By Andrew Longstreth
NEW YORK, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Squire Sanders has picked up a
trio of antitrust attorneys from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.
Mark Botti, who previously headed the antitrust group at
Akin Gump, has joined Squire Sanders along with former Akin
partners J. Brady Dugan and Anthony Swisher.
Squire Sanders CEO Jim Maiwurm said in a statement on
Tuesday that expanding the firm's antitrust practice has been a
key goal for the firm's Washington office, where the new
arrivals are based.
"As antitrust scrutiny and enforcement continue to rise
around the world, the addition of this team to the firm's
existing global antitrust and regulatory capabilities will
enhance our ability to support clients in this strategically
critical area," Maiwurm said.
Botti said in an interview with Reuters that the global
presence of Squire Sanders, which has 27 offices in 18
countries, was a key reason he joined the firm.
"While antitrust enforcement is global, it has local
nuances," Botti said. "It is important to have practitioners who
regularly appear before certain agencies around the world to
advise your clients. You can do that with lawyers outside your
firm, but it's more seamless for clients to have it all done in
Botti was at Akin for just under six years. Previously he
served 13 years at the U.S. Justice Department, where he held
various positions in the Antitrust Division.
Dugan spent 15 years at the Justice Department. As a
prosecutor, he worked on the government's investigation into an
international price-fixing cartel involving marine hose
Swisher's practice includes representing companies involved
in mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures in front of the
Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department.
Akin Gump chairman R. Bruce McLean said, "We thank Mark,
Brady and Anthony for their contributions and wish them well in
all future endeavors."
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