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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

FTC Issues Guidance for Merger Investigations

In early August, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") released guidance on best practices for merger investigations. This is the first major update for such guidance since 2006 and the publication of "Reforms to the Merger...more

Merger Guidance Nine Years in the Making From the FTC

Earlier this month, the Bureau of Competition of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offered updated guidance for merger investigations—the first time it has done so in nine years. Although the Department of Justice’s...more

Antitrust Enforcement Agencies Release Annual Report Summarizing 2014 Merger Enforcement Activity Under Hart-Scott-Rodino

The Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (HSR) requires parties to a proposed acquisition of voting securities or assets meeting certain size threshold requirements to report the transaction to the Federal Trade...more

Five Lessons From 2015 Healthcare Deals

In 2015, we already have seen a great deal of activity in healthcare transactions that is attracting antitrust scrutiny, with mixed results. Among the winners have been Cabell and St. Mary's, which received state clearance...more

Antitrust Development: The FTC Provides Updated Guidance for Merger Review Best Practices

On August 4, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission issued updated best practices guidance for merger reviews. This is the first guidance that the FTC has issued on the merger review process since the 2006 merger review reforms....more

FTC Releases Updated Best Practices for Merger Reviews

On August 4, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a guide to best practices for merger investigations, its first update to the Guidelines for Merger Investigations since it published the Reforms to the Merger...more

Anthem-Cigna Mega Merger Likely Problematic for Providers

Anthem announced on July 24, 2015 that it would purchase Cigna, just three weeks after Aetna agreed to buy Human for $37 billion. The deal is valued at $54.2 billion, and would create the United States’ largest health insurer...more

Newsletter: Cooley M&A Team News - July 2015

As discussed in our March 2014 and April 2015 newsletters, in the last few years, there have been numerous developments in the law and practice surrounding appraisal rights under Delaware law. That trend has continued with...more

Divestiture Offer Fails to Save Merger Where FTC Wins on Market Definition Based on Customer Type

Eighteen months after the deal was first announced, Sysco Corporation (“Sysco”) and US Foods, Inc. (“USF”) abandoned their $3.5 billion merger following the Federal Trade Commission’s (the “FTC” or “Commission”) decisive...more

Four Things You Should Know About FTC v. Sysco Corp.

On June 29, 2015, following an eight-day evidentiary hearing, a federal district court granted the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC)request for a preliminary injunction to block an $8.2 billion proposed merger between the two...more

July Antitrust Bulletin

On June 29, 2015, Sysco Corp. announced that it was pulling the plug on its $3.5 billion proposed merger with US Foods Inc. The news comes less than a week after a Washington, D.C., federal judge concluded that the Federal...more

What Is The FTC Looking At When It Reviews Merger Agreements?

In our last post, we spoke about a proposed merger between office supply chains Office Depot and Staples. As we noted, Office Depot shareholders recently voted to go forward with the acquisition, but the Federal Trade...more

FTC Scores Decisive Win in Challenge to Food Distribution

On Tuesday, a federal judge issued an injunction blocking the Sysco – US Foods (“USF”) merger pending further administrative review by the FTC. The move, which ended Sysco’s acquisition plans, represents a decisive victory...more

Shareholders Approve Office Depot Acquisition, But Will FTC?

Whenever a merger of major companies is proposed, a lot has to happen before the vision becomes reality. Not only must the companies engage in talks both internally and with one another about the possibility of a merger or...more

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