Mofo boosts antitrust team with senior DoJ hire

Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has boosted its antitrust practice with the hire of a senior Department of Justice lawyer.

Roger Fones, former chief of the US Department of Justice’s transportation, energy & agriculture section of the antitrust division, will join the firm’s Washington DC office.

As well as Fones, Rony Gerrits and Jonathan Gowdy, associates at the firm’s Brussels and Washington DC offices respectively, were elected to the partnership.

Fones spent more than 25 years with the Department of Justice’s antitrust division. He brings particular experience in antitrust issues affecting airlines and electric utilities.

Gerrits’ practice focuses on EU antitrust law, including merger filings, cartels and abuse of dominance. He also advises companies on the implications of US antitrust law, in particular criminal price-fixing.

Gowdy acts on federal, state and international antitrust matters, especially for clients in technology, life sciences and financial services.

Stephen Smith, co-chair of Mofo’s antitrust and competition law practice group said: “The firm’s antitrust work has been expanding markedly, as the pace of M&A activity and international alliances, as well as the number of antitrust challenges to business practices, have increased.”