King & Spalding has hired WENDY HUANG WASZMER—former assistant chief of the U.S. Department of Justice’s antitrust division—as a partner in New York, where she will play a major role in the development of the firm’s antitrust practice.

Waszmer says she chose King & Spalding because of its experience in criminal and antitrust work, as well as its long history of hiring former prosecutors. In February, the firm brought back Gary Grindler following his stints as the Justice Department’s acting deputy attorney general and chief of staff to Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. Ross Nadel, a federal prosecutor who had worked in the U.S. attorney’s offices in both the northern and eastern Districts of California, also returned to King & Spalding in 2010, while former Justice Department attorney Alexander Haas joined the firm’s Washington, D.C., office in 2011.

In returning to private practice—Waszmer was an associate at Hogan Lovells predecessor firm Hogan & Hartson between 2001 and 2003—the newly minted King & Spalding partner says she sees an opportunity to broaden her practice area beyond antitrust work and work with litigators on other financial matters. "I think there is definitely a lot of business development that I will be doing with the antirust group in Washington, D.C., as well as the white-collar practice in New York," she says.

While at the Justice Department, Waszmer supervised a team of 40 people and led a number of investigations, including a case in 2012 involving three Wall Street executives that became the subject of a lengthy Rolling Stone article.

In other Churn news…

ANDREA CHAMBERS, former of counsel at Foley & Lardner, is now a member of Ballard Spahr’s partnership, practicing with the energy and project finance group in Washington, D.C. Chambers typically represents clients in the energy industry on a wide range of policy, regulatory, and compliance matters.

RICHARD HERTLING is the latest addition to Covington & Burling’s public policy and government affairs practice, as reported by sibling publication The Blog of Legal Times. The former staff director and chief counsel of the House Judiciary Committee joining Covington’s Washington, D.C., office as of counsel.

After more than 15 years at the Securities and Exchange Commission, MARC FAGEL is returning to private practice as a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s San Francisco office. A former director of the SEC’s San Francisco regional office, Fagel joins Gibson Dunn’s securities enforcement practice. Also jumping to Gibson Dunn: ALI NIKPAY, who will lead the firm’s antitrust and competition practice when he joins as a partner as of April 15. The London-based Nikpay—who previously served as senior director at the Office of Fair Trading, the U.K.’s competition authority—will work closely with Gibson Dunn’s offices in Brussels and the United States.

Boston-based real estate attorney SCOTT COOPER returns to Hinckley, Allen & Snyder as a partner after heading Holland & Knight’s real estate practice. Cooper’s focuses his practice on the representation of financial institutions in commercial real estate financing transactions.

Meanwhile, Holland & Knight has absorbed Dubai-based Agha & Co, launched by OLIVER AGHA in 2010 as a boutique Islamic finance firm. Agha, who joins Holland & Knight as a partner, brings along four associates to help him bolster his new firm’s banking and finance, infrastructure, and real estate capabilities. Agha will lead the firm’s Islamic finance, Middle East and North Africa practices.

The Palo Alto office of K&L Gates welcomes new partner LINDA ZHOU, who will work with the firm’s emerging growth and venture capital practice. Previously a senior associate with Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, Zhou specializes in the consumer Internet, software, telecommunications, and entertainment technology industries.

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo has added two members to its product liability and life sciences capabilities. MICHELLE GILLETTE and DANIEL HERLING will be based in the firm’s San Francisco office and will work with clients in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Both were formerly with Keller and Heckman, with Herling serving as a partner and Gillette as counsel.

KENJI TANEDA has lateraled from the Tokyo office of Sullivan & Cromwell to Morrison & Foerster’s capital markets practice. A senior counsel at his previous firm, Taneda joins MoFo as a partner and will remain based in Tokyo.

Perkins Coie continues to expand its Denver office with the addition of intellectual property partner MICHAEL HENSON, who was previously a partner at Holland & Hart. Henson’s areas of expertise include patent and trademark prosecution and litigation matters. (Perkins Coie also recently picked up partner Brian Kinnear from Holland & Hart.)

Four attorneys, all previously with Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone in Detroit, have jumped to Schiff Hardin’s Ann Arbor office. The team of state and local taxation attorneys is led by partner JOANNE FAYCURRY, and also includes of counsel SAMUEL MCKIM III, counsel SARAH DESON-FRIED, and one associate.

The London office of Schulte Roth & Zabel is growing with the arrival of two new partners: PETER DECLERCQ and SONYA VAN DE GRAAFF. The two attorneys, who were previously partners at Brown Rudnick, will practice with Schulte’s business reorganization team.

Shearman & Sterling has announced the addition of DAVID PORTILLA as counsel in the firm’s financial regulatory practice. Based in New York, Portilla will also work with his London and Washington, D.C., colleagues. Most recently, he was a senior policy adviser to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Stability Oversight Council office.

Sidley Austin is expanding its antitrust capabilities in Washington, D.C., by adding two partners: WILLIAM BLUMENTHAL from Magic Circle firm Clifford Chance and KENNETH GLAZER from K&L Gates. Both have worked at the Federal Trade Commission in the past. Blumenthal and Glazer will work with Sidley’s antitrust and competition team, and are joined by KAREN KAZMERZAK, who joins as counsel from K&L Gates.

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