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WASHINGTON, August 8, 2016 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, today announced that Michael Perry has joined the firm's Antitrust and Competition practice as a Partner.

An FTC veteran, Mr. Perry joins the firm after most recently serving as Counsel to the Director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition from 2015 to 2016. In that front-office role, he was directly involved in many of the agency's most important antitrust enforcement actions, including both merger and non-merger matters. He played an integral role in the FTC's successful challenge to the proposed Sysco/U.S. Foods merger and other high-profile cases such as FTC v. Actavis, FTC v. Cephalon and FTC v. St. Luke’s Health System.

Prior to his role as Counsel to the Director, Mr. Perry served as an Attorney in the FTC's Health Care Division from 2010 to 2015, where he helped lead the agency's enforcement efforts in the pharmaceutical and health care sectors.

“The addition of Michael to our already deep Antitrust team will allow us to better serve our clients across industries, including in the life sciences and high tech sectors. His accomplishments in high-profile matters at the FTC speak to his very broad skillset,” said Andrew M. Baker, Managing Partner of Baker Botts.

“Michael is an outstanding lawyer and one of the most talented individuals I worked with at the FTC. He's the complete package who will be a tremendous resource for our group and clients,” said Steve Weissman, Co-chair of the firm's Antitrust practice and former Deputy Director of the FTC's Bureau of Competition.

A graduate of Stanford Law School, Mr. Perry worked in private practice shortly before serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Allyne R. Ross (E.D. N.Y.), and the Honorable Michael A. Chagares (3d Cir.).


Baker Botts Conference - Brexit Antitrust Implications

BRUSSELS, 15 August 2016 - On Thursday, 8 September 2016 Baker Botts’ Antitrust Practice, together with Concurrences, will be hosting its annual Global Antitrust Conference in Brussels. 

Leading Baker Botts and industry lawyers, regulators, practitioners and economists will gather to debate the hottest issues in international antitrust enforcement covering Brexit, EU, US and global angles, with a keynote speech by Aindrias Ó Caoimh, Former Judge, European Court of Justice, Luxembourg. 

A panel of seasoned experts, Carles Esteva Mosso, Deputy Director General, Mergers, DG Comp, Brussels, Susan Jones, Head of Corporate Legal Antitrust, Novartis International, Basel and Steve Weissman, Partner, Baker Botts, Washington, D.C. will put a fresh perspective on "Transatlantic Investigations: Divergence, Convergence or Somewhere in Between?" Dr. Georg M. Berrisch, Partner, Baker Botts, Brussels, will moderate the discussion. 

The following Baker Botts Antitrust experts are available for comment on these and other global Antitrust issues: 

Steve Weissman, former Deputy Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition, Co-Chair of Baker Botts' Antitrust Practice and panel member 

Catriona Hatton, Partner in Charge, Brussels and Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Antitrust Practice and panel member 

Dr. Georg M. Berrisch, a senior Baker Botts Antitrust and Trade Partner and litigator before the Court of Justice and the General Court of the EU. 

To schedule an interview, please contact Stephen Hastings or Louisa Williams

To view the full programme and list of speakers, please click here.

For more information on Baker Botts’ Antitrust practice, please click here


Baker Botts Represents Tallgrass Energy Partners in $400 Million Public Offering of Senior Notes

Deal Description: Tallgrass Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: TEP) (“TEP”) announced on August 18, 2016, that it, along with Tallgrass Energy Finance Corp., a subsidiary of TEP, priced an offering of $400 million in aggregate principal amount of 5.50 percent senior unsecured notes due 2024 at an offering price equal to 100 percent of par. 

The offering is expected to close September 1, 2016, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions. 

TEP intends to use the net proceeds of the offering to repay outstanding borrowings under its existing senior secured revolving credit facility. 

Baker Botts L.L.P. represented Tallgrass in the public offering. 

Baker Botts Lawyers/Office Involved: 

Corporate: Mollie Duckworth (Partner, Austin); Doug Rayburn (Partner, Dallas); Courtney Fore (Senior Associate, Austin); Jennifer Wu (Associate, Austin); Jude Dworaczyk (Associate, Houston) 

Tax: Mike Bresson (Partner, Houston); Jon Nelsen (Partner, Austin); Leah Patrick (Associate, Houston) 

Environmental: Scott Janoe (Partner, Houston); Samia Broadaway (Associate, Austin) 

Regulatory: Emil Barth (Special Counsel, Washington D.C.) 

For more information, please see Tallgrass’ news release by clicking here

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