As law firms turn to government alums, Paul Weiss adds an antitrust lawyer

As law firms turn to government alums, Paul Weiss adds an antitrust lawyer ...

  • Joshua Soven joins Paul Weiss from Wilson Sonsini in Washington
  • Soven has advised Deutsche Telekom, LinkedIn, Marriott
  • Previously worked at DOJ, FTC

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison have announced Tuesday that they have hired Joshua Soven, an antitrust lawyer who represented Deutsche Telekom AG in its $26 billion merger with Sprint Corp.

From Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, he joins the litigation division of the New York-founded law firm.

Soven advises firms in the regulatory review of agreements and investigations before the US Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, according to the 1,000-lawyer firm. He also advises against antitrust litigation and competition issues.

He represented LinkedIn Corp in its to Microsoft Corp. He also advised Grubhub Inc in its recent by Just Eat Takeaway.com and Marriott International Inc in its $13 billion Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc, according to Paul Weiss.

In recent months, other large law firms, including, and, have expanded their antitrust teams.

Several of the firms have turned to lawyers with years of experience working at the Justice Department or the Federal Trade Commission.

"The focus on antitrust enforcement," in the United States and globally, has never been extended, according to Soven.

According to Paul Weiss, Soven previously worked at both agencies and was the head of the Litigation I section of the Department of Justice's antitrust division.

Soven said he will continue working with technology clients as he did at Wilson Sonsini, but he will have the opportunity at Paul Weiss to work with clients in other industries he handled while in the government, including pharmaceuticals and energy.

Wilson Sonsini's spokesperson said the firm wished him well.

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Sara Merken talks about privacy and data security as well as the law industry, including legal innovation and key players in the legal services industry. She can be reached by email at sara.merken@thomsonreuters.com.

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