Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP today announced that it has strengthened its antitrust practice with the addition of former Federal Trade Commission (FTC) attorney Bilal Sayyed in Washington, DC. Sayyed joins the firm from McDermott Will & Emery.
Sayyed regularly advises clients before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) on significant merger, civil and criminal antitrust matters. A significant portion of his practice involves representing investment funds on antitrust and, in particular, Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act compliance matters. Sayyed also represents clients before the FTC in consumer protection investigations.
From 2001-2004, Sayyed served as Attorney Advisor to the Chairman of the FTC. During his time at the FTC, he advised the Chairman on competition-related issues across a wide spectrum of industries, including chemical and mining, petroleum and natural gas, health care and pharmaceutical, defense and transportation, gaming, various consumer products and retail operations, and professional associations and standard setting organizations.
“Bilal is a well-known, industry leader in the antitrust space,” said Cadwalader managing partner Pat Quinn. “He brings to our firm considerable experience and outstanding expertise in advising corporate and litigation clients on significant antitrust merger and litigation matters.”
Said Jason Halper, chair of Cadwalader’s Global Litigation Group: “Bilal’s arrival bolsters our antitrust team with a senior lawyer with substantial experience practicing at and before the FTC and the Antitrust Division. It is as important as ever to provide our clients with this kind of first-hand knowledge of and relationships with key government agencies.”
Added partner Richard Brand, co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Group: “Bilal has a sterling reputation in the antitrust space. He will contribute significantly to our growing hedge fund and activism practices. He has developed a reputation as the ‘go-to’ lawyer for investment funds seeking high-quality and creative advice on difficult HSR questions.”
In addition, Sayyed has taught antitrust and competition law at the George Mason School of Law since 2011.
“Cadwalader is such a great firm with such a long history of advising clients on complex antitrust matters,” Sayyed commented. “I already know a number of my new colleagues on our antitrust team and look forward to serving the firm’s existing – and my current – clients.”
Cadwalader continues to grow the firm in key, strategic practice areas. In recent weeks, the firm brought in a trio of litigation partners – Todd Blanche, Kyle DeYoung and Ellen Holloman – to expand its capabilities in commercial litigation and investigations. The firm also welcomed partner Kurt Oosterhouse to bolster the firm’s corporate finance practice with his arrival in Charlotte; partner Peter Morreale joined the firm’s capital markets practice in Washington, DC; and partner David Teigman became leader of the executive compensation and employee benefits practice in New York.
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