Allen & Overy announces today that John Terzaken, Director of Criminal Enforcement of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Antitrust Division is joining the firm's global antitrust practice as a partner.
This key appointment is in line with the firm's ambition to achieve a position of market leadership as a premier global antitrust law firm.
As part of Allen & Overy's international team of over 100 antitrust lawyers, John will be based in Allen & Overy's Washington, D.C. office where he will lead the cartel defense practice in the United States, advising both U.S. and international clients with U.S. and worldwide interests on antitrust criminal investigations and litigation, in close collaboration with his colleagues in Europe, Asia and Australia.
John brings substantial criminal antitrust experience to Allen & Overy, having presided over numerous high profile global cartel investigations during his tenure at the DOJ including the auto parts, LIBOR, LCD and air cargo investigations. At a time when there is an increased focus on antitrust enforcement around the world, Allen & Overy's clients will benefit significantly from a strengthening of the firm's antitrust presence in the U.S. combined with existing market leading positions in Europe, Asia and Australia. John's appointment will bolster Allen & Overy's ability to represent antitrust defendants in multi-forum cases involving parallel, simultaneous government investigations and multiple civil actions worldwide.
Elaine Johnston, head of the U.S. antitrust practice, said, "John brings a wealth of experience in U.S. criminal antitrust enforcement and his hire is an important step for Allen & Overy's clients and for the development of our flagship practice in Washington, D.C."
Olivier Fréget, head of the global antitrust practice, explained, "We are an established global elite antitrust practice and being joined by a leading global figure such as John further strengthens our ability to service our clients across the three main antitrust hubs in Washington, D.C., Brussels and Beijing."
When asked about his reasons for joining Allen & Overy, John said, "Allen & Overy offers a unique and exciting opportunity, enabling me to play a key role both in the expansion of the U.S. antitrust practice and giving me the potential to tap into the strength of Allen & Overy's significant global network, something which few, if any, other U.S. or global law firms are able to offer."
Allen & Overy also announces that as part of the implementation of its antitrust growth strategy, Brussels-based antitrust partner Michael J. Reynolds will be spending a significant part of his time in Allen & Overy's Washington, D.C. office. Michael advises European, Asian and U.S. companies and his presence in Washington D.C. will accelerate the development and integration of the antitrust practice across Allen & Overy's 40 offices in 28 countries.
Kevin O'Shea, U.S. managing partner, said, "We are excited about the addition of John to our leading global antitrust practice. When we opened our Washington office in July 2011, our ambition was to recruit high-caliber laterals to grow our U.S. practice in key strategic areas to meet our U.S. and global clients' needs. John is a great example of the successful integration of that strategy and we are delighted to welcome him to the firm."
John joined the National Criminal Enforcement Section of the Antitrust Division in June 2004, was appointed Assistant Chief of the Section in November 2008, and appointed Director of Criminal Enforcement in November 2010. As Director, John has had management responsibility for the Antitrust Division’s criminal investigations and litigation nationwide, including: reviewing, approving, and overseeing investigations and prosecutions recommended by the eight DOJ offices responsible for criminal antitrust enforcement, serving as the Antitrust Division’s primary liaison with state, federal, and foreign law enforcement authorities, and serving as the Antitrust Division’s Financial Fraud Coordinator for inter-agency prosecutions, investigations, and information sharing.
John received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from American University.
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