Antitrust attorneys expect the Federal Trade Commission’s next competition chief, Richard Parker, to continue to drive an aggressive antitrust program at the agency.

While that is not necessary welcome news for corporate executives, attorneys are hopeful that Mr. Parker’s approach could be. Since he is newer to the agency than William Baer, the current director of the Commission’s competition bureau, attorneys hope that Mr. Parker may be more willing to set his own course than Mr. Baer has been.