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A Conversation with Commissioner Noah J. Phillips – Hot Topics in FTC Healthcare Enforcement

Start Date: 10/21/2020

Start Time: 11:00 AM (EDT) / 16:00 PM (BST)

Duration:60 minutes

Description:

Partners Mike Cowie and James Fishkin sit down with guest speaker FTC Commissioner Noah J. Phillips to discuss the latest developments in healthcare enforcement. In this Q&A, the trio will discuss:

• The FTC’s recent monopolization enforcement actions
• Merger enforcement in the healthcare and pharma spaces
• FTC healthcare policy and competition advocacy efforts




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Speakers

Commissioner Noah Joshua Phillips

Federal Trade Commission

Following his nomination by President Donald J. Trump and unanimous confirmation by the United States Senate, Noah Joshua Phillips was sworn in as a Commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission on May 2, 2018. Before coming to the FTC, Phillips served as Chief Counsel to U.S. Senator John Cornyn, of Texas, on the Senate Judiciary Committee. From 2011 to 2018, he advised Senator Cornyn on legal and policy matters including antitrust, constitutional law, consumer privacy, fraud, and intellectual property. Prior to his Senate service, Phillips worked as a litigator at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, in New York City, and Steptoe & Johnson LLP, in Washington, D.C. Phillips began his career at Wasserstein Perella & Co., an investment bank in New York City. Phillips received his A.B. from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Mike Cowie

Partner

Dechert LLP

Mike Cowie, Co-Chair of Dechert's global antitrust/competition group, has handled high-profile, strategic projects for some of the world’s largest and most successful companies. His advice builds upon insights gained while directing antitrust investigations for the government. In 2018, the National Law Journal recognized him as a Trailblazer and in 2019 the Financial Times honored him for achieving some of the most complex antitrust approvals. Mr. Cowie served in the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition as Assistant Director, where he managed a 25-attorney team responsible for antitrust merger investigations. Mr. Cowie earlier served as the FTC’s Senior Litigation Counsel responsible for leading the Commission’s antitrust litigation. The FTC awarded Mr. Cowie several honors, including the FTC’s Meritorious Service and Superior Service awards, and selected him to represent the FTC in its Merger Investigation Best Practices Initiative.

James Fishkin

Partner

Dechert

James A. Fishkin combines both government and private sector experience within his practice, which focuses on mergers and acquisitions covering a wide range of industries, including supermarket chains and other retailers, consumer and food product manufacturers, internet-based firms, chemical and industrial gas firms, and healthcare firms. He has been a key participant in several of the most significant litigated antitrust cases in the last two decades that have set important precedents, including representing Whole Foods Market, Inc. in FTC v. Whole Foods Market, Inc. and the Federal Trade Commission in FTC v. Staples, Inc. and FTC v. H.J. Heinz Co. Mr. Fishkin has also played key roles in securing unconditional clearances for many high-profile mergers, including the merger of OfficeMax/Office Depot and Monster/HotJobs, and approval for other high-profile mergers after obtaining successful settlements, including the merger of Albertsons/Safeway. He also served as the court-appointed Divestiture Trustee on behalf of the Department of Justice in the Grupo Bimbo/Sara Lee bread merger.
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