Collins, Wayne Dale

Wayne Dale Collins

Of Counsel

Mr. Collins has almost 40 years of experience in antitrust law as a government policy maker, a law school faculty member, and a private practitioner. Although he works in all aspects of competition law, Mr. Collins focuses primarily on the defense of mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures before competition agencies throughout the world. He is also actively involved in a number of antitrust litigations in the United States as well as investigations conducted by the European Commission and other agencies.

Mr. Collins joined Shearman & Sterling in 1978. In 1981, he resigned from the firm to serve as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to then-Vice President George H.W. Bush. Thereafter, Mr. Collins served as a special assistant and later as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division under William F. Baxter.  He returned to the firm in 1983. After serving as a partner at for almost thirty years, Mr. Collins became Of Counsel to the firm in 2017.

Mr. Collins is an adjunct professor of law at both New York University School of Law and the Georgetown University Law Center. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at Yale Law School, where he has taught the main antitrust course as well as several specialized antitrust courses.

Mr. Collins is active in scholarly programs regarding the design and implementation of competition law. He conceived and served as editor-in-chief of Issues in Competition Law and Policy, a three-volume treatise that comprehensively surveys the issues facing modern competition law in the United States, Europe and around the world. As well as lecturing in the United States, Mr. Collins has lectured at the invitation of the Chinese and Russian governments in Beijing and Moscow and at academic conferences around the world.

Selected Experience

  • Textron/Cessna in its acquisition of Beechcraft
  • Ardagh Group S.A. in its acquisition of Verallia North America from Saint-Gobain
  • Service Corporation International in its acquisition of Stewart Enterprises
  • Thomson Reuters in its acquisitions of Reuters, Informational Holdings, Primark, The Carson Group, West Publishing Company, IDD Enterprises, Harcourt’s Higher Education Division, the Elite Information Group, and TradeWeb; its joint venture with the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation; and the EC’s investigation into a possible abuse of dominance in the data feeds business


  • University of Minnesota, Ph.D. Candidate economics, 1979
  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1978, Member, Law Review
  • California Institute of Technology, M.S., 1974
  • California Institute of Technology, B.S. (Honors), 1973, ARCS scholar



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