Baker McKenzie announced today two leadership appointments in its premier Antitrust & Competition Practice. First, Washington, DC-based partner Mark Hamer has been appointed chair of the Global Antitrust & Competition Practice. Mark previously served as chair of the North America Antitrust & Competition Practice and as a member of the Firm’s Global Antitrust Steering Committee. Second, Creighton Macy, a partner also based in Washington, DC, has been appointed to serve as the group's North America chair.
For two decades, Mark has represented clients in antitrust litigation, civil and criminal investigations by antitrust enforcers, and in merger clearance matters. Creighton also represents clients in a wide variety of complex antitrust matters, including mergers and acquisitions, antitrust agency investigations, antitrust litigation, and antitrust counselling and compliance. Previously, both Mark and Creighton served as trial attorneys in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and immediately before joining Baker in 2017, Creighton served as its chief of staff and senior counsel.
As Global Chair, Mark will lead the largest Antitrust & Competition practice in the world with over 300 practitioners across 60 offices in 43 countries globally. The award-winning team is ranked by Chambers among the top global competition practices, and as a Top 5 Global Elite competition practice by Global Competition Review for five years in a row. Over the past year, among other matters, Baker McKenzie's antitrust team has advised Brookfield Capital Partners in its USD 13 billion acquisition of the Johnson Controls power unit business, Hitachi on its USD 11 billion acquisition of the power grids business of ABB, Gebr. Knauf KG on its USD 7 billion acquisition of USG Corporation, and Galapagos on its USD 5 billion collaboration with Gilead. In antitrust conduct matters, Baker's team has recently represented clients in the EU's Forex cartel investigation, in the trial of the first case ever brought by the Hong Kong Competition Commission, and in the railway industry no-poach class action litigation in the U.S.
Michael Santa Maria of Baker McKenzie’s Executive Committee remarked: “Mark and Creighton have helped grow our North America antitrust practice substantially over the last few years. Mark will bring that same strategic vision and energy to his new role as we continue to expand our premier global antitrust practice, and we know Creighton will bring great energy and enthusiasm to his new role in North America.”
"I’m privileged to be a part of this exceptional antitrust team, and I look forward to serving the group in this new capacity," said Mark. "Antitrust risks are increasingly global, and the approaches of antitrust enforcers across jurisdictions can differ substantially. Our unparalleled platform, combining global breadth of coverage with local depth of expertise, positions us well to help our clients navigate these risks."Creighton added, "I am honored and excited to continue to build on the antitrust team’s successful growth in North America, and to work with Mark and the global leadership to continue expanding our premier antitrust practice to meet client demand.”