Links scores NY coup with FTC hire

Links scores NY coup with FTC hireLinklaters has recruited Federal Trade Commission (FTC) bureau of competition director Jeff Schmidt for its New York office.

Schmidt, who is a senior antitrust official with a specialism in civil enforcement, will join the magic circle firm’s competition practice as a partner in October after just over two years as the FTC competition director.

Linklaters’ New York senior partner Paul Wickes (pictured) said Schmidt’s experience at the FTC will bring a new dimension to Linklaters antitrust capabilities.

The magic circle firm’s competition and antitrust chief Gerwin van Gerven added: “As competition enforcement is increasingly coordinated globally among the major agencies, Jeff’s insider’s view from one of the world’s leading antitrust jurisdictions will be of great assistance to our clients.”

Schmidt began his legal career with 15 years at West Coast headquartered firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, where he became managing partner of the firm’s Washington office.

In 2001, Schmidt assumed the position of chief legal officer and chief administrative officer at Transora, an electronic data synchronization firm formed by consumer packaged goods manufacturers, before returning to Pillsbury in 2003.

Schmidt served as the FTC’s deputy director of the bureau of competition from February 2005 before taking over from Susan Creighton as director.

The Linklaters New York competition group that Schmidt will join is part of a global operation of more than 120 competition fee-earners who work across the US, Europe, South America and Asia. In relation to New York, Schmidt joins a team of more than 140 lawyers, including 32 partners.