Antitrust, UCL and Privacy

Competition: Spring 2019, Vol 29, No. 1

ANTITRUST ENFORCEMENT PANEL: A CONVERSATION WITH TWO ENFORCERS

By Ashley M. Bauer1

The Golden State Institute was honored to host a panel discussion with current antitrust enforcers, including Bruce Hoffman, Director of the Bureau of Competition at the United States Federal Trade Commission, and Doha Mekki, Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice. The discussion was moderated by Karen E. Silverman, Partner in the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins LLP.

MS. SILVERMAN: This is quite an honor, truly, and thank you for your interest in the Institute. I think you’re going to find the conversation this afternoon—and we are going to make it a conversation—pretty interesting. We are going to try to get a dialogue going, and we will reserve some time for questions. So, keep track of those because we are going to move through a couple of different categories with our panelists; although, if you think there is something really pressing, certainly we are happy to be interrupted.

We have a gender-balanced panel. So, when I say this is Bruce, you know exactly who I’m talking about. Bruce Hoffman is the Director of the Bureau of Competition at the Federal Trade Commission. Before that, he was in private practice, where we had the pleasure of working together on a couple of matters. Specifically, Bruce was the head of Shearman & Sterling’s Antitrust & Competition Group, which is a global practice. Before that, he was chair of Hunton & Williams’ antitrust practice. He’s been doing this for what I’m going to say is a very long time, because I’ve been doing it a long time. He will tell you and show you that he is a graduate of University of Florida.

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