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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

Alert: Revised 2016 Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Thresholds

The Federal Trade Commission announced its annual revisions to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act ("HSR") jurisdictional thresholds on January 21, 2016. It also updated the thresholds applying to the filing fee tiers and applicable to...more

FTC Announces New Thresholds for 2016

Each year, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) adjusts the reporting thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (the “HSR Act”) based on changes in gross national product. On January 21, 2016,...more

Notification Threshold Under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Increased to $78.2 Million

Notification Threshold Adjustments - Pursuant to the amendments passed by Congress in 2000, the FTC announced revised thresholds for HSR pre-merger notifications on January 21, 2016. These increased thresholds will...more

New HSR Filing Thresholds for 2016

On January 21, 2016, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the agency charged with administering the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (the “HSR Act”), as amended, and its filing requirements, announced...more

FTC Announces Annual Changes to HSR Thresholds (2016)

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the annual changes to the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act notification thresholds....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

"Revised HSR Thresholds Announced"

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the revised thresholds for determining whether companies are required to notify federal antitrust authorities about a transaction under the Hart-Scott-Rodino...more

FTC Approves Tornier and Wright Medical Merger

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued a final order that conditionally approves the merger between Amsterdam, Netherlands-based Tornier N.V. and Memphis, Tennessee-based Wright Medical Group, Inc. Reuters...more

Alert: Top 10 Antitrust Developments and Trends to Watch in 2016

Attention in the US during 2016 will be on the presidential campaign, and the election in November will bring a change in the "antitrust guard" at the top of the DOJ and FTC – even if a Democrat wins – that will drive the...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

FTC Moves to Halt Merger Between Staples and Office Depot

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last week challenged Staples’ $6.3 billion bid for Office Depot, claiming that the proposed merger would significantly reduce competition nationwide in the market for office supplies to...more

Making The Merger Review Process More Efficient, P.2

In our previous post, we began speaking about how companies can make the merger review process more efficient for themselves. As we noted, one important way to do this is by getting in contact with the Federal Trade...more

Proposal Would Streamline Merger Review Process

We’ve been speaking in a recent series of posts about the merger review process and some general ways to make it more efficient so that less time and resources are wasted. As we noted last time, one of the features of the...more

Making The Merger Review Process More Efficient, P.1

One of the hurdles business must deal with in moving forward with a merger agreement is the merger review process. We have previously spoken about this process and some of the difficulties businesses can face in complying...more

Below-threshold transactions: Enforcement and exposure

Whether a jurisdiction will investigate a consummated deal that did not require pre-close notification varies widely by country. The US and China provide examples to highlight the range of approaches to merger control where...more

November Antitrust Bulletin

On October 6, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint for civil penalties against investor Len Blavatnik for his failure to report voting shares that he acquired when he, via his company Access Industries,...more

New Defense Department Guidance on Mergers and Acquisitions

On September 30, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD or the Department) issued new guidance that reaffirmed its earlier view that it would not look favorably on mergers of “top tier defense firms.” The Department declared...more

Responding To Challenges In The Merger Review Process, P.2

In our last post, we began speaking about the merger review process and the potential challenges that can come up for companies. One particularly aspect of the review process that can be a sticking point is the period after...more

Responding to Challenges in the Merger Review Process

When two companies propose a merger, there are a lot of things that need to fall into place to make the deal successful. Aside from the business, financial and logistical aspects of the merger, there are various legal issues...more

No X-Ray Vision at the FTC: Court Hands Agency a Rare Defeat in the Steris/Synergy Merger

In FTC v. Steris, the FTC was handed a rare litigation defeat. The case was notable because it involved a merger between companies who were not current competitors. The FTC alleged that without the merger, Synergy would have...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

"Federal Trade Commission Loses Challenge to Steris-Synergy Deal"

On September 24, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio denied the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) bid to enjoin Steris Corporation (Steris) from acquiring its alleged potential competitor, Synergy...more

How the FTC Analyzes Efficiencies Claims

In a recent speech, FTC Bureau of Competition Director Deborah Feinstein discussed the FTC’s approach to analyzing claims by merging parties that a merger will benefit consumers by creating efficiencies. Feinstein began...more

Obama Antitrust Not Much More Aggressive Than Bush?

That’s what the Wall Street Journal reports, citing data from the FTC and DOJ, reflecting that the antitrust agencies challenged 2.9% of mergers reviewed between 2009 and 2014, vs. 2.61% that they challenged between 2001 and...more

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