Sara Y. Razi is Global Co-Chair of the Firm’s Antitrust and Trade Regulation Practice. She is a leading antitrust attorney focusing on merger reviews and clearance, government antitrust investigations, antitrust litigation, and counseling on competition issues.
She regularly represents clients before the FTC and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and handles matters involving antitrust reviews and litigation in multiple jurisdictions. Since joining Simpson Thacher from the FTC in 2013, she has secured clearances in complex and closely-watched matters.
Sara’s extensive private-sector and government antitrust experience spans a multitude of industries including technology, media, telecommunications, supermarkets and other retail, oil and gas, consumer products, healthcare providers, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and medical devices.
Sara is recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” by The Legal 500, where she is described as “a very seasoned and knowledgeable antitrust attorney” who “has the unique ability to give very practical advice about how regulators would react to matters in a way that is actionable by in house counsel.” Described by Global Competition Review as one of the “best FTC merger advisers in the business,” Sara is also ranked as one of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” in the U.S. by Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation, is a member of the team awarded “Antitrust Department of the Year” by Chambers USA in 2016, and is recognized by Who’s Who Legal: Competition. Sara is a Board Member of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee.
Sara served in senior roles at the FTC for nearly a decade. As Deputy Assistant Director, she directed numerous antitrust investigations and litigation challenges during a time of reinvigorated healthcare merger enforcement and served as a lead litigator in federal district courts and administrative hearings. As Attorney Advisor to FTC Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras, she advised on a wide range of antitrust investigations, litigation and policy matters, with emphasis on energy, healthcare, technology and intellectual property issues.
Sara earned her J.D., summa cum laude, from American University, Washington College of Law, and her B.A. in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from the University of Colorado.
Updated Sep 2021