A former Federal Trade Commission official has joined Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in Washington, the firm announced Wednesday.
Matt Reilly, former assistant director of the FTC, joins the firm as a partner in the antitrust practice. Starting in 2007, Reilly served as the head of the commission’s Mergers IV division and conducted investigations involving hospitals, retail and consumer products.
During his 13-year career with the government, he served as the lead litigator on the proposed Whole Foods-Wild Oats merger and the acquisition of Talecris Biotherapeutics Holdings Corp. by CSL Ltd.
“During Matt’s tenure at the FTC, he clearly established himself as an outstanding litigator and our clients globally will benefit greatly from his talent and insight,” Kevin Arquit, head of the antitrust practice, said in a written statement.