Former Chief of Staff brings expertise in merger control
Creighton Macy, a highly regarded former antitrust enforcer with the US Department of Justice, will join Baker McKenzie's Global Antitrust and Competition Practice as a Partner in Washington, DC.
Creighton most recently served as Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel in the DOJ's Antitrust Division, working as a senior advisor to the Acting Assistant Attorney General on civil and criminal antitrust enforcement and policy matters, as well as budget and personnel issues. During Creighton’s time at the DOJ, the Antitrust Division undertook a substantial volume of high-profile civil and criminal matters.
"Our antitrust practice is a market leader for one-stop shop efficient global merger control, no matter how complex the deal," said Fiona Carlin, Chair of Baker McKenzie's Global Antitrust Practice Group in Brussels. "Creighton's arrival strengthens our excellent team in Washington and reflects the increasing volume of high quality work being discharged there."
Creighton began his career as a Trial Attorney in the Litigation III and Transportation, Energy and Agriculture sections at the Antirust Division, working on a number of notable merger and civil non-merger matters. In 2010 he joined Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice encompassed a broad spectrum of antitrust matters, including mergers and acquisitions, investigations by the DOJ and Federal Trade Commission, among other antitrust enforcement bodies, and counseling on issues such as antitrust compliance. He rejoined the DOJ in 2016 as the Antitrust Division’s Chief of Staff.
"I have worked with Creighton in many contexts for years, and know first hand how privileged we are to add such a highly regarded, rising antitrust star to our team," said Mark Hamer, Chair of Baker McKenzie's North America Antitrust & Competition Practice. "Creighton's deep antitrust expertise on both mergers and cartels will add value for our clients immediately."
Added Mark Taylor, Chair of the Firm's North America Litigation & Government Enforcement Practice, "Creighton's merger control expertise and deep knowledge of innovative industries adds to our bench strength in Washington, and is in line with the Firm's strategic growth plans in the North America M&A space."
Creighton received his BA and JD from Marquette University.
"I am honored to join Baker McKenzie's distinguished global antitrust practice," Creighton said. "The Firm's unmatched global platform and impressive expansion throughout North America convinced me that this is the place to be. I look forward to working with the team to deliver top-tier service for our clients.”
Creighton is the latest in a series of prominent attorneys with DOJ antitrust experience to join Baker McKenzie. In recent months, the Firm added Mark Hamer, a former senior Antitrust Division Trial Attorney with extensive antitrust litigation experience, as well as former Antitrust Division Assistant Chief Craig Lee, a leading cartel specialist. Other recent government hires include Canadian Attorney General Peter MacKay and former Assistant US Attorney and Chief of the Criminal Division in the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California, David Callaway.
"We are focused on expanding our capabilities throughout North America by adding leading practitioners to our team," said Rick Hammett, Baker McKenzie's North America Managing Partner. "Creighton brings valuable experience from his time with the government and in private practice, which will be a significant asset to many of our clients."
Overall, Baker McKenzie has added more than 40 lateral partners in North America in the last two years across every market and practice group, as it further strengthens its capabilities in the US and Canada.
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Baker McKenzie's Global Antitrust and Competition practice is the largest in the world, made up of more than 300 antitrust lawyers and professionals operating as a seamless global team spanning 47 countries. With deep knowledge of procedural rules and legal systems around the world, the practice helps clients navigate shifting antitrust and competition policies and implement complex cross-border compliance strategies.
The practice is ranked in Chambers Global, and Global Competition Review has ranked Baker McKenzie among the Top 5 in its Global Elite list for the last two consecutive years. The Financial Times recognized the practice in its 2015 Innovative Lawyer Awards for its unique Global Merger Analysis Platform, and Global Investigations Review recently ranked Baker McKenzie No. 4 in the GIR 30, its list of the best investigations practices in the world. GIR also named the Firm to its list of "Elite" FCPA practices in Washington, DC.