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US: Weil hires Simpson Thacher’s antitrust head

 |  December 13, 2016

An experienced former competition regulator has joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges as joint head of its antitrust practice in New York.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges has hired a former general counsel of the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) from fellow New York firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett as the co-head of its antitrust and competition practice.

Kevin Arquit was with the FTC between 1986 and 1992, serving as director of the bureau of competition, followed by a decade at New York-headquartered Rogers & Wells, which he left in 2002, two years after it merged with Clifford Chance, to join Weil.

Based in the New York headquarters, he will serve as joint leader of the practice alongside incumbent practice head, his former FTC colleague Steven Newborn, director of that agency’s merger control programme until 1994.

Arquit was head of the competition practice at Simpson Thacher. He has represented clients before the FTC and antitrust division of the Department of Justice, as well as other state and international competition authorities.

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