Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez has named Deborah L. Feinstein to serve as Director of the Bureau of Competition with an expected start date of July 1st. Ms. Feinstein will join the agency from private practice where she represents a broad range of companies in merger and acquisition matters, and conduct investigations. From 1989 to 1991, she served as an Assistant to the Bureau of Competition Director, before returning to private practice. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of California at Berkeley.
The Bureau of Competition shares jurisdiction over civil antitrust matters with the Department of Justice Antitrust Division and often works jointly with the Antitrust Division to provide regulatory guidance to businesses. Ms. Feinstein's appointment does not require U.S. Senate confirmation. The head of the Antitrust Division is Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, William Baer, whom the U.S. Senate confirmed on December 30, 2012.