Earlier this month, Joseph Wayland stepped down as the acting head of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division, and has now announced he will be joining Simpson Thacher & Bartlett as partner.
Wayland joined the Antitrust Division in 2010 as its deputy assistant attorney general for civil enforcement. He was appointed to lead the division in April. During his tenure with the DOJ, he oversaw several key mergers and acquisitions challenges, notably preventing H&R Block Inc.’s attempted acquisition of TaxAct in the Antitrust Division’s first successful litigated merger challenge in eight years. He also led a successful challenge to AT&T Inc.’s planned acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc., and helped the DOJ reach compromises on several other merger deals.