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William Baer, director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Competition Bureau, announced his resignation from the commission last week, but he will not consider employment opportunities until after he leaves his post in September. “If I were to consider offers from firms with matters before the commission, I would have to recuse myself,” says the former Arnold & Porter partner. But while Baer may not be looking for work, D.C. firms have their eye on him. “I think he’ll be a very sought-after commodity,” says Mary Lou Steptoe, Baer’s predecessor at the bureau and now partner at Skadden’s D.C. office. Another former bureau member, Owen Johnson Jr., of Akin Gump, adds, “It’s generally assumed that he would be going back to Arnold & Porter. Of course, he might surprise us all. With the year 2000 elections coming up, he may have other prospects.”

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