AAG Varney to Cravath

Josh Wright —  6 July 2011

Of likely interest to many of our readers (HT: WSJ):

Christine Varney, the U.S. government’s chief antitrust regulator, is expected to join New York law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP as a partner later this year, people familiar with the matter said.  Ms. Varney was appointed assistant attorney general for the antitrust division in 2009, and had been at Hogan & Hartson LLP, focusing on the firm’s antitrust and Internet practices.  At Cravath, Ms. Varney will work on antitrust issues related to merger-and-acquisition transactions, the people said.

Former Cravath partner Katherine Forrest worked under Ms. Varney at the Justice Department beginning last October. Ms. Forrest is slated to become a federal judge in the Southern District of New York court.

Cravath is one of the top M&A law firms in New York, working on deals such as the $3 billion sale of retailer J. Crew to a group of private-equity firms including TPG Capital and last year’s merger between Continental Airlines and United Airlines.