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"FTC and DOJ Announce HSR-Related Changes"

On November 28, 2016, the Premerger Notification Office of the Federal Trade Commission (PNO) and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) both announced potentially important changes in the way the agencies...more

Aerospace and Defense Series: Trump Administration—Potential for Increased Antitrust Leniency for Vertical Transactions in the...

President-elect Donald Trump has called for a dramatic increase in defense spending including purchases of new ships and warplanes as well as the addition of tens of thousands of new troops. This increase in spending...more

Getting the Deal Through — Electricity Regulation 2017: United Kingdom

1 Policy and law - What is the government policy and legislative framework for the electricity sector? Government policy - Following the EU Referendum held on 23 June 2016, a new prime minister was appointed...more

The French Competition Authority imposes record fine for gun jumping practices

On 8 November 2016, the French Competition Authority (FCA) published a press release announcing that it imposed a fine of EUR 80 million on the Altice Group (Altice Luxembourg and SFR Group) for implementing two transactions...more

National security reviews: A global perspective — Germany

The trend is towards higher scrutiny of inbound transactions by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Generally, German law provides for a liberal investment climate and only very limited restrictions on...more

National security reviews: A global perspective — China

China is attempting to implement a more structured and comprehensive system to keep a closer eye on economic deals that might have security implications - A ministerial review panel established by China's Ministry of...more

French Competition Authority Imposes Its First Ever Fine for Gun-Jumping

For the first time ever, on 8 November 2016 the French Competition Authority (FCA) sanctioned companies for implementing a transaction that had been notified to the FCA but not yet received a clearance decision, behaviour...more

FTC's Winning Streak Restored: Seventh Circuit Reverses Denial of Preliminary Injunction in Chicago Hospital Merger, Competition...

Recent appellate decisions confirm the uphill battle hospitals face when merging with other hospitals. On October 31, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit overturned the district court’s ruling in Federal Trade...more

Further Guidance on the HSR Act Investment-Only Exemption for Seemingly “Passive” Investors Engaging with Management

Investors considering engaging with management should take note of a recent informal interpretation received from the FTC’s Premerger Notification Office (PNO) advising that certain seemingly “passive” behavior is...more

Antitrust M&A Snapshot - October 2016

UNITED STATES: Continuing an active first half of 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and US Department of Justice (DOJ) have challenged several large mergers and acquisitions. In fact, trials for the two...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

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 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

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

Antitrust-Related Recent Developments: Merger Agreement Efforts Subject of Litigation

In a recent action raising the issue of the nature of a merger party’s obligation to take steps necessary to clear antitrust regulatory hurdles “as promptly as reasonably practicable,” Alere, Inc. sued Abbott Laboratories in...more

Antitrust-Related Recent Developments: FTC/DOJ Aggressive Merger Enforcement Continues

The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice have continued their aggressive stance against proposed mergers that the antitrust agencies perceive as harmful to competition. So far this year, the FTC obtained a...more

DOJ Sues to Halt Deere’s Acquisition of Monsanto’s Precision Planting

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) sued this week to stop Deere & Co.’s acquisition of Monsanto Co.’s Precision Planting, explaining that the deal would harm farmers. The companies make high-speed precision planting systems,...more

Investors Beware: The Bar Is Being Raised on HSR Violations

Under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act, parties to transactions meeting certain size thresholds are required to notify the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission and to observe a...more

HSR 2015 Annual Report: Filings Up, Second Requests Down and ESO/RSU Implications

The Hart-Scott-Rodino Annual Report Fiscal Year 2015, published by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), summarizes FTC and DOJ actions conducted under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust...more

Court Finds Spanish-Language Movies May Be A Proper Antitrust Product Submarket

Can Spanish-language media content constitute a proper antitrust product submarket for purposes of a Sherman Act claim? A federal district court in Houston appears to be the first to address the issue and has signaled that,...more

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