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Baker Botts' Award Winning Global Antitrust Practice Increases Momentum and Leadership

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WASHINGTON D.C., January 7, 2019 – In the last two months of 2018, Baker Botts’ award winning global Antitrust Practice added three exceptionally skilled, experienced and widely regarded industry experts to its ranks as new partners.

  • Maureen K. Ohlhausen - a Baker Botts Washington D.C. partner, was Acting Chair of the Federal Trade Commission, the highest-ranking position in the agency, charged with antitrust enforcement and consumer protection. She served as FTC Commissioner from 2012 until her appointment as acting Chairman. Ms. Ohlhausen was a leading voice in shaping the current standards that apply to antitrust, privacy and consumer protection laws, both in the U.S. and globally. She has received numerous awards, including the FTC's Robert Pitofsky Lifetime Achievement Award and the George Mason University Distinguished Alumni Award.
  • Peter Huston - a Baker Botts San Francisco partner, has over 25 years of experience in the antitrust, complex commercial, white collar and high stakes criminal and civil litigation arena. Prior to entering private practice, Peter served as the Assistant Chief of the DOJ's Antitrust Division’s San Francisco office and led multiple high-profile trial victories.
  • Matthew Levitt - a Baker Botts Brussels partner, is recognized as one of the leading competition lawyers in Europe by Chambers and other publications. His practice has focused on EU and international cartel investigations and multi-jurisdictional merger filings. Mr. Levitt also has extensive experience in the energy and natural resources sector, having worked on M&A transactions and investigations in the electricity, gas, ports, water, utilities, and infrastructure arena.

“The fact that not one, but three highly respected Antitrust lawyers with their level of experience, in three separate jurisdictions, would all choose to join Baker Botts speaks volumes about the global reputation of the firm, our focus on client service and our Antitrust team,” said Stephen Weissman, Co-Chair of the Antitrust Practice Group and a Washington D.C. based partner.

In addition to the three partners the firm also added partners, Mark Botti and Anthony Swisher earlier in 2018, and promoted Stacey Turner to partner. They are all based in Baker Botts’ Washington, D.C. office.

“When I left government service several years ago, I decided to re-join Baker Botts for two reasons; first, the quality of the lawyers at the firm, both in the Antitrust Practice and across the entire firm and second, the quality of cases that are especially interesting, challenging and rewarding that our firm attracts,” added Mr. Weissman.

“The growth of the Antitrust Practice, both in terms of new partners and new matters, truly provides a perfect example of the growth that we are seeing across the entire Litigation and Trial Department at Baker Botts,” said Van Beckwith, Chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice.

“Baker Botts' Litigation Practice is comprised of world-class lawyers, who handle disputes and try cases around the globe, in the courthouse down the street, and in cases involving business and commercial, antitrust and M&A, intellectual property, class actions, merger controls, energy, and securities and shareholder litigation,” added Mr. Beckwith.

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