Squire Patton Boggs Bolsters Antitrust Practice with Former FTC Lawyer Alicia J. Batts in Washington DC

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    Squire Patton Boggs is pleased to announce that Alicia J. Batts has joined the firm as partner in the Antitrust and Competition Practice, based in Washington DC. Ms. Batts joins from Proskauer.

    An experienced antitrust lawyer, Ms. Batts joins the firm with a well-established practice representing clients in mergers and acquisitions as well as general investigations before federal and state agencies. Her agency and counseling practice includes consumer protection matters before the Federal Trade Commission and state authorities. Her federal antitrust litigation practice spans the full range of antitrust and unfair competition-related litigation, including class actions and competitor suits.

    Ms. Batts has significant experience advising clients on the antitrust aspects of multimillion dollar acquisitions, including most recently, Grifols S.A. in its US$4.1B acquisition of Talecris Biotherapeutics Holdings Corp., as well as Areas Management and the Lonza Group.

    Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Batts served as an Attorney Advisor to Federal Trade Commissioner Mozelle Thompson, for whom she reviewed antitrust actions before the FTC and made recommendations on enforcement and policy matters before the federal antitrust agency.

    “Drawing from her experience as a government antitrust attorney and as a trusted legal and business advisor to high-profile multinational companies, Alicia will bring invaluable insight on issues critical to clients. In particular, she will add significant depth to our experience in the pharmaceutical industry and further strengthen the sophisticated level of services we offer across the firm’s global platform,” said Mark J. Botti, partner and co-head of the Squire Patton Boggs Antitrust and Competition Practice. “We are thrilled to welcome a lawyer of Alicia’s caliber who will have a momentous impact to our team.”

    “With Washington DC as one of the world’s principal seats of antitrust courts and regulatory bodies, our antitrust and competition practice is a major component of and a strategic priority for the firm,” said Michael A. Curto, managing partner of the Squire Patton Boggs Washington DC office. “Alicia’s practice creates a number of important synergies that will enhance our corporate, healthcare, public policy, intellectual property and litigation practices, as well as broaden our capabilities in key jurisdictions.”

    Ms. Batts received her A.B. from Harvard College, and earned her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was the Managing Editor of the Columbia Business Law Review. She is the Vice Chair of the Emerging Issues in Healthcare Law Conference Planning Committee for the American Bar Association. Ms. Batts is also a member of the Board of Directors of the DC Appleseed Foundation and co-chair of its nomination committee.

    “The Squire Patton Boggs Antitrust and Competition practice has a strong national and international presence throughout Europe, Hong Kong and other parts of Asia. Given the diverse nature of my work, I look forward to the opportunity to further develop my practice across the firm’s advanced and integrated platform and contribute to the continued success of the firm,” said Ms. Batts.

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