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Weil to Add Assistant Director of FTC Bureau of Competition as Partner in Washington, D.C.

International law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP announced today that Jeffrey H. Perry, Assistant Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition, will join the Firm as a partner based in the Washington, DC office. He will be part of the Firm’s Global Antitrust/Competition Practice.

“Jeff is one of the most well-respected antitrust officials in the government and we are thrilled that he has chosen to join Weil,” said Executive Partner Barry M. Wolf. “In addition to the high-level government experience he brings, Jeff has worked with and across the table from most of the members of our antitrust group on numerous merger reviews, and we know he will be a great fit with the Firm.”

Head of Weil’s Global Antitrust/Competition Practice Steven A. Newborn commented: “During his 13 years at the FTC, Jeff has been the lead investigator, manager and first-chair litigator on hundreds of FTC cases and he has led and managed investigations across virtually every industry overseen by the agency. He will bolster our antitrust group’s already premier position and expand the range of industries in which we can offer clients unparalleled expertise.”

For the past 13 years, Mr. Perry, 39, has practiced law at the Federal Trade Commission, rising to the position of Assistant Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. In this role, he manages and leads a division of more than 30 attorneys responsible for antitrust investigations and litigation in some of the agency’s most important matters, and some of the economy’s fastest growing and most scrutinized industries.

Prior to becoming Assistant Director, Jeff served in a number of important positions, including Special Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia, where he first-chaired more than 20 criminal trials, and Counsel to the Director of the Bureau of Competition, where he oversaw merger and non-merger cases across a range of industries. Before being promoted to Assistant Director, he served as the Deputy Assistant Director of the Bureau of Competition.

“Weil’s leading antitrust practice along with its extremely active mergers and acquisitions and litigation practices make it an ideal platform for the next stage of my practice,” said Mr. Perry. “I look forward to working with the many great lawyers based in Weil’s offices around the world as I develop a full-service antitrust counseling, M&A and litigation practice.”

This news was covered in the following outlets (may require registration/subscription):

  • The Wall Street Journal: Top Federal Trade Commission Lawyer Decamping to Weil Gotshal (April 25, 2014)
  • The Deal: FTC’s Perry decamps to Weil Gotshal (April 25, 2014)
  • The Am Law Daily: The Churn: TC Lawyer Joins Weil, Plus More Lateral Moves (April 25, 2014)
  • Law360: Weil Bolsters DC Antitrust Bench With Top FTC Litigator (April 25, 2014)
  • Global Competition Review: Perry to leave FTC for Weil Gotshal (April 25, 2014)
  • Bloomberg / Bloomberg Businessweek: Weil Hires FTC Competition Bureau Lawyer: Business of Law (April 28, 2014)
  • The Deal: Movers & Shakers: April 28, 2014 (April 28, 2014)

About Weil Gotshal’s Antitrust/Competition Practice

Weil's Antitrust/Competition Practice is one of the largest, most-diversified and well-respected in the world. The nearly 40-lawyer group, which includes several partners who previously held senior positions at the Federal Trade Commission, has an unparalleled track record in obtaining antitrust clearance in ‘bet the company’ mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. In addition, the practice offers significant experience in class actions and complex commercial litigation, including civil and criminal cases before juries and judges in multiple jurisdictions, avoiding a full trial whenever possible – but successfully trying cases where necessary. The group also has expertise in handling global cartel investigations, dawn raids, and follow on litigation. We represent clients including many of the Fortune 100 before the US Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, and state antitrust enforcement agencies on a full spectrum of mergers and acquisitions, investigative and litigation matters. We also regularly appear before the European Commission and other regulatory bodies in the EU, Eastern Europe, and Asia.

About Weil Gotshal

Founded in 1931, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has been a preeminent provider of legal services for more than 80 years. With approximately 1200 lawyers in 20 offices worldwide, Weil has been a pioneer in establishing a geographic footprint that has allowed the Firm to partner with clients wherever they do business. The firm's four departments, Corporate, Litigation, Business Finance & Restructuring, and Tax, Benefits, and Executive Compensation, and over two dozen practice groups are consistently recognized as leaders in their respective fields. Please see www.weil.com for more information, including awards and rankings.

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