Hogan Lovells announced today that Edith Ramirez, the former Chairwoman of the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), has joined the firm as a partner and will play an active role in Hogan Lovells’ Privacy and Cybersecurity practice. She will also co-head the firm’s Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation (ACER) practice.
Ramirez will co-lead the global antitrust practice alongside Suyong Kim who is based in London. Ramirez will be based in Washington, DC and Los Angeles.
Ramirez joined the FTC as a Commissioner in April 2010 and served as FTC Chairwoman from March 2013 to January 2017.
“Having completed a very successful tenure as Commissioner and then as Chairwoman of the FTC, Edith will be a valuable and strategic resource for our clients,” said Steve Immelt, CEO of Hogan Lovells. “We are delighted to have such a preeminent expert join the firm.”
“Edith has been a strong presence in the international competition and privacy arena,” said Suyong Kim, ACER co-head. “Her exceptional experience in policy and enforcement in the areas of antitrust and privacy will marry well with our world class global teams in both areas.”
At the FTC, Ramirez focused on promoting competition, particularly in the technology and healthcare sectors, safeguarding consumer privacy and data security, and protecting vulnerable communities from deceptive and unfair practices.
“Edith guided the FTC through a period of significant activity in the areas of cybersecurity and consumer privacy,” said Marcy Wilder, head of Hogan Lovells’ Privacy and Cybersecurity practice. “We are excited that Edith is joining us. She is uniquely qualified to provide leadership on data protection and cybersecurity matters, and will be a driving force in our market-leading global practice.”
At the FTC, Ramirez conferred regularly with corporate leaders and key policy makers and joined discussions with antitrust enforcers and privacy and data protection regulators from all over the world. She also participated in negotiations to create a new data transfer regime and mechanisms for trans-Atlantic data sharing between the United States and the European Union.
“I look forward to returning to private practice and to assisting companies as they navigate competition, privacy and data security issues in the US and around the world,” said Ramirez. “I see a great opportunity to serve clients through working with my new colleagues across the firm’s deep international bench.”
Prior to joining the FTC, Ramirez was a litigation partner in a prominent Los Angeles law firm.
Ramirez earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School cum laude, and B.A. in History magna cum laude from Harvard University.
Hogan Lovells’ award-winning antitrust practice includes more than 135 lawyers in 18 countries who operate as an integrated team handling all aspects of antitrust law. It is recognized as one of the elite antitrust groups in the world, with a top-10 position in mergers, cartels and litigation.
The Hogan Lovells Privacy and Cybersecurity practice area includes more than 80 lawyers in 16 countries and is recognized by clients and ratings organizations as a leading practice in the world. In 2017, the practice was selected by Chambers for the second time in three years as “Privacy Practice of the Year.”