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THE LATEST: Entanglements and Concentrated Markets Require Divestiture in the Dairy Industry

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On July 6, 2016, Danone S.A. (Danone) agreed to acquire The WhiteWave Foods Company (WhiteWave) for $12.5 billion. WhiteWave is the leading manufacturer of fluid organic milk in the United States and one of the top...more

Mergers and Acquisitions Takeaways From the 2017 ABA Antitrust Law Spring Meeting

by Perkins Coie on

The American Bar Association’s 65th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting held at the end of March included a number of sessions with representatives from federal and state antitrust enforcement agencies. In the first article in a...more

Trump Names Delrahim to Head DOJ Antitrust Division

The White House announced yesterday that Makan Delrahim will be nominated to head up the United States Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. Delrahim, a long-time D.C. attorney with decades of policy and lobbying...more

A Common Interest Agreement May Not Be Worth the Paper It’s Written On

by Wilson Elser on

It is a very common practice for counsel to co-defendants or co-plaintiffs to enter into agreements that shield their communications. The agreements are expressions of intent that the communications will be protected by the...more

FTC Takes Another Look at Merger Remedies

by Hogan Lovells on

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

"Navigating the Challenges of Chinese Acquisitions of US Insurers"

Chinese investment in the U.S. insurance industry continued steadily in 2016, notwithstanding efforts by the Chinese government to impose new restrictions on outbound M&A. (See "Regional Focus: Asia.") Examples of such...more

Antitrust Alert: FTC Merger Remedies Report Signals Tougher Enforcement

by Jones Day on

The Federal Trade Commission staff have completed a new study evaluating its process for designing and implementing merger remedies and the success of the remedies it has imposed in the past. Its report—"The FTC's Merger...more

Covenants in upstream acquisitions and divestitures

by Locke Lord LLP on

Introduction - Upstream sale and purchase transactions are complex. In most instances, they are based not on simultaneous signing and completion, but rather on signing followed by a lengthy period leading to completion....more

DAMITT 2016 Year in Review: Significant Antitrust Merger Investigations Longer Than Ever; Deal Agreements Reflect Expected Delays

by Dechert LLP on

Fast Facts - Significant merger investigations lasted an average of 9.9 months in 2016, a new DAMITT record. - The 33 significant investigations in 2016 were the second most in the past six years, but down...more

Back to the drawing board: Canadian Government divestiture order in national security case set aside and new review to take place

by Dentons on

In a consent order dated November 9, 2016, the Federal Court ordered the setting aside of a Cabinet order requiring a Chinese investor to divest control of a Canadian business for national security reasons....more

[Webinar] OSHA Issues During Acquisitions and Divestitures - November 8th, 1:00p.m. EST

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

OSHA compliance issues have been long ignored in the due diligence process for mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. With OSHA’s new focus on follow-up inspections and Repeat citations, and expanding the concept of...more

FTC’s Largest Pharmaceutical Divestiture Gives Insight into Broader Theories of Harm

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In pharmaceutical transactions involving generic products, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has typically focused on narrow antitrust theories of harm and applied a narrow product market analysis often limited to a...more

Antitrust Updates for Private Equity Firms

by Dechert LLP on

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

NHPUC considers PSNH divestiture auction format

by PretiFlaherty on

As the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission prepares for an auction of the state's largest utility’s generating assets, its auction advisor J.P. Morgan has recommended a broad public auction of the assets, using a two...more

Advantages of Using ESOPs To Structure Acquisitions and Divestitures In An Uncertain Economy

by McDermott Will & Emery on

M&A advisors are becoming increasingly familiar with leveraged ESOP transactions and are routinely considering the ESOP platform in structuring acquisitions and divestitures. The first part of this article references the...more

Inside M&A - August 2016

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Recent Enforcement Trends in Divestiture Packages - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division have been actively challenging mergers and acquisitions (M&A) across a...more

FTC Requires Divestitures in Ahold/Delhaize of 81 Stores and Gives Upfront Buyers More Time to Complete Acquisitions; Continues...

by Dechert LLP on

- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) required divestitures in many local markets in Ahold/Delhaize despite the fact that there were between three and six remaining competitors (i.e., 4-to-3, 5-to-4, 6-to-5, and 7-to-6...more

The FTC Requires Largest-Ever Generic Drug Divestiture

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced a settlement resolving its competitive concerns over the merger of two leading generic drug manufacturers – Teva and Allergan. In July 2015, Teva agreed to acquire...more

Competition News May 2016

by Dentons on

Divesture commitments in a merger operation: reminder to maintain the profitability of the transferred business - On April 19, 2016, the French Competition Authority (FCA) once again punished the failure to respect the...more

Federal Judge Refuses FTC Request to Block Hershey/Pinnacle Deal; FTC to Appeal

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Hospitals and other providers who have been tracking Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice Antitrust Division hospital merger challenges over the last several years will want to take note of the federal...more

Own or Lease? New Accounting Rules Necessitate Review

The divestiture of property owned by non-real estate companies has long been a trend in the U.S. Though there are many advantages to owning—and thereby controlling—your own real estate, non-real estate businesses, especially...more

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

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

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

Federal Circuit Case Law Summary of High Point SARL v. T-Mobile USA, Inc., No. 15-1235 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 16, 2016)

Please find below a case summary of a Federal Circuit decision from this month that has patent exhaustion and licensing context. In High Point SARL v. T-Mobile USA, Inc., No. 15-1235 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 16, 2016), the...more

Energy Sector Alert Series: Risks and Opportunities in Distressed Oil and Gas

by WilmerHale on

In this eight-week alert series, we are providing a broad look at current and emerging issues facing the energy sector. Attorneys from across the firm will discuss issues ranging from environmental disclosures and risk...more

Breaking News: FTC Rejects Staples’ Proposed Divestiture in Office Depot Merger

As we previously reported, the FTC recently filed suit to challenge Staples’ $6.3 billion bid for Office Depot. In response to the FTC’s challenge, Staples offered to divest up to $1.25 billion in commercial contracts to...more

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