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August 26, 2016
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has announced the formation of a bi-partisan, independent group of leading antitrust and competition experts, which will be co-chaired by Covington’s Deborah Garza and Sidley’s Andrew Shoyer. The group will consider the challenges presented by globally divergent approaches to antitrust and the interplay between competition policy and trade policy. After deliberation, the group is expected to issue recommendations for how the United States should approach these challenges.
“Antitrust around the world has become incredibly complex, at times appears to be used as a tool of industrial policy, and in many jurisdictions there are serious transparency and due process shortcomings” said Myron Brilliant, executive vice president and head of International Affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “It is our hope that this group can shed light on practicable and actionable steps forward that will serve to advance sound trade and competition policy.”
“I am honored to be part of this important effort and look forward to working with this impressive, bi-partisan group of experts to help advise the incoming Administration and Congress on meeting the important challenges identified by the Chamber,” said Ms. Garza.
Ms. Garza, who co-chairs Covington’s Antitrust and Competition Law Practice Group, practices in all areas of antitrust law, counseling clients on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, distribution practices, and complex litigation and in civil and criminal government investigations before state and federal enforcement agencies. Ms. Garza has previously served in various leadership roles within the antitrust bar, including as Chair of the Antitrust Modernization Commission and, prior to her return to Covington, as Acting Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice.
To read more about the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s antitrust group, click here.