Renata Hesse (Acting Assistant Attorney General): Protecting the competitive process

In this interview with Acting Assistant Attorney General Renata Hesse, she explains how she has taken over the helm of the Antitrust Division at a time when its enforcement activities have been quite successful and are continuing at a high level of intensity. Her objectives in her leadership role are to keep up the Division’s strong record of enforcement and its focus on protecting competition and consumers and to maintain the strengths of the Division’s career employees, who are the core of the Division. In this interview she explains how the updated intellectual property guidelines cope with challenging issues of standard essential patents and related matters. The interview ends with Acting AAG Hesse offering several reasons – including increased skepticism about proposed remedies – why the Antitrust Division has been litigating more frequently to block anticompetitive mergers in recent years.

Interview conducted by John M. Taladay, Baker Botts, Washington, DC.

Congratulations on your appointment to serve as the head of the Antitrust Division, which was announced in April. What are your enforcement priorities, and are they any different than those of your predecessor in heading the Division, Bill Baer? My priorities are to keep antitrust enforcement going strong and – when I have to leave the Antitrust Division – to leave it in great shape. I am very proud of the hard work that the Division is doing. Our criminal work – in real estate, auto parts, and the financial sector, just to name a few parts of the economy it protects – continues to be outstanding. We achieved record fines in 2014 and 2015, and we are currently preparing to go to trial in at least ten criminal cases. And things have never been busier on the civil side – at the moment we

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  • Sullivan & Cromwell (Washington)
  • Baker Botts (Washington)


Renata B. Hesse, John M. Taladay, Renata Hesse (Acting Assistant Attorney General): Protecting the competitive process , November 2016, Concurrences Nº 4-2016, Art. N° 81392,

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