreportable transactions that occurred over a decade-long period.

Mr. Rancour also has represented clients in pro bono matters, including Social Security disability and estate planning.



  • J.D., Cornell Law School, 2010 (magna cum laude; Order of the Coif)
  • B.A., University of Michigan, 2007 (With High Distinction; Phi Beta Kappa)


  • District of Columbia

Joseph M. Rancour