Antitrust Law Daily Tara Koslov’s appointment as FTC Bureau of Competition Deputy Director now official
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Monday, August 24, 2020

Tara Koslov’s appointment as FTC Bureau of Competition Deputy Director now official

By Jeffrey May, J.D.

Long-time FTC veteran was named acting deputy director in March.

Tara Isa Koslov has been officially appointed to serve as a Deputy Director of the FTC Bureau of Competition. The long-time FTC veteran has been serving in that position in an acting capacity since March. Prior to that, Koslov was the Chief of Staff for Chairman Joe Simons from May 2018 through March 2020.

In her role as Deputy Director, Koslov oversees the Bureau’s Compliance Division, Premerger Notification Office, and Office of Policy and Coordination, as well as the administrative backbone of the Bureau including the Operations and Litigation Support Division, Office of Technology and Information Management, and Honors Paralegal Program. She also handles various enforcement and policy matters in the Bureau, drawing on her extensive agency experience and deep knowledge of antitrust law, according to the agency’s announcement.

Recent changes at the Bureau of Competition. Last December, Ian Conner assumed the position of FTC Bureau of Competition Director, succeeding D. Bruce Hoffman. Hoffman had served in that role for more than two years. Since his departure, Hoffman has joined Cleary Gottlieb.

Around the same time as Hoffman’s departure, Marian Bruno, one of the three deputy directors, announced his retirement. Daniel Francis and Gail Levine are the other two current deputies.

Francis oversees the Mergers III, Mergers IV, and Anticompetitive Practices Divisions, as well as competition matters in the Northwestern and Western Regional Offices.

Levine, who has served as a deputy since October 2018, oversee the Mergers I, Mergers II, Healthcare and Technology Enforcement Divisions, as well as competition matters in the Northeast Regional Office.

Attorneys: D. Bruce Hoffman (Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP).

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