Baker Botts LLP has hired a group of international competition lawyers formerly of Howrey LLP.
The team includes partners Sean Boland, James Rill, John Taladay, Christopher MacAvoy and 28 other lawyers, as well as a group of economists, analysts and support staff.
Collectively, the team has represented companies in mergers and acquisitions, complex civil antitrust litigation and international cartel matters.
Boland has a wealth of experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, intellectual property and transnational antitrust cases. He has guided numerous M&A transactions in a broad range of industries including healthcare, energy, heavy manufacturing, transportation and financial services.
Rill, who joins as senior counsel, previously served as assistant attorney general in charge of the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) antitrust division, as well as chairman of the American Bar Association’s antitrust section. Most recently he provided counsel to the Federal Trade Commission and the DOJ in connection with the current revision of the horizontal merger guidelines.
Taladay is internationally recognised for his work on global competition policy matters before the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development competition committee and as a non-governmental advisor to the International Competition Network. Joining as a partner, his practice is focused on merger clearance and criminal cartel work, particularly in the technology, media and manufacturing sectors.
Christopher MacAvoy’s practice includes advising on mergers and joint ventures and distribution practices. He has held leadership positions in the American Bar Association’s section of antitrust law and has spoken and written on a variety of antitrust issues, with particular emphasis on mergers, trade association activities, price discrimination, promotions and other distribution practices.
“This is a world-class group of antitrust lawyers with very sophisticated and diverse practices,” said Baker Botts managing partner Walt Smith. “We are excited that they decided to make Baker Botts their home, and we plan to grow this practice both in the United States and Europe, and over time in other areas in which we operate, including Asia.”
Commenting on the move, Boland said: “Baker Botts, with its global footprint and focus on the energy, technology, life sciences and litigation fronts, provides the best opportunity for this highly-talented group of lawyers to continue working on cutting-edge matters for clients around the world.”
All four lawyers feature in The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists.