FTC Director Bilal Sayyed Rejoins Cadwalader as Counsel

October 12, 2023

Bilal Sayyed, who served as the Federal Trade Commission’s Director of the Office of Policy Planning (OPP) from 2018 to 2021, has rejoined Cadwalader’s Antitrust practice as a counsel in Washington, D.C.

“We’re excited to welcome Bilal back to Cadwalader,” said Corporate practice co-chair Richard Brand. “He will enhance our capabilities in advising clients on the complex merger and non-merger issues they continue to face.”

In his role at the FTC, Bilal guided the Commission in developing and implementing long-range competition and consumer protection policy initiatives and advised staff on cases raising new or complex policy and legal issues. During his tenure, the OPP initiated and managed the Chairman’s Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century. After the Hearings, Bilal initiated and led the FTC’s project to draft the first joint Vertical Merger Guidelines and the FTC’s Commentary on Vertical Merger Enforcement.

Prior to rejoining the FTC in 2018, where he had previously served as an Attorney Advisor from 2001 to 2004, Bilal was a counsel in Cadwalader’s Antitrust practice, where he represented clients before the FTC and the DOJ in merger, civil and criminal antitrust matters. A significant portion of his practice involved advising investment funds on antitrust and Hart-Scott-Rodino compliance matters.

“I’m thrilled to rejoin my colleagues at Cadwalader,” said Bilal. “The firm continues to provide a powerful combination of M&A and related clearance and antitrust litigation advice, and I’m looking forward to contributing strategic and practical support to my corporate colleagues to ensure exceptional service that achieves our clients’ goals.”

In addition to his practice, Bilal serves as an advisor to TechFreedom, a nonprofit think tank that focuses on complex competition and privacy policy and legal issues raised by technological change. Bilal frequently speaks and writes on cutting-edge competition issues, and he teaches antitrust law as an adjunct professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.