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Clifford Chance Nabs Two Former Baker Botts Antitrust Pros

 |  April 20, 2023

Clifford Chance, a law firm founded in London, announced on Tuesday that it has added two partners based in Washington, D.C. from Baker Botts. Among them is the co-leader of Baker Botts’ life sciences antitrust team.

William Lavery and Joseph Ostoyich have been announced as the representatives for large public and private companies in antitrust investigations and litigation by the firm. Clifford Chance has appointed Ostoyich, who was previously an executive committee member at Baker Botts in Houston, to head their U.S. antitrust litigation practice.

Clifford Chance announced that Lavery specializes in government investigations and has represented clients such as Exxon Mobil Corporation, Merck & Co., Inc., and Toyota Motor Corp. in federal courts and before the U.S. Department of Justice’s antitrust division and the Federal Trade Commission.

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Ostoyich has served as the primary trial lawyer in multiple cases and has provided representation for notable clients such as Exxon Mobil Corporation, AT&T Inc., and Colfax Corp.

According to a statement by Marc Besen, global co-head of antitrust at Clifford Chance, the inclusion of Lavery and Ostoyich will aid clients in addressing the growing assertiveness of global antitrust enforcement.In recent months, there have been changes among antitrust partners. Milbank recently hired a former U.S. Federal Trade Commission competition official and an attorney from the U.S. Justice Department in Washington.