Former Federal Trade Commission chair Edith Ramirez has joined Hogan Lovells as co-head of the firm’s antitrust, competition and economic regulation practice.

Ramirez, who will split her time between Hogan Lovells’ offices in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, will jointly lead the 135-lawyer department alongside London antitrust partner Suyong Kim.

Edith Ramirez.

Diego M. Radzinschi

She will also play an active role in the firm’s 80-lawyer privacy and cybersecurity practice—a key part of her role at the FTC.

Hogan Lovells CEO Steve Immelt said in a statement that Ramirez will be “a valuable and strategic resource for our clients.”

During Ramirez’s tenure, the FTC filed over 200 consumer protection and competition-related enforcement actions, obtaining more than $1 billion for consumers.

Ramirez, who has testified before Congress on competition, privacy, and data security issues, said that she was looking forward to returning to private practice. Before joining the FTC in 2010, she worked as a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.

It isn’t the first time Hogan Lovells has made a senior hire from the FTC. Former FTC commissioner Julie Brill joined Hogan Lovells in April 2016 as co-director of its privacy and cybersecurity practice, but left the firm this May to head Microsoft’s privacy and regulatory affairs group.

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