Nicole Sarrine is an associate in Hughes Hubbard’s Washington, D.C. office. Nicole focuses her work on advising and representing clients in antitrust matters and securities enforcement defense.
Her practice involves counseling clients on antitrust and securities issues and compliance, as well as advocacy before federal agencies. Nicole is skilled in merger and deal representation, and she has secured antitrust clearance for the mergers and acquisitions of large domestic and global corporations. Nicole is experienced in conducting in-depth fact examinations, and she has successfully defended clients in complex, high-stakes DOJ Antitrust Division and SEC investigations and proceedings.
Prior to joining Hughes Hubbard, Nicole’s experience in Washington included working as a law clerk for the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, a legislative correspondent for U.S. Senator Richard Burr, a special assistant for congressional and state relations with the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, and a research clerk at BGR Group.
2017 – 2018 Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, sponsored by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia
Board of Trustees, Thompson-Markward Hall
Advisory Board, Legislation Committee, Antitrust Law Section, American Bar Association
Represented Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBGI) in obtaining antitrust clearance from DOJ for Sinclair’s $10.6 billion deal to acquire 21 Fox regional sports networks from The Walt Disney Company
Represented Unimin, a subsidiary of Belgium’s SCR-Sibelco NV, in its merger with fellow industrial minerals provider Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc. DOJ granted early termination of the waiting period in the antitrust clearance process
Represented SBGI in negotiating a favorable settlement with DOJ over allegations that media companies agreed to exchange competitively sensitive information about spot advertising sales in certain local markets
Represented SBGI in seeking antitrust clearance from DOJ for the acquisition of Tribune Media
Counsel corporate clients on antitrust aspects of business arrangements, as well as antitrust risk and compliance
Represent clients in antitrust investigations initiated by government enforcement agencies
Prepare Hart-Scott-Rodino pre-merger notifications, respond to second requests, and secure antitrust clearance for client transactions
Securities Enforcement, Investigations, and Regulatory Matters
Defended Tesla founder Elon Musk in an SEC investigation related to statements made on social media concerning taking the company private
Advise a leading public corporate services company in the financial technology industry on securities regulation matters
Defended a fund manager in an SEC fraud investigation and subsequent ALJ proceeding
Defended a drug company CFO in an SEC fraud investigation
Represented a shareholder in submitting information under the SEC’s whistleblower program regarding potential securities law violations