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Antitrust Reverse Termination Fees--2016 Q3 Update

This post updates the public deal antitrust reverse termination fee database through September 30, 2016. An antitrust reverse termination fee (ARTF), sometimes called an antitrust reverse breakup fee, is a fee payable by...more

FTC Reverses Prior Position – Buyers Must Now Count All New Debt as Part of the Transaction Size for HSR Purposes

The Federal Trade Commission's Premerger Notification Office has expanded the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) reporting requirements for certain leveraged buyouts. M&A practitioners generally are familiar with the HSR premerger...more

UK CMA Imposes Behavioural Commitments akin to a Structural Divestment: The Sci-fi Magazines Case

Divestments often constitute the most appropriate remedy to resolve antitrust concerns in the context of merger control. However, behavioural commitments may also have the same commercial effects as a divestment. This was...more

Antitrust Law - October 2016

Editor’s Note: On September 27, 2016, the Third Circuit handed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) a significant victory in its campaign against hospital consolidation, reversing a District Court decision that denied a...more

China Simplifies Its Legal Administration of Foreign Direct Investments

In order to implement the State Counsel’s decision issued on September 3, 2016 (State Counsel’s Decision), which simplifies the original substantive review and approval process (Approval System) to a new simple filing system...more

Hospitals Considering Merger Face Increased Uncertainty

PinnacleHealth System and Penn State Hershey Medical Center have abandoned their merger plans following a Third Circuit defeat last month. The announcement underscores the uncertainty faced by hospitals considering...more

Third Circuit Delivers Resounding Victory for FTC in Pennsylvania Hospital Merger Case

On September 27, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit handed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) a significant antitrust victory by granting its request for a preliminary injunction to stay the pending merger...more

FTC Accepts Practical ‘Failing Firm’ Defense in Ending Challenge to Non-Reportable Transaction

The Federal Trade Commission’s recently announced proposed settlement of its challenge of CentraCare Health’s acquisition of St. Cloud Medical Group (SCMG) is doubly noteworthy. The settlement ends the challenge of a...more

Antitrust in a Clinton Administration

Regardless of your political affiliation, it is worth understanding the potential changes to antitrust enforcement in the next administration. We will take a look at how antitrust might be handled by each of the two major...more

The End of the Road for Hershey Medical Center's Merger: Parties Abandon Transaction After Third Circuit Rules That Hospital...

The decision serves as a reminder of the uphill battle that merging health care providers have faced since the FTC’s adoption of its current rigid market definition standard in 2007. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

Federal Trade Commission's Pennsylvania Hospital Challenge Moves Forward: Third Circuit Halts Transaction Pending Trial Outcome

A Federal Appeals Court has sided with the FTC and preliminarily blocked the proposed merger of the largest hospitals in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area, and Penn State Hershey Medical Center and PinnacleHealth System. The...more

Blog: Federal Antitrust Authorities Step Up Merger Enforcement – Recent Victories Buoy Enforcers

Obama Administration antitrust enforcers have faced criticism over the last year for not being sufficiently aggressive, allegedly leading to concentrated industries to the detriment of consumers. The Department of Justice and...more

Change in LBO Valuation for HSR Purposes

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently reversed its position on how to calculate the size-of-transaction for HSR purposes in connection with leveraged buyouts (LBOs). This change in position may result in more reportable...more

Giving Weight to the Failing Firm Defense, FTC Consents to Physician-Services Merger with Caveats: Suspend Enforcement of...

On October 5, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) entered into a Consent Agreement with CentraCare Health (“CentraCare”) to settle competition concerns over CentraCare’s acquisition of St. Cloud Medical Group P.A....more

Canada’s Competition Commissioner Provides Guidance on Innovation, Efficiencies and Competitor Collaborations

The Commissioner of Competition (Commissioner) addressed innovation, enforcement and policy initiatives at the Competition Bureau (Bureau) in his keynote speech, “Strengthening Competition: Innovation, Collaboration and...more

FTC Fashions Creative Remedy to Permit Presumptively Anticompetitive Merger for Financially Failing Medical Practice

The Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC” or “Commission”) has made its preference known for structural, rather than conduct, remedies when attempting to craft consent solutions in reviewing antitrust provocative mergers. In...more

Third Circuit Grants FTC Injunction in Penn State Hershey-Pinnacle Merger, Overruling Lower Court

On September 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit handed the Federal Trade Commission a big win, overturning the Middle District of Pennsylvania’s denial of an injunction to block the proposed merger of Penn...more

The FTC Announces New Rules for Debt in Calculating HSR Reporting, Effective Immediately

The FTC announced yesterday an immediate change in the way it will treat debt to determine whether any transaction that has not yet closed may require an HSR Act pre-closing notification. Starting today, the old rule that new...more

Antitrust Updates for Private Equity Firms

In an era of robust merger enforcement by the U.S. antitrust agencies, opportunities abound for private equity firms to acquire divested businesses for value. These acquisitions of divested businesses are increasingly subject...more

DAMITT Q3 2016 Update: No Let Up in Antitrust Merger Investigation Activity or the Duration of Merger Investigations; Antitrust...

Fast Facts - - In the first three quarters of 2016, there were 24 significant merger investigations, which is on pace to challenge the record of 37 set in CY2015. - Significant merger investigations through Q3 2016...more

Third Circuit Puts Penn State Hershey/Pinnacle Merger on Hold

Last week, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that the merger between Penn State Hershey Medical Center and PinnacleHealth System, the two largest hospitals in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, may not move forward at this time....more

FTC Finds Success in High-Profile Hospital Merger Appeal

Many of our readers will recall the decision from Judge John Jones III of the Middle District of Pennsylvania earlier this year, denying the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) motion to enjoin 551-bed Penn State Milton S....more

News of Ukrainian Antitrust Regulation

On 20 September 2016, the Head of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMC), Yuriy Terentyev, announced a six months extension (until 15 March 2017) for the so-called "amnesty" program regarding liability for the failure to...more

Third Circuit Blocks Hospital Merger in Key Victory for FTC on Geographic Market Definition

On September 27, 2016, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit handed an important victory to the Federal Trade Commission and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in a closely watched hospital merger case. The decision...more

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