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The FTC and State of Illinois Solidify Victory Blocking Chicago Hospital Merger

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the State of Illinois successfully concluded their challenge to the proposed merger of Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University Health System earlier this month, when the U.S....more

Financial Services Weekly News - March 2017 #2

Editor's Note - Marching On. Notwithstanding the industry’s watch of the Senate’s confirmation of new leadership for the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the DOL proposed a delay...more

THE LATEST: FTC Determines Behavioral Remedies are Sufficient to Fix Offshore Natural Gas Pipeline Overlap

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently granted US antitrust clearance for Enbridge’s acquisition of Spectra after the parties agreed to behavioral commitments to remedy an overlap for natural gas pipeline transportation...more

THE LATEST: Learnings from Merger Remedies Study Underscores FTC’s Heightened Focus on Remedy Packages and Proposed Buyers

WHAT HAPPENED: ..In early February, the FTC released its Merger Remedies Study (the Study), which focused on transactions from 2006-2012 in which the FTC found a competitive problem that did not require a block outright,...more

Non-Reportable ≠ Non-Reviewable: Antitrust Insights for Smaller US Mergers

Acquisitions of U.S. companies that fall below the $80.8 million Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) reporting threshold may pose unique risks to buyers. Unlike HSR reportable transactions, non-reportable transactions typically do not...more

FTC Announces Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds for 2017

On January 26, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) published in the Federal Register adjusted jurisdictional and filing fee thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the...more

The LATEST: FTC “Second Requests” to be Narrower in Scope under Ohlhausen’s Leadership

Transactions that meet the Hart-Scott-Rodino thresholds for notification must be reported to the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and Department of Justice. Where a notified transaction raises competition concerns, the...more

What to Expect From FTC during Trump Administration: New Leader Illuminates

On Jan. 25, President Trump named Maureen Ohlhausen as the Federal Trade Commission’s acting chairwoman. A recent speech by Ohlhausen, who has served as a commissioner for the FTC since 2012, shed some light on the role the...more

FTC Announces Increased HSR and Interlocking Directorate Thresholds

The U.S Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced the revised transaction thresholds that trigger a requirement to file a premerger notification and report form under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act...more

"DOJ Continues Streak of Successful Merger Challenges With Blocked Aetna-Humana, Anthem-Cigna Deals"

In a continuation of recent Department of Justice (DOJ) successes challenging mergers, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia recently enjoined two more proposed mergers brought and litigated under the Obama...more

DOJ Wins Again, Blocks Anthem/Cigna Merger

On February 8, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division’s (the “DOJ”) request for an injunction blocking Anthem’s proposed $54 billion...more

2017 Antitrust Outlook – A Year of Uncertainty

We expect that this year’s antitrust outlook will continue to carry a degree of uncertainty, whether in the United States, the European Union, or elsewhere. Our next two posts will cover some of the causes of present...more

RX IP Update - January 2017

Apotex’s Infringement of AstraZeneca’s Omeprazole Formulation Patent Upheld - As previously reported, the Federal Court of Appeal, in a unanimous decision released on January 12, 2017 (2017 FCA 9), has affirmed the...more

Antitrust Alert: FTC Merger Remedies Report Signals Tougher Enforcement

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

Flurry of Antitrust Merger Enforcement Actions as Obama Presidency Comes to a Close

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced several antitrust enforcement actions in advance of the inauguration of President Trump, including settlements for...more

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice Issue Updated Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of...

On January 13, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice issued updated Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property. The updated Guidelines retain the core principles of the 1995...more

"Antitrust Enforcement in the Trump Administration"

Republican administrations historically have taken a less interventionist approach to antitrust enforcement than their Democratic counterparts, but many of President Donald Trump’s policy positions have not tracked...more

"Mergers and Acquisitions: 2016 Update"

Global mergers and acquisitions volume in 2016 declined from the record levels set in 2015, but activity was nonetheless strong by historical standards. Value of global deals was approximately $3.7 trillion, an annual total...more

FTC Increases HSR and Clayton Act Thresholds

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced that the reporting thresholds under Section 7A of the Clayton Act, known as the Hart-Scott-Rodino (H-S-R) Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (the Act), will be increased....more

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

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has 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 that trigger...more

Hart-Scott-Rodino Threshold Crosses $80 Million Mark

On January 26, 2017, the FTC published the latest annual adjustments to the statutory thresholds under both the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (15 U.S.C. § 18a) (HSR) and Section 8 of the Clayton Act (15...more

FTC Announces New Hart-Scott-Rodino Dollar Thresholds for 2017

The Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the HSR Act), requires parties to a proposed merger; acquisition of stock, assets or unincorporated interests; or other business combination meeting...more

2017 Increase in HSR Notification Thresholds

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced the annual revisions to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (HSR Act) thresholds, which will become effective on February 27, 2017. The revised thresholds will...more

HSR Thresholds Will Increase for 2017 Transactions

On February 27, 2017, revised thresholds for the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR) will take effect. The thresholds determine whether parties involved in proposed mergers, consolidations, or other acquisitions of voting securities,...more

HSR Filing Threshold Increases to US$80.8 Million

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced on January 19, 2017 that the dollar-based thresholds applicable to the Hart-Scott-Rodino (“HSR”) premerger notification program will be raised about 3.3 percent from the...more

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