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Former FTC Chair Kovacic Rates the Presidential Candidates

As has been reported by William McConnell at TheStreet, former FTC Chair Bill Kovacic delivered a frank assessment of the four leading presidential candidates’ antitrust stances at a program sponsored by the Heritage...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.26.16

Quick recap: another Monday, another rough start to a trading week in what’s turned into an ugly pattern for the year – WSJ... Which, coupled with more pessimism about the Chinese economy, helped drive stocks down in...more

"Global Antitrust Enforcement in the Digital Age: Recent Developments in E-Commerce"

Competition authorities worldwide ramped up scrutiny of e-commerce business practices in 2015. The European Commission (Commission) launched an expansive sector inquiry in May 2015 aimed at identifying anticompetitive...more

Health Update - January 2016

The Megatrends Reshaping Healthcare: Managing Change and Maximizing Opportunity - Editor's Note: In 2013, Manatt Health identified 10 megatrends that would reinvent the healthcare marketplace across the next decade. In a...more

"Antitrust and Competition: Trends in US and EU Merger Enforcement"

Merger activity in 2015 was at its highest level in years, and competition authorities in the U.S. and European Union continued to be very aggressive, challenging a number of high-profile deals in court and causing some...more

"Insights Conversations: M&A"

Skadden M&A partners Steve Arcano, Tom Kennedy (moderator), Jeremy London, Amr Razzak and Rodd Schreiber discussed their perspectives on M&A activity in 2015 and the outlook for 2016. The conversation covered the current...more

What to do if the ACCC come knocking: Practical tips for handling section 155 examinations

In our second article on the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) coercive information-gathering powers, we examine section 155(1)(c) notices and suggest some practical “do’s and don’ts” for examinees. Read...more

The UK Consumer Rights Act 2015: A New Advance in Private Antitrust Enforcement

On 1 October 2015 the UK Consumer Rights Act 2015 (CRA 2015) entered into force, bringing with it a raft of changes pertaining to consumer protection law and competition law litigation. These changes were discussed in an...more

Dechert Antitrust Merger Investigation Timing Tracker Reports Record Duration and Number of U.S. Merger Investigations in 2015

Significant antitrust merger investigations in the United States took an average of 9.6 months in 2015, more than a third longer than the average just two years ago, according to DAMITT, the Dechert Antitrust Merger...more

EU Competition Commissioner Levels Charges Against Qualcomm

In yet another high-profile enforcement action, last week EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager announced charges against Qualcomm Inc., a world leader in 3G, 4G, and next-generation wireless technologies and the...more

Commission closes credit default swaps case against banks

The Commission has closed its antitrust proceedings against all 13 investment banks involved in its investigation into the credit default swaps market. The banks involved were: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Bear...more

Skadden Energy Law Handbook - Third Edition (Dec. 2015)

Skadden’s Energy Regulatory and Litigation Group is pleased to provide the third edition of the Skadden Energy Law Handbook. This edition includes updates on recent developments, as well as a summary of those developments....more

Antitrust Considerations in M&A: How Documents Can Come Back to Haunt You

Earlier this week, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) sued to block Staples’ acquisition of Office Depot, the same day that General Electric withdrew from its agreement to sell its appliance unit to Electrolux due to a...more

Hart-Scott-Rodino 2014 Annual Report: Increase in Filings, Decrease in Second Requests and Implications for Executive Stock...

The Hart-Scott-Rodino Annual Report Fiscal Year 2014, 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

Can Competition Produce Less for Creditors?

Working with distressed businesses always presents a wide array of challenges. Solving a distressed company’s problems, or your problems with it, rarely is limited to a single legal discipline, set of laws or state or federal...more

Playing by the new global competition rules - South Korea: Building for the future

Antitrust regulators around the world are becoming more aggressive and sophisticated in their investigation and enforcement activities, working in coordination across borders and imposing increasingly higher fines. South...more

Has Antitrust Enforcement Been ‘Reinvigorated’ Under Obama?

In the 2008 presidential election campaign, then-candidate Barack Obama promised to “reinvigorate” antitrust enforcement. Over the last few years, several observers have concluded that the Obama administration’s antitrust...more

DAMITT – How Long Does it Take to Conduct U.S. Antitrust Merger Investigations?

Dechert’s Antitrust Merger Investigation Timing Tracker (DAMITT) finds that significant antitrust merger investigations in the U.S. currently are taking 10 months which is about 30%-40% longer than in prior years....more

A New Antitrust Risk for Investment Firms: Common Ownership of Competitors

Press reports have revealed that the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, in its ongoing investigation of the major airlines for price-fixing and collusion, has requested that the airlines disclose information about...more

DOJ Cartel Fines Total for Fiscal Year 2015

The Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division imposed* a record USD2.853bn in criminal antitrust fines in fiscal year 2015, which concluded last week. The total in antitrust fines imposed in FY2015 (October...more

[Webinar] Provider Networks: Avoiding Antitrust Trouble - Oct. 15th, 10:00am PDT

The Affordable Care Act encourages providers to collaborate to improve health care. But the antitrust enforcement agencies have warned providers that “too much” collaboration can run afoul of the antitrust laws. How do...more

[Webinar] Ediscovery Considerations in Second Requests and Antitrust Litigation - Oct 7th, 1:00pm CST

Although the use of ediscovery technologies in civil litigation document review has been much discussed and debated, its use in merger investigation responses to the FTC or DOJ raises unique issues that are often less...more

Antitrust Matters - September 2015

Antitrust investigations are no longer limited to a nation’s borders, or even to a region. Enforcers are more and more sharing information and coordinating their investigative efforts as they strive to uniformly enforce the...more

FTC Provides New Guidance for Merger Investigations

The FTC’s Bureau of Competition recently issued new “Best Practices” guidance for parties involved in merger investigations. This is the Commission’s first guidance on the merger review process since the Merger Process...more

FTC Releases Section 5 Guidelines

On Thursday, August 13, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a Statement of Enforcement Principles Regarding “Unfair Methods of Competition” Under Section 5 of the FTC Act. The statement was passed by a 4–1 vote,...more

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