Trump’s pick for FTC chief: a Washington insider who has represented many tech firms

President Trump intends to nominate Joseph Simons, a longtime expert in competition law, to head the Federal Trade Commission, America’s top privacy and consumer protection agency, the White House said Thursday.

The announcement ends months of speculation over who might lead the FTC and its efforts to regulate perceived monopolies and unfair business practices, at a time when many policymakers have raised questions about the growing consolidation of industries, including retail and media.

One industry that may be breathing a sigh of relief: Silicon Valley.

Simons serves as a co-chair of the antitrust practice at the law firm Paul Weiss. His previous clients include many tech or tech-related firms, such as MasterCard, Microsoft, Sharp and Sony. He has also represented companies in the defense, music, software, telecom and transportation industries.

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