By Suhrith Parthasarathy
Nov 19 (Reuters) - Joseph Wayland, who recently stepped down
as the acting head of the U.S. Justice Department's Antitrust
Division, will rejoin the law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett as
a partner in the litigation practice, the firm announced today.
At the Justice Department of Justice, Wayland oversaw all of
the division's criminal and civil cases. He returns to Simpson
Thacher's New York office, where he was a litigator from 1988 to
2010, before he joined the Justice Department.
In a statement, Pete Ruegger, chairman of Simpson Thacher's
executive committee, said he was "pleased to welcome Joe back to
the firm" and that he would handle antitrust and other major
When Wayland first moved to the Justice Department, it was
as the deputy assistant attorney general for civil enforcement
in the antitrust division. He was named its acting head in April
During his tenure Wayland led the division to several
victories, including preventing tax-preparation service H&R
Block from acquiring competitor TaxAct and thwarting AT&T's
attempted $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile -- two cases that
Wayland noted in an interview with Reuters on Monday.
Earlier this year, Simpson Thacher hired Matt Reilly,
formerly the assistant director of the Federal Trade Commission,
as partner in its antitrust practice group.
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