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Former FTC chair heads to Davis Polk

Jon Leibowitz will join firm’s antitrust division

The former chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) landed a new gig—heading over to the world of BigLaw.

Davis Polk announced on Monday that Jon Leibowitz will be joining the firm. Leibowitz, who left his post at the FTC in February, will be a member of Davis Polk’s antitrust division.

Leibowitz, who began working for the FTC in 2009, made a name for himself when he led a very public probe into Google. The case was expected to bring in a large settlement, however, Leibowitz decided to end the probe late last year with only a minor reprimand. Also as chair of the FTC, he led the effort to stop pharmaceutical companies from entering into settlement agreements that served to delay the entry of generic drugs onto the market. The Supreme Court handed down its decision in that case, FTC v. Actavis, earlier this week—in favor of the FTC.

In a statement, Davis Polk’s Managing Partner Thomas J. Reid said bringing on Leibowitz will strengthen the firm’s commitment to ensuring its Washington office is a leader in complex antitrust and merger clearance issues. “Jon’s stature and experience at the highest levels of government make him ideally suited to work within our antitrust and M&A practices,” Reid added. “We simply could not have found a better fit for us and our clients.” 

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