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INTERVIEW : PROCUREUR GÉNÉRAL DE L’ÉTAT - APPLICATION DES RÈGLES DE CONCURRENCE - ENQUÊTES - COOPÉRATION ENTRE LES INSTITUTIONS ÉTATIQUES ET FÉDÉRALES

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

Pour l’anniversaire de sa nomination au poste de Directeur du département concurrence du bureau new-yorkais du Procureur Général de l’Etat de New York, Michael Weiner, associé du cabinet Dechert LLP, interviewe Beau Buffier sur son expérience en tant que responsable de l’application du droit de la concurrence, le rôle des procureurs généraux d’Etat en matière de concurrence et les priorités de son département pour les prochaines années.

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° 85100, www.concurrences.com

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