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FTC Limits Investment Rental Property Exemption

FTC’s reversal will result in more Hart-Scott-Rodino filings for companies in the pipeline, cell tower and billboard industries. The Federal Trade Commission’s Premerger Notification Office (PNO) has significantly...more

Anthem-Cigna Mega Merger Likely Problematic for Providers

Anthem announced on July 24, 2015 that it would purchase Cigna, just three weeks after Aetna agreed to buy Human for $37 billion. The deal is valued at $54.2 billion, and would create the United States’ largest health insurer...more

Competition News July-August 2015

French merger control: The Competition Authority agrees to approve the prospective acquirer of assets sold by the purchaser - On May 15, 2015, the Competition Authority authorized, subject to certain conditions, the...more

Regulators Likely To Heavily Scrutinize Proposed Humana-Aetna Merger

At the beginning of the month, insurance companies Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. announced they would be pursuing a merger, with the former company acquiring the latter. Aetna, sources say, will be purchasing Humana for roughly...more

FTC Narrows Scope of HSR Reporting Exemption for Certain Acquisitions

On July 20, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released revisions to its interpretation of the rule, 16 C.F.R. §802.5, that exempts certain acquisitions of “investment rental property assets” from reportability under...more

Newsletter: Cooley M&A Team News - July 2015

As discussed in our March 2014 and April 2015 newsletters, in the last few years, there have been numerous developments in the law and practice surrounding appraisal rights under Delaware law. That trend has continued with...more

Private Equity Newsletter - Summer 2015 Edition: Where’s the Exit? New Opportunities in China for Private Equity Firms

It has long been a well established exit route in developed markets for a private equity firm to sell its interest in a portfolio company to a listed company in exchange for shares in that listed company. Until recently, this...more

[Webinar] International Trade and Antitrust — Clarity Put on Hold as FTAIA Conflict/Confusion Continues - July 30, 12:00pm CT

More than 30 years since the enactment of the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (FTAIA), it continues to be characterized by confusion about the application of U.S. antitrust laws to international trade, which is the...more

Four FTC Commissioners Reject Wright’s Call for GUPPI Safe Harbor

Four members of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a statement on July 13, 2015, disputing claims by a fellow commissioner that the 2010 Horizontal Merger Guidelines include a “safe harbor” that is available in...more

Divestiture Offer Fails to Save Merger Where FTC Wins on Market Definition Based on Customer Type

Eighteen months after the deal was first announced, Sysco Corporation (“Sysco”) and US Foods, Inc. (“USF”) abandoned their $3.5 billion merger following the Federal Trade Commission’s (the “FTC” or “Commission”) decisive...more

Four Things You Should Know About FTC v. Sysco Corp.

On June 29, 2015, following an eight-day evidentiary hearing, a federal district court granted the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC)request for a preliminary injunction to block an $8.2 billion proposed merger between the two...more

DOJ Moves to Stop Sale of GE’s Appliance Business to Electrolux

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division has filed a civil suit to block the acquisition of General Electric’s appliance business by Electrolux. According to the complaint, the U.S. market for cooking appliances—...more

[Event] Financial Distress in the Energy Sector: Managing Exposure and Leveraging Opportunities - July 23, Boston, MA

Locke Lord is pleased to bring this important and timely discussion to Boston. By leveraging the extensive experience our lawyers bring to the table from the energy, restructuring & insolvency and private equity sectors, we...more

July Antitrust Bulletin

On June 29, 2015, Sysco Corp. announced that it was pulling the plug on its $3.5 billion proposed merger with US Foods Inc. The news comes less than a week after a Washington, D.C., federal judge concluded that the Federal...more

What Is The FTC Looking At When It Reviews Merger Agreements?

In our last post, we spoke about a proposed merger between office supply chains Office Depot and Staples. As we noted, Office Depot shareholders recently voted to go forward with the acquisition, but the Federal Trade...more

FTC Scores Decisive Win in Challenge to Food Distribution

On Tuesday, a federal judge issued an injunction blocking the Sysco – US Foods (“USF”) merger pending further administrative review by the FTC. The move, which ended Sysco’s acquisition plans, represents a decisive victory...more

Shareholders Approve Office Depot Acquisition, But Will FTC?

Whenever a merger of major companies is proposed, a lot has to happen before the vision becomes reality. Not only must the companies engage in talks both internally and with one another about the possibility of a merger or...more

FTC Wins Injunction Against Sysco-U.S. Foods Merger; Administrative Trial Next

As we previously reported, the FTC sought a preliminary injunction to block a merger between Sysco and U.S. Foods pending the outcome of its administrative trial challenging the deal. Yesterday, Judge Amit Mehta of the...more

[Webinar] Antitrust and Competition - June 30, 1:00 CDT

Join us as Robins Kaplan attorneys Meegan Hollywood and William Reiss provide an introduction to the fundamentals of federal antitrust and competition law. The program will focus on the basic statutory framework of antitrust...more

Expanded HSR Antitrust Reporting for Pharma Licensing Deals Is Here to Stay

On June 9, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, in its ruling in Pharm. Research & Mfrs. of Am. v. FTC, upheld the FTC's expansion of HSR reporting requirements for pharmaceutical companies, and solidified...more

Will Increased Consolidation in the Insurance Industry Yield Opportunities or Challenges for Investors?

A recent flurry of activity in the health insurance industry would seem to indicate that investors can expect significant consolidation in the managed care sector....more

Health Update - June 2015

Examining Fee Splitting Statutes in the Context of Value-Based Healthcare - Editor’s note: One of the goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to align incentives among provider communities and their patients and...more

Expanded FTC Premerger Notification Rules Specific to the Pharmaceutical Industry are Upheld by the D.C. Circuit

The D.C. Circuit recently affirmed a lower court’s decision upholding regulations adopted by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requiring a Hart Scott Rodino (HSR) Act premerger notification filing for transfers of patent...more

ICN Adopts New Guidance Focusing on Investigative Process and International Cooperation in Mergers

From April 28 through May 1, the International Competition Network (ICN) held its 2015 annual conference. The ICN is a network that unites 132 competition watchdogs from 119 jurisdictions, including the Antitrust Division of...more

Philippine Competition Act: first foray into antitrust legislation – key points

The Philippine Congress has passed, and President Benigno Aquino III is expected to sign into law, the Philippine Competition Act. The law, which aims to safeguard fair and competitive market conditions, marks the nation’s...more

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