Stefano Sharma works with clients to assess and navigate transaction-related antitrust risk. He represents a wide array of clients across industries to analyze whether their transactions require Hart-Scott-Rodino filings, and to prepare and submit HSR filings where they are required. Stefano has advocated on behalf of clients before the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice in connection with transactions and investigations. He also counsels on transaction-related antitrust issues such as diligence, pre-closing conduct, information sharing, non-compete agreements, interlocking directorates, and competitor collaboration.
Stefano additionally assists Choate’s Private Equity and M&A clients with CFIUS analysis and with the Corporate Transparency Act.
Stefano began his career as a litigator and represented clients of Choate’s Litigation Department on disputes involving antitrust laws, breach of contract, trade secret misappropriation, employment laws, and the False Claims Act.
- Represented a leading biotechnology company in obtaining merger clearance for strategic collaboration.
- Represented a leading home services company in obtaining merger clearance for its acquisition.
- Represented multiple private equity funds in their acquisitions or divestitures of portfolio companies in transactions requiring HSR filings.
- Represented former executive in relation to a criminal antitrust case led by the Department of Justice.
- Represented leading private institutions of higher education in Department of Justice antitrust investigations.
- Represented multinational biotechnology company in civil antitrust and trade secret misappropriation lawsuit.
Publications and Presentations
Professional and Community Involvement
- Member of the Choate’s pro bono program, partnering with the EdLaw Project to directly advocate for the educational needs of low-income children in the Boston area
- Member of the Boston Bar Association
Education & Credentials
- Harvard Law School
- JD, 2017
- Harvard Negotiation Law Review
- University of Florida
- BA, 2013
U.S. District Court, Massachusetts
Choate represented Century Equity Partners in the sale of its portfolio company, DOXA Insurance Holdings, to Goldman Sachs Asset Management.
The current FTC leadership has been making strong statements against private equity roll-ups across industry sectors, and on September 21, 2023, acted on this rhetoric by suing a large health care provider in Texas, along with its founding private equity sponsor.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), with the concurrence of the Department of Justice (DOJ), recently published proposed rules aimed at radically expanding the information that goes into a Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) filing. By the FTC’s estimate, the time required to complete an HSR filing will increase, on average, by 107 hours.
Choate represented Century Equity Partners and its portfolio company, Ritter Insurance Marketing, in its acquisition by Integrity Marketing Group, a leading distributor of life and health insurance, and provider of wealth management and retirement planning solutions.
Choate represented BV Investment Partners in its investment in Marlabs, the global digital solutions company.