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Baker Botts has hired 32 antitrust lawyers from Howrey, the US firm that this week voted to dissolve.
The Texan firm has picked up nine partners including the co-chair of Howrey’s antitrust practice group Sean Boland along with two former US assistant attorney generals, James Rill and William Reynolds.
“This is a world-class group of antitrust lawyers with very sophisticated and diverse practices,” said Baker Botts managing partner Walt Smith.
“We’re excited that they decided to make Baker Botts their home, and we plan to grow this practice both in the United States and Europe, and over time in other areas in which we operate, including Asia.”
The team, one of the largest to emanate from the collapse of Howrey, will be based in Baker Botts’ Washington DC office.
The group also features a number of economists, analysts and support staff. Additional lawyers and staff are expected to join Baker Botts soon.