Daniel Zach

Dan Zach, photographed for Cravath, Swaine, & Moore LLP, 8 December 2021, in Washington DC. Photo by Mike Morgan.

Partner, Cravath, Swain & Moore LLP

Daniel K. Zach is a partner in Cravath’s Litigation Department and a member of the firm’s Antitrust practice.  He is a former Assistant Director of the Federal Trade Commission, and his practice focuses on helping clients navigate the evolving antitrust regulatory environment, including advising on antitrust regulatory reviews of proposed mergers and litigating court challenges filed by U.S. antitrust enforcers.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Zach has played a key role in numerous trials, serving as the first-chair litigator in important merger cases in federal and administrative courts.  He has extensive courtroom experience and has successfully developed and implemented strategies to win cases involving difficult antitrust issues.  His experience also extends to working with foreign antitrust regulators.  

As Assistant Director of the FTC’s Mergers I Division, Mr. Zach oversaw the review of mergers in several key industries, such as pharmaceuticals, life sciences, medical devices and technology.  He managed all aspects of the division’s antitrust merger investigations and led major litigation cases.  From 2012 to 2020, Mr. Zach served as the Deputy Assistant Director of the Mergers I Division.  In that role, he supervised hundreds of merger reviews, including dozens of enforcement actions, and led all phases of litigation filed by Mergers I and other FTC merger divisions.  He also represented the division in a range of initiatives, including developing vertical merger guidelines, creating agency best practices for investigations and litigations, and presenting to other U.S. and foreign antitrust authorities and the public on various antitrust subject matters.  

During Mr. Zach’s time at the FTC, he earned multiple awards, including the Commission’s Excellence in Supervision Award, the Bureau of Competition Director’s Award and Janet D. Steiger team awards for his work on several cases.  Mr. Zach regularly speaks on a variety of antitrust topics, including horizontal and vertical merger analysis, FTC litigation and innovation competition in the pharmaceutical industry.  He also has presented on a range of antitrust and litigation subjects to the Canadian Competition Bureau, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, New Zealand Commerce Commission, Korea Fair Trade Commission, Vietnam Competition Authority, African Competition Forum, CARICOM Competition Commission and Competition Commission of India.  

Mr. Zach received a B.A. summa cum laude in Economics and Government from the University of Notre Dame in 2001 and a J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 2004.  


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