Sharis Pozen, Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance has boosted its U.S. presence with the hire of former Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom partner Sharis Pozen in Washington, D.C.

She joins the Magic Circle firm as global antitrust co-chair from energy company General Electric, where she was vice president for global competition law and policy.

Prior to that, she led Skadden’s antitrust and competition practice for two years.

In her new role at Clifford Chance, Pozen will co-chair the department alongside Brussels-based partner Thomas Vinje.

Pozen was the acting assistant attorney general for antitrust at the Department of Justice for nine months in 2011. While there, she oversaw the DOJ’s efforts to block telecommunications company AT&T’s proposed $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile.

“Sharis has extensive government and private practice experience and is one of the few antitrust practitioners who has served in high-level positions at both the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission,” Clifford Chance Americas managing partner Evan Cohen said in a statement.

The Magic Circle firm’s global managing partner, Matthew Layton, added, “Our global antitrust capabilities and experience are critical to our clients operating across the world. We are very pleased to be welcoming Sharis as co-chair of the global group.”