Biography James Rill

James Rill is one of America's foremost antitrust attorneys. Mr. Rill has served as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, as well as a Chairman of the ABA's Section of Antitrust Law. During his tenure as Assistant Attorney General, he negotiated the U.S.-European Union Antitrust Cooperation Agreement of 1991 and issued the first joint FTC and DOJ Horizontal Merger Guidelines in 1992. He was responsible, moreover, for initiating the largest number of merger challenges in over a decade, including challenges to major bank mergers and airline asset transactions. Mr. Rill has most recently provided counsel to the FTC and the DOJ in connection with the 2010 revision of theHorizontal Merger Guidelines. In 1997, Mr. Rill was appointed by Attorney General Janet Reno and Assistant Attorney General Joel Klein to serve as Co-Chair on the U.S. Department of Justice's International Competition Policy Advisory Committee, with a mandate to recommend future policy initiatives to the Department of Justice. The recommendations in the Committee’s report, submitted in February 2000, are being pursued in the U.S. and overseas. Foremost among these recommendations was the proposal to create a global competition forum that would serve as a mechanism for government competition authorities throughout the world to meet and confer on antitrust issues. This recommendation served as background for what has become the International Competition Network (ICN). Mr. Rill was Chairman of the BIAC representation to the OECD Competition Committee from 2005-2007 and Vice-Chairman from 1993-2005. He currently serves on the ABA Section of Antitrust Law International Task Force and is Vice-Chairman of the Competition Committee of the United States Council for International Business. He has recently been honored by the Global Competition Review and the ABA Section of Antitrust Law with their Lifetime Achievement Awards for his contributions in antitrust.