The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced in a statement that Fried Frank antitrust partner Bernard A. Nigro has been named Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the DOJ's Antitrust Division. In this role, Mr. Nigro will work with a team of attorneys charged with making the final call on policy issues and whether to sue or settle cases. Mr. Nigro officially joined on August 21, 2017.
“On behalf of the Firm, I am pleased to congratulate Barry on this well-deserved honor,” said Firm chairman David J. Greenwald. “I also wish to thank him for his years of service to the Firm and to our Antitrust Department, both of which are stronger today as a result of his leadership.”
Mr. Nigro joined Fried Frank as a partner in 1999 and left in 2003 to serve as the Deputy Director for the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition through 2005. During his tenure, he managed the Bureau's merger and anticompetitive practices investigations and litigation. He additionally supervised and participated in hundreds of matters involving a variety of industries and regularly briefed Congressional offices on antitrust matters.
Mr. Nigro rejoined Fried Frank in 2009 and served as chair of the Firm's Antitrust Department. He played an integral role at the Firm, providing service and results to clients defending their transactions against antitrust risk. In his practice, Mr. Nigro regularly appeared before the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, state attorneys general, and Congressional offices to offer antitrust compliance counseling and training. He was involved in the antitrust clearance of some of the Firm's most important transactions.
Fried Frank has one of the leading global antitrust and competition practices. The Firm represents a wide range of major corporations in high-profile transactions before the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the European Commission, as well as national regulatory authorities throughout Europe and Asia. Together with members of the Firm's Corporate and Litigation Departments, the team provides seamless global coverage from its offices in the United States and Europe. The Antitrust and Competition Practice's efforts are regularly recognized by Chambers in its USA, UK and Global guides, by Legal 500 in its US (first-tier law firm winner for Antitrust-Merger Control) and UK guides, and by Global Competition Review.
A DOJ spokesperson in an official statement has noted: “We are pleased that Barry Nigro has joined the Antitrust Division as Deputy Assistant Attorney General. Barry has demonstrated a talent for leading and supervising antitrust matters during his time in private practice and as Deputy Director of the FTC's Bureau of Competition. He has also contributed to the antitrust bar through his work in the leadership of the ABA's Antitrust Section. His expertise and dedication will be an asset to the Division.”