BARRY HAWK: Good morning.. I’d like to welcome you to the 38th
Fordham Conference on International Antitrust.
Those of you who have been here before know that what I now do is
immediately turn the program over, because you didn’t come here to hear
me make introductions. I’m going to turn the program over to one of my
oldest and deepest friends, Paul Victor, who has chaired the first session
for many years.
Without further ado, it’s a real pleasure to turn the morning over to
PAUL VICTOR: Thank you very much. I’m actually going to sit,
since we don’t have the usual crowd of six people to introduce. Instead,
we have one special guest to introduce.
This is going to be her maiden speech as the newly appointed Acting
Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division. Without
further ado, I would like to turn the podium over to Sharis Pozen.
SHARIS POZEN: [For Sharis Pozen’s speech, see Chapter 1]
PAUL VICTOR: Thank you very much for those remarks.
Sticking for a moment with your subject, there are a lot of folks here
who are not U.S. lawyers, but come from other jurisdictions. Can you give
us a sense of roughly what percentage of the lawyers at the Division focus
on civil non-merger enforcement activities and just a little bit on how that’s
organized within the Division?
SHARIS POZEN: Sure. There are different ways to organize an
institution when you are dealing with mergers and non-mergers. Then we
have a criminal program on top of that. We have six litigation sections.
Within those litigation sections, they do both merger and non-merger
work. We also have the Office of Legal Policy which provides great
support to those litigation sections, especially on the civil non-merger
matters. We also have an appellate section that provides support. They
can anticipate issues that may come up as we go through the court system.
So in terms of the exact percentages, Paul, I don’t think I can give you
that, but I can tell you that within our litigation divisions this is a good
Barry E. Hawk, Sharis A. Pozen, A. Paul Victor