Keeper league, antitrust-style

As the calendar makes clear, summer is nearly over. For some, the transition to fall provokes thoughts of falling leaves, sharpened pencils, and warm beverages. For others, the end of summer means mulling over player rankings, sleepers, and early round strategies. While others have to work to create the perfect fantasy football roster, the Bureau already has an amazing team—as evidenced by some recent internal promotions.

Alexis Gilman has been promoted to Assistant Director of the Mergers IV Division, which has been his FTC home since he came to the agency in 2010. Alexis was a member of the trial team in FTC v. ProMedica in both the federal court preliminary injunction hearing and the Commission’s administrative trial. He continues to lend his knowledge and insight to the Commission’s efforts to defend its order in this case on appeal before the Sixth Circuit. A graduate of George Washington University Law School and Williams College, Alexis was appointed the Deputy Assistant Director of Mergers IV two years ago and has supervised the Division’s merger work in a wide range of industries: casinos (Pinnacle/Ameristar); office superstores (Office Depot/OfficeMax); funeral homes and cemeteries (SCI/Stewart); hospitals (CHS/HMA) and men’s tailored clothing retailers (Men’s Wearhouse/Jos. A. Bank).

Also joining the Mergers IV management team is Mark Seidman, the newest Deputy Assistant Director. Another graduate of GW Law School, Mark came to the Commission in 2005, working in the Mergers I Division where he reviewed mergers involving pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and  internet advertising. Mark has been a member of litigation teams in both federal court and administrative proceedings, and has worked on merger matters throughout the Bureau in a wide range of industries, from oilfield waste services to class rings. In addition, Mark served as Counsel to the Director and as a Special Assistant US Attorney for the District of Columbia.

James Weiss is now a Deputy Assistant Director of the Mergers I Division, joining fellow DAD Dan Zach and AD Mike Moiseyev in overseeing the Bureau’s merger work in health care, defense, and technology markets. James joined Mergers I in 2006 from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University, and has played a key role in a number of pharmaceutical industry consent orders and in investigations involving animal health products, the defense industry, and consumer products. Most recently, James led the investigations of Thermo Fisher/Life Technologies and Hertz/Dollar Thrifty, both of which resulted in divestitures to preserve competition.

Please join me in congratulating BC’s newest managers.