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Ireland Taps Covington’s Calkins For Competition Authority

November 18, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC, November 18, 2011 — Ireland has appointed Stephen Calkins, a widely respected of counsel with Covington & Burling’s antitrust practice, to lead the Mergers Division of its Competition Authority.

“I am delighted that such highly qualified personnel have agreed to serve as members of the Competition Authority,” said Richard Bruton, Ireland’s minister for jobs, enterprise and innovation, in announcing the appointment of Mr. Calkins and two others to the authority. The authority oversees and enforces Irish and European competition law and will be merging with Ireland’s National Consumer Agency.

Mr. Calkins is one of the nation’s best known and highly regarded writers and speakers on antitrust and consumer law. The former general counsel of the Federal Trade Commission, he has played an important role in the firm’s antitrust and consumer law practice since 1998, while also serving as associate vice president and professor of law at Wayne State University Law School.

“I am looking forward to doing my very best to contribute to Ireland’s competition and consumer protection law and policy,” said Mr. Calkins, who assumes his new position on December 1st. “That effort will be aided by my experience at Covington, which has provided invaluable insight into the functioning of major corporations and a leading global law firm. More than anything else, however, Covington has taught me always to strive for excellence in everything I do—a commitment that will serve me as well in Ireland as it has in the United States.”

The two other appointments to the authority are: Gerald FitzGerald, who has been at the authority in an acting role since July 2010, and Patrick Kenny, an economist at ComReg, Ireland’s communications regulator.

Tom Barnett and Deborah Garza, co-chairs of the firm’s global antitrust and consumer law practice group, praised Mr. Calkins’ 13-year tenure at the firm and wished him success in his new role.

“Ireland certainly gains by having someone of Steve’s caliber in this role,” Mr. Barnett and Ms. Garza said. “Steve brings a lot to the table given his deep experience as an enforcer and in advising American and European companies on how to comply with antitrust laws throughout the world.”

Covington’s global antitrust practice and its lawyers are widely recognized for their excellence, including rankings in Global Competition Review, Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Chambers USA, Legal 500 EMEA, Legal 500 USA and PLC.

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