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DOJ Successfully Blocks Insurance Mergers: What Are the Takeaways?

In July 2016, following a lengthy review, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), together with several states, sued to block two proposed health insurer mergers: Aetna/Humana and Anthem/Cigna. On January...more

Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Quarterly Newsletter - Winter 2017

FTC takes another look at merger remedies - On 3 February 2017, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released its Merger Remedies Study, which analyzed the success of merger remedies imposed by the FTC from 2006 to...more

THE LATEST: National Security Reviews of Foreign Ownership May Broaden

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS, commonly pronounced “syphius”) reviews M&A transactions that may pose a risk to national security through foreign control of a US business. (See our recent...more

OECD: Italy Should Approve its Proposed Competition Legislation ‘Swiftly’, Including the Reform of the National Merger Filing...

On 15 February 2017, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) published its economic survey of Italy. Among other things, the 156 page report recommends that Italy passes its proposed competition...more

THE LATEST: Learnings from Merger Remedies Study Underscores FTC’s Heightened Focus on Remedy Packages and Proposed Buyers

WHAT HAPPENED: ..In early February, the FTC released its Merger Remedies Study (the Study), which focused on transactions from 2006-2012 in which the FTC found a competitive problem that did not require a block outright,...more

Health Update - February 2017

Securing the Safety Net for America's Vulnerable Populations - Editor's Note: America's population is aging rapidly. By 2029, 75 million baby boomers will have reached age 65 and older, and older adults will represent...more

Federal Court Blocks Anthem - Cigna Merger; King & Spalding Looks Deeper into Aetna-Humana Challenge

On February 8, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted a request filed by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division for an injunction blocking Anthem, Inc.’s (Anthem) proposed $54...more

A tale of two mergers: Following their losses in DOJ merger challenges, Anthem fights on and Aetna gives up

In the past month, the DOJ and several state governments scored two trial wins in their challenges to mergers among some of the country’s largest health insurers. First, Judge Bates of the District of Columbia blocked the...more

Marketplace Shockwaves: Insurer Exits Leave Marketplaces Vulnerable

Early this month, Aetna announced that in 2018, it will not expand its Health Insurance Marketplace ("Marketplace" or "Exchange") coverage, and is evaluating whether it will completely pull out of the Marketplaces created by...more

Non-Reportable ≠ Non-Reviewable: Antitrust Insights for Smaller US Mergers

Acquisitions of U.S. companies that fall below the $80.8 million Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) reporting threshold may pose unique risks to buyers. Unlike HSR reportable transactions, non-reportable transactions typically do not...more

FTC Announces Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds for 2017

On January 26, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) published in the Federal Register adjusted jurisdictional and filing fee thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the...more

The LATEST: FTC “Second Requests” to be Narrower in Scope under Ohlhausen’s Leadership

Transactions that meet the Hart-Scott-Rodino thresholds for notification must be reported to the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and Department of Justice. Where a notified transaction raises competition concerns, the...more

New provisions on German antitrust law under debate in German parliament

On 1 July 2016, the German Ministry for Economic Affairs published a draft bill for the 9th amendment of the German Act against Restraints of Competition (Gesetz gegen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen – GWB). The draft bill...more

Expanding HSR Gunjumping Enforcement: Swan Song, or Harbinger of What's to Come?

In a move that may not have stood up under the new administration, the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division settled a matter during the last days of the Obama Administration which involved allegations of...more

FTC Announces Increased HSR and Interlocking Directorate Thresholds

The U.S Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced the revised transaction thresholds that trigger a requirement to file a premerger notification and report form under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act...more

FTC Takes Another Look at Merger Remedies

On 3 February 2017, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its Merger Remedies Study, which analyzed the success of merger remedies imposed by the FTC from 2006 to 2012. Nearly two decades after it issued a similar...more

Q&A with Joshua Gans, author of “The Disruption Dilemma”

Your recent book “The Disruption Dilemma” examines how disruption can destroy even the best managed corporations. The case studies in your book – the mobile phone industry disrupted by Apple, Blockbuster’s store-based video...more

"DOJ Continues Streak of Successful Merger Challenges With Blocked Aetna-Humana, Anthem-Cigna Deals"

In a continuation of recent Department of Justice (DOJ) successes challenging mergers, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia recently enjoined two more proposed mergers brought and litigated under the Obama...more

DOJ Wins Again, Blocks Anthem/Cigna Merger

On February 8, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division’s (the “DOJ”) request for an injunction blocking Anthem’s proposed $54 billion...more

2017 Antitrust Outlook – A Year of Uncertainty

We expect that this year’s antitrust outlook will continue to carry a degree of uncertainty, whether in the United States, the European Union, or elsewhere. Our next two posts will cover some of the causes of present...more

EU Antitrust Continuity Potentially Threatened by Brexit

Our second antitrust outlook-focused post reflects on how we expect 2017 to continue to shape up as a year in which competition policy and enforcement will face increased uncertainty and complexity, specifically with respect...more

FTC Announces Increased Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds - January 2017

On January 19, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced revised jurisdictional thresholds for determining whether a proposed transaction must be reported to federal authorities under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR)...more

Aetna-Humana Merger Blocked

The District of Columbia federal court recently ruled that a proposed $37 billion merger between health insurance giants Aetna and Humana cannot proceed, granting the US Department of Justice’s bid to block the combination on...more

RX IP Update - January 2017

Apotex’s Infringement of AstraZeneca’s Omeprazole Formulation Patent Upheld - As previously reported, the Federal Court of Appeal, in a unanimous decision released on January 12, 2017 (2017 FCA 9), has affirmed the...more

Ohlhausen’s Appointment as Acting Chair of FTC Signals Potential Change in Antitrust Approach

President Donald Trump last week designated Maureen K. Ohlhausen as acting chair of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”). Ohlhausen is a vocal critic of government involvement in the market, suggesting the FTC under her...more

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