June 7, 2004 – LAWFUEL – Clifford Chance US LLP announced today that…

June 7, 2004 – LAWFUEL – Clifford Chance US LLP announced today that James Hart Holden will join the firm’s Antitrust practice as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office. For the past 14 years, Mr. Holden has worked at the Federal Trade Commission, where he most recently served as Deputy Assistant Director for the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, Mergers I Division.

“Hart is a very experienced attorney and his years with the FTC and his perspective on government regulatory concerns and processes will certainly enhance the firm’s ability to handle competition and other complex antitrust issues,” said John Carroll, Clifford Chance’s Managing Partner for the Americas Region. “His expertise will benefit clients enormously, and I am delighted to welcome him to Clifford Chance.”

While at the Federal Trade Commission, Mr. Holden was lead counsel on dozens of antitrust cases and investigations involving a broad range of antitrust issues in numerous industries, including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, defense, industrial products and utilities. Mr. Holden earned his J.D., with distinction, from University of Oklahoma College of Law, and his B.A. from Westminster College in Missouri.

Simon Baxter, the leader of the firm’s European Competition and Regulation Group, said: “Having Hart in the US really strengthens our global antitrust capability. We already have a strong international network of competition lawyers but, with his FTC background, Hart is a significant addition to our team. We are looking forward to working with him.”

“I am excited to join the Clifford Chance team,” Mr. Holden said. “The firm’s global antitrust practice and U.S. competition practice blend well with my background and expertise. M&A transactions have become increasingly global in nature, and the firm’s network of attorneys across all practice areas makes Clifford Chance an excellent fit.”

Clifford Chance’s global Antitrust regulatory and trial practice has been at the forefront of policy and procedure for many years. The firm represents clients with respect to diverse issues such as mergers, state action, predatory pricing and monopolization. In addition, Clifford Chance advises on a host of other antitrust-related matters, including government investigations, private litigation, and compliance issues. The firm’s global Antitrust practice is regarded as a leading competition practice by Global Competition Review.

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