Former DOJ Antitrust Chief Joe Wayland Returns to Simpson Thacher

  Former DOJ Antitrust Chief Joe Wayland Returns to Simpson Thacher

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NEW YORK -- November 19, 2012

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP announced today that Joe Wayland has returned
to the Firm as a Partner in the Litigation Practice. Mr. Wayland most recently
served as the Acting Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Department of
Justice’s Antitrust Division, where he oversaw all of the Division’s criminal
and civil matters and led the Division in achieving several major litigation

Mr. Wayland joined the Department of Justice (DOJ) in 2010 as the Deputy
Assistant Attorney General for Civil Enforcement in the Antitrust Division and
he was named acting head of the Antitrust Division in April 2012. During his
tenure at the DOJ, Mr. Wayland served as the Division’s chief trial counsel
and led several significant merger challenges on behalf of the government,
including H&R Block’s proposed merger with TaxAct, which was the agency’s
first successful litigation challenge to a merger in eight years. Mr. Wayland
also led the trial team that challenged AT&T’s proposed $39 billion purchase
of T-Mobile USA, which was abandoned after four months of litigation. As the
acting head of the Division, Mr. Wayland led new policy initiatives directed
at potential patent misuse and competition issues arising from health care
consolidation. He also led the Division’s negotiations and discussions with
foreign competition authorities, including all of the major agencies in
Europe, Asia and Latin America.

“We are pleased to welcome Joe back to the Firm and to our outstanding
antitrust practice group,” said Pete Ruegger, Chairman of Simpson Thacher’s
Executive Committee. “Joe’s valuable government experience and achievements
will be an asset to our clients and also complement the deep public sector
experience of our antitrust team.”

“Joe offers a depth of remarkable trial experience, both on behalf of the
government and in private practice, which will greatly benefit our clients
facing potential challenges to their mergers and acquisitions,” added Kevin
Arquit, Head of Simpson Thacher’s Antitrust Practice.

Mr. Wayland joined Simpson Thacher in 1988 and became a partner in 1994. Prior
to joining the Firm, he served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force following
his graduation from Columbia Law School in 1983. During his time at Simpson
Thacher, he represented clients in an array of criminal and civil matters,
including monopoly abuse cases, international cartel investigations and
alleged anticompetitive conduct. In recognition of his trial skills, he was
elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2009.

“I am happy to once again be a part of Simpson Thacher’s highly-regarded
antitrust team,” said Mr. Wayland. “The opportunity to serve the government in
a senior capacity provided me with unparalleled opportunities and a wealth of
knowledge that I hope will serve our clients well as they face new and
evolving enforcement and consumer protection initiatives.”

Simpson Thacher’s antitrust team has earned a long track record of achieving
regulatory clearance for the largest and most complex mergers and acquisitions
in history. The Firm offers unparalleled global experience in every facet of
antitrust practice — from complex mergers and acquisitions that require
clearance from multiple competition authorities to high stakes litigations and
government investigations. The Firm’s antitrust lawyers represent clients
globally in a wide range of industries including, among others, finance,
telecommunications, online applications and advertising, business application
software, entertainment and media, automotive, healthcare, insurance,
pharmaceuticals, chemicals, utilities, heavy manufacturing, transportation,
residential and industrial products, and defense.


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