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Gibson Dunn Recruits Former US Antitrust Crime Chief Scott Hammond

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP announced on Wednesday that Scott Hammond the former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Criminal Enforcement in the US Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, is joining the firm as a partner. Hammond, who worked for 25 years at the DOJ will be focusing on international cartel and criminal antitrust matters at Gibson Dunn. He will be working from the Washington office of the firm.

Hammond has been a pioneer in showing leniency to international cartels to reward voluntary disclosures, and is considered as a founding figure of the DOJ’s leniency program that helps cartel lords avoid criminal conviction upon owning up by themselves.

Hammond joins his predecessor Gary Spratling at Gibson Dunn, who was the DAAG for Criminal Enforcement when Hammond served as senior counsel. Hammond’s addition would strengthen Gibson Dunn’s global antitrust team which includes other international experts like Ali Nikpay, who was the Senior Director for Cartels and Criminal Enforcement at UK’s Office of Fair Trading.

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Ken Doran, the Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn said about Hammond, “He is universally respected by leading competition authorities and practitioners alike, and as such, he will be well-positioned to work with our clients on global investigations and compliance matters.”

Spratling, Hammond’s former boss at the DOJ, said, “Scott is a long-standing leader of global cartel investigations and prosecutions, and his addition will ensure that Gibson Dunn will continue to be the ‘go-to’ firm for cartel defense work.”

Commenting on Hammond’s work at the DOJ, Spratling said, he was the first to establish “ a model enforcement program that is being replicated around the world,” and that he had been “a leading force in facilitating international cooperation among antitrust authorities globally.”

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