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Beau BUFFIER, New York State AG: Observations on Twelve months as New York’s antitrust chief

On the anniversary of his appointment to the position of Chief of the Antitrust Bureau at the New York Office of the Attorney General, Michael Weiner from Dechert LLP interviews Beau Buffier about his experiences as an enforcement official, the role of State AGs in antitrust matters and about the priorities for his office over the next few years.

You were appointed chief of the New York Attorney General’s Antitrust Bureau in October 2016 after beginning your career in private practice helping corporations ward off the scrutiny of antitrust agencies. How have you been able to change your approach to that of an antitrust enforcer, and investigate the same types of corporations and conduct that you used to defend? Well, I believe all good defense lawyers heed Sun Tzu’s advice, which I will paraphrase: that in order to win, you need to know your opponent just as well as yourself. So, a good defense lawyer is always trying to get inside the head of the enforcers, anticipating what they will do, what they will ask for, the issues they will zero in on, what tactics they will use, and so on, as well as considering the strengths and

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Michael L. Weiner, Beau W. Buffier, Beau BUFFIER, New York State AG: Observations on Twelve months as New York’s antitrust chief, November 2017, Concurrences Review N° 4-2017, Art. N° 85099, www.concurrences.com

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