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Facebook has poached the DoJ's Silicon Valley antitrust chief

Natasha Lomas
Facebook has poached the DoJ's Silicon Valley antitrust chief

Facebook has recruited Kate Patchen, a veteran of the U.S. Department of Justice who led its antitrust office in Silicon Valley, to be a director and associate general counsel of litigation. Patchen takes up her post amid ongoingscandals and reputation crises for her new employer, joining Facebook this month according to her LinkedIn profile. The move was spotted earlier by the FT, which reports that Facebook also posted a job listing on LinkedIn for a “lead counsel” in Washington to handle competition issues two weeks ago -- suggesting a broader effort to bulk up its in-house expertise.