Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on William Baer’s Nomination to Head the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division

The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday held an hour-long hearing on President Barack Obama’s nomination of William J. Baer to be Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division (“DOJ”). The Antitrust Division is responsible for reviewing mergers, bringing civil litigation on behalf of the United States, and enforcing the criminal aspects of the antitrust laws. Mr. Baer, former director of the Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) Bureau of Competition and longtime head of Arnold & Porter LLP’s antitrust practice, is extremely well-qualified for the position given his stature in the antitrust community and his decades of antitrust experience. Read more