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Biden Antitrust Nominee Kanter Got $20.3 Million From Firm (1)

Aug. 30, 2021, 8:43 PMUpdated: Aug. 30, 2021, 9:47 PM

Jonathan Kanter, President Biden’s nominee for Justice Department antitrust chief, earned $20.3 million in two years from his former law firm, according to federal financial disclosure forms.

The money earned in 2020 and 2021 was his partnership share at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, “and payments in connection with my departure from the firm,” according to a form Kanter submitted to the Office of Government Ethics.

Biden nominated Kanter, former co-chair of the Paul, Weiss antitrust practice, to be his new assistant attorney general for antitrust, on July 20, touting him as “a distinguished antitrust lawyer with over 20 years of experience.”

Kanter, who declined comment, left Paul Weiss in 2020 after a four-year run, according to his LinkedIn profile. He is currently a partner at The Kanter Law Group, a boutique antitrust law firm.

Kanter in the past has represented companies that have pushed antitrust enforcers to sue Alphabet Inc.'s Google. At Paul Weiss, his clients included Microsoft Corp., Qualcomm Inc., Yelp Inc., Mapbox Inc., and Roku Inc., according to his form filed with the government ethics office.

(Adds Kanter declining comment in fourth paragraph.)

To contact the reporter on this story: Sam Skolnik in Washington at sskolnik@bloomberglaw.com
To contact the editor on this story: Chris Opfer at copfer@bloombergindustry.com;
John Hughes at jhughes@bloombergindustry.com

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