One of the best things about coming back to the FTC has been working with the smart, dedicated antitrust lawyers in the Bureau on a daily basis. There is an abundance of talented lawyers to help lead the work of the Bureau as evidenced by two recent promotions.
Geoffrey Green has become the Assistant Director of the Anticompetitive Practices Division, a position he held on an Acting basis for several months. ACP is the hub for the Bureau’s enforcement efforts against anticompetitive conduct in industries other than healthcare. Geoffrey joined the FTC in 1990 and was named Deputy Assistant Director of ACP in 2007. Geoffrey is an extremely talented lawyer who has worked on a number of important competition cases, most recently the Commission’s active cases against McWane and North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners. He also played a key role in a number of consent orders involving illegal invitations to collude, helping to establish that conduct as an unfair method of competition under the Commission’s standalone Section 5 authority. Geoffrey also participated in the highly publicized “Three Tenors” case, In re PolyGram Holdings, in which the FTC applied – and the D.C. Circuit approved – a “quick look” or truncated rule of reason analysis to conclude that a series of agreements that prohibited discounts and advertising were “inherently suspect.” This analysis has since become the standard approach in conduct cases.
In other news, Kevin Hahm is the new Deputy Assistant Director of the Mergers IV Division. Kevin is an extremely experienced merger lawyer who joins the management team of Jeff Perry and Alexis Gilman in overseeing the very busy Mergers IV Division, which spends much of its time investigating transactions in a variety of retail and local markets, such as hospitals, supermarkets, and funeral homes. Kevin began his FTC career in 1996 as a staff attorney in the Bureau’s Health Care Division. In 1998, he departed for private practice, and returned to the FTC in 2006. Kevin has led several prominent merger investigations, including the recent Office Depot/Office Max and Reading Hospital/SIR matters. Kevin also played a key role in litigated hospital merger cases such as ProMedica/St. Luke’s.
Congratulations to both Geoffrey and Kevin on their new positions.