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The FTC’s Challenge of Red Ventures–Bankrate: Antitrust Risks in Deals Backed by Private Equity Minority Shareholders

On November 3, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint challenging Red Ventures’ proposed acquisition of Bankrate. The FTC alleged that the deal likely would have lessened competition in the market for...more

DOJ’s Challenge of Parker-Clarcor: HSR Clearance Does Not Equal Safe From DOJ Challenge

On September 26, the DOJ challenged Parker-Hannifin’s $4.3-billion consummated acquisition of Clarcor, serving as a reminder that receiving HSR clearance does not immunize transactions from being challenged, even after...more

Fifth Annual Report Reviews Global Antitrust Developments

Shearman & Sterling’s 2017 Antitrust Annual Report reflects our lawyers’ experience and insights on key antitrust risks affecting our clients’ businesses. Please see full Report below for more information....more

FTC Increases HSR Thresholds for 2017

The US Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has revised and, once again, raised the thresholds for the Hart Scott Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “HSR Act”). The HSR Act may require that parties to...more

Antitrust Reverse Termination Fees--2016 Q3 Update

This post updates the public deal antitrust reverse termination fee database through September 30, 2016. An antitrust reverse termination fee (ARTF), sometimes called an antitrust reverse breakup fee, is a fee payable by...more

Antitrust Reverse Termination Fees--2016 Q2 Update

This post updates the public deal antitrust reverse termination fee database through June 30, 2016. An antitrust reverse termination fee (ARTF), sometimes called an antitrust reverse breakup fee, is a fee payable by the...more

ValueAct Settles for Record HSR Fine

Activist investor ValueAct Capital agreed to pay an $11 million fine and also agreed to injunctive relief to settle the DOJ’s allegations that it violated the HSR Act in connection with its acquisition of over $2.5 billion of...more

FTC Records Two Wins as Staples-Office Depot Merger Abandoned for a Second Time

On May 10, Staples and Office Depot announced that they would be terminating their $6.3 billion merger in the wake of a federal judge’s decision to issue a preliminary injunction blocking the deal. This represents the second...more

Activism (Re)Defined: DOJ Files Complaint Against ValueAct for Alleged HSR Act Violation

In filing a complaint and seeking $19 million of damages against ValueAct for failing to file a premerger notification and observe the statutory waiting period pursuant to the HSR Act in connection with its 2014 purchase of...more

Formal Proposal to Delay Implementation of MiFID II Package to 2018

The European Commission has proposed to delay the application of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive and Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation by one year. The proposed extension is due to concerns about the...more

2/12/2016  /  Delays , EU , Financial Markets , MiFID II

FTC Increases HSR Notification Thresholds for 2016

Effective February 25, 2016, the US Federal Trade Commission has raised the thresholds for the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, which requires that parties to proposed stock or asset acquisitions exceeding...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

9/28/2015  /  Disruptive Technology , FTC , Mergers

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

Antitrust Reverse Termination Fees--2015 Update

This post updates one we did last May analyzing antitrust reverse breakup fees in public deals since January 1, 2005. An antitrust reverse termination fee (ARTF), sometimes called an antitrust reverse breakup fee, is a...more

2/6/2015

FTC Increases HSR Notification Thresholds for 2015

The US Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has revised and, once again, raised the thresholds for the Hart Scott Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “HSR Act”). The HSR Act may require that parties to...more

1/22/2015

Sample Antitrust-Related Provisions in M&A Agreements

In this article: - Definitions - Representations and Warranties - Conditions Precedent - General Efforts Covenants - Conduct of Business Covenants - Merger Control Filing...more

Ski Manufacturers Hit for Off-Piste Non-Compete

When it comes to the US Federal Trade Commission, healthy competition for ski manufacturers is just as important off the slopes as on. Ski equipment makers, Tecnica Group and Marker Völkl, learned this lesson on Monday when...more

Antitrust Reverse Termination Fees--2014 Update

This post updates one we did over a year ago analyzing antitrust reverse breakup fees in public deals since January 1, 2005. An antitrust reverse termination fee (ARTF), sometimes called an antitrust reverse breakup...more

FTC Workshop Seeks to Spark Biosimilars Competition

Demand for biologics is growing fast, but even after Congress passed authorizing legislation in 2010, the pace of generic entry appears to have stalled. Seeking to spur increased generic competition, the FTC held an all-day...more

FTC Increases HSR Notification Thresholds for 2014

The US Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has revised and, once again, raised the thresholds for the Hart Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “HSR Act”). The HSR Act requires that parties to...more

Bazaarvoice Shows Courts’ and Agencies’ Orthodox Approach to Mergers in High-Tech Markets

The District Court’s decision finding the Bazaarvoice/PowerReviews acquisition unlawful demonstrates that agencies and courts will continue to apply traditional methods of merger analysis based on market definition and market...more

Vickers Recommendations on Bank Ring-fencing Made Law in the UK

New laws requiring the ring-fencing of retail banking from investment banking have been enacted in the UK. The protection of retail businesses was one of many recommendations made by the Independent Commission on Banking in...more

Sample Antitrust-Related Provisions in M&A Agreements--2013 Edition

This note provides a much expanded sample of antitrust-related provisons in M&A agreements over the one we posted in August 2012. As before, the sample provisions have been taken (sometimes with a little modification) from...more

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