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Premerger Notification Arrives in the Philippines

The Philippine Competition Commission has implemented compulsory merger control, while other Philippine antitrust provisions await full application. The world’s 12th most populous nation joins the global antitrust...more

Four Takeaways from the ABA Antitrust Section's 2016 Spring Meeting

Antitrust practitioners, enforcers and industry professionals came together in Washington, D.C. for the 64th installment of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law's annual Spring Meeting. The Spring Meeting provides a look at the...more

Having The “Are You Operating an (Illegal) Franchise System Without Knowing It?” Conversation

Franchising laws are very broad in scope and may inadvertently encroach upon standard licensing or distribution agreements. The repercussions for operating an illegal (or more likely inadvertent) franchise system can be very...more

Antitrust Lessons from Oil Giants’ Proposed Merger

In perhaps an unsurprising move, last week the U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil antitrust lawsuit challenging the merger of Halliburton and Baker Hughes, the first and third largest oilfield services companies in the...more

ABA Antitrust Section’s Spring Meeting—What You Need to Know

The American Bar Association held its 64th annual Antitrust Law Spring Meeting April 5–8, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Over 3,000 practitioners, enforcers, economists and academics from around the world came together to discuss...more

Delegated Regulation under MAR Covering Indicators of Market Manipulation, Disclosure Thresholds, Trading During Closed Periods...

The European Commission’s Delegated Regulation supplementing the Market Abuse Regulation (Regulation 596/2014) (MAR) as regards an exemption for certain third countries’ public bodies and central banks, the indicators of...more

DAMITT: Is the Use of Upfront Buyers Causing Longer Merger Investigations? Q1 2016 Update Confirms 2015 Trends

The Trend of Longer Investigations Continues - Significant merger investigations lasted 9.5 months on average over the 12 months ending Q1 2016, about 20% longer than the 8.0 month average over the prior 12 months. The...more

Staples Closes Defense, Calls No Witnesses in Merger Trial Brought by FTC

Yesterday, Staples closed its defense in the case brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to block the Staples-Office Depot merger—without calling any witnesses. (We covered the first week of the trial here.) Judge...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Spring 2016 Edition: Russian Competition Law Update: Impact on M&A and Joint Ventures in Russia

A new version of the Russian Competition Law amended by the so-called ‘fourth antimonopoly package’ (the “275 Law”) came into effect on January 5, 2016 (except for certain minor provisions with an earlier effective date). The...more

The HSR Act and You: Failing to Report Executives' Stock Purchases and Option Exercises is No Joke

THE RULE TO REMEMBER… Whenever an individual exercises stock options, receives restricted stock awards, or even makes an open market purchase, there may be an attendant requirement to file an individual Hart-Scott-Rodino...more

Never Second Guess a Second Request

Massive mergers are never a simple matter for organizations and their antitrust attorneys. The Second Request process can be a major burden for merging organizations since it requires that companies review, analyze and...more

Dutch Competition Authority Fines Cold-Storage Companies for Exchange of Information in the Context of Merger Talks

On 23 March 2016, the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) announced that it had fined four cold-storage firms for having put in place anticompetitive arrangements while in extended merger talks with one...more

Sixth Circuit: “Single-Network” Hospitals Not Exempt from Section One Scrutiny

On March 22, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit allowed a claim to proceed under § 1 of the Sherman Act against four hospitals acting as a single network under a joint operating agreement. Med. Center at...more

Three Things to Watch after One Week of the Staples-Office Depot Merger Trial

On Monday, Staples and the Federal Trade Commission began presenting arguments in the D.C. District Court on whether the FTC should be entitled to a preliminary injunction to halt a potential merger between Staples and Office...more

Update: Peculiarities of the Merger Filing Requirements in Germany and Austria

As many dealmakers doing business in Europe have realized, German and Austrian merger filing requirements are sometimes a bit tricky, and in some respects different from the rules in place at EU level and in other EU member...more

Fourth Antimonopoly Package: Impact on M&A and Joint Ventures in Russia

A new version of the Russian Competition Law amended by the so-called ‘fourth antimonopoly package’ (the “275 Law”) came into effect on January 5, 2016 (except for certain provisions). The 275 Law includes long-expected...more

Global Trends In Merger Control Enforcement: February 2016

We have collected and analysed data on merger control activity for 2015 from 16 jurisdictions, focussing on the U.S., EU and China, pulling out key trends aswell as practical differences. The results are insightful and, in...more

FTC’s Feinstein Declines to Provide Safe Harbor Guidance for Low GUPPIs

At a recent panel discussion during George Mason Law Review’s annual antitrust symposium, Deborah Feinstein, director of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Bureau of Competition, was asked what levels of gross upwards...more

"Key Takeways: Trends and Developments in Merger Control"

On February 18, 2016, Skadden’s Antitrust and Competition Group presented the webinar “Trends and Developments in Merger Control.” The webinar, led by partners Steven Sunshine and Maria Raptis and counsel Kenneth Schwartz,...more

Employer Anti-Poaching Agreements. A Tale of Disney Legal Troubles

Once upon a time, the Plaintiff in a shareholder derivative suit pending against Disney and its former and current board members claimed that commencing in the mid-1980s, companies in the animation business—including Pixar...more

Proposed Aetna-Humana Merger Passes Another Hurdle in Antitrust Review

The proposed merger between major health insurers Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. continues to inch closer to finalization. In a recent press release, Aetna announced that 10 states have now signed off on its proposed acquisition...more

Recent Judgments Illustrate How the European Commission Can Correct Its Errors Post-Annulment

As a general proposition, when the validity of a European Commission antitrust decision is challenged before the General Court of the European Union (GCEU), the procedure is one of judicial review, not a retrial on the merits...more

Competition/antitrust law

Focus on the US - Cartel enforcement activity and stiffer criminal penalties against price fixing - The Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to investigate and seek criminal charges against worldwide cartels. This...more

"Key Takeaways - Antitrust in the Technology Sector: Policy Perspectives and Insight From the Enforcers"

On January 26, 2016, Skadden’s Antitrust and Competition Group and Charles River Associates hosted the sixth annual seminar “Antitrust in the Technology Sector,” with an emphasis on policy perspectives and insights from...more

FTC Announces Annual HSR Premerger Notification Threshold and Clayton Act Interlocking Directorate Thresholds Adjustments

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR Act) thresholds will be increased. The FTC also announced that it has revised the thresholds...more

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