Renata Hesse Speaks at DOJ Antitrust Division Workshop on Proposed Vertical Merger Guidelines

March 11, 2020
Washington, D.C

On March 11, Renata Hesse will participate in a workshop jointly hosted by the Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to solicit public dialogue on the proposed vertical merger guidelines announced in January 2020. Renata—who led the Antitrust Division at the Department of Justice twice as Acting Assistant Attorney General and served that division for more than 15 years prior to joining S&C—will appear in the panel, “Former Enforcer and Practitioner Perspectives.” Fellow panelists include Jonathan Jacobson, partner at Wilson Sonsini and past Chair of the Antitrust Division of the American Bar Association; Dr. Robert Majure, Vice President of Cornerstone Research and former Director of Economics for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ); Jonathan Sallet, Senior Fellow at the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, U.S. DOJ; and Craig Waldman, partner at Jones Day and former attorney in the Federal Trade Commission’s Mergers I division.
Makan Delrahim, Head of the DOJ Antitrust Division, will be giving the welcoming address and Christine Wilson, Commissioner of the FTC, will be giving the opening remarks. A second panel will invite public interest and academic perspectives on the Guidelines. These proposed guidelines outline how federal antitrust agencies review and determine whether vertical mergers are in violation of antitrust law, and are intended to assist businesses and antitrust practitioners by providing transparency on antitrust enforcement practices.

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Renata Hesse is a leading antitrust lawyer who is co-head of the Firm’s Antitrust Practice and a member of its Intellectual Property and Technology Litigation Practice. Her practice focuses on antitrust counseling, cartels and merger clearance, with a particular emphasis on the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property matters in high-tech industries. She has been recognized by The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers, Chambers USA for Antitrust, and Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation on its list of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” and as a “Local Litigation Star.”
Renata joined Sullivan & Cromwell following a distinguished career in government. In addition to her abovementioned work at the DOJ, she was also Chief of the Networks and Technology Section (now the Technology and Financial Services Section) and had oversight of the criminal program as the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General. In addition, she served as Senior Counsel to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, where she advised on transactions pending FCC approval.
She is the International Officer of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section and is a frequent speaker at antitrust and legal forums in the USA and abroad. Her latest engagements include participation in a panel on competition law in Brussels and on a panel at the New York State Bar Association’s Antitrust Law and Corporate Counsel Section.