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Antitrust enforcement priorities for 2018

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

Health care antitrust in 2017 saw governmental agencies successfully pursue a number of enforcement actions. Examining these actions provides insight and guidance as to what might happen in antitrust enforcement in 2018 and...more

The Last Time DOJ Sued to Block a Vertical Merger was Over Forty Years Ago . . . And It Lost

On November 20, 2017, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) filed suit in the District Court for the District of Columbia to block AT&T’s attempted acquisition of Time Warner Inc. AT&T (through its cellular network, its...more

When Closing is Just the Beginning: Antitrust Authorities Unwinding Closed Transactions

by Goodwin on

In the last several months the United States’ federal antitrust enforcement authorities, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), have challenged and sought to unwind...more

CFIUS's Failure to Approve Chinese Investment in Money Transfer Services Company Indicates Higher Hurdles for Chinese Investment...

by Bryan Cave on

On January 2, 2018, MoneyGram International Inc. and Ant Financial Services Group announced that they had terminated their Amended Merger Agreement after they were unable to obtain approval of the transaction from the...more

2017 Antitrust Year in Review

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR) is pleased to present its 2017 Antitrust Year in Review.In this report, we summarize the most significant antitrust matters and developments of the past year. We begin with a look at...more

Healthcare Transactions: Year in Review

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On December 3, 2017, CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS) announced it would purchase health insurer Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET) for $67.5 billion, a transaction that would be one of the biggest healthcare mergers in the past decade. The...more

CFIUS in 2017: A Momentous Year

It has been at least a decade since the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) was the subject of as much focus, change, and consequence as it was in 2017. Please see full Newsletter below for more...more

Foreign Investment Control Heats Up: A Global Survey of Existing Regimes and Potential Significant Changes on the Horizon

by Jones Day on

Mergers and acquisitions by multinational companies require attention to foreign investment controls around the world, and such controls vary widely. For example, requirements for determining whether such controls apply, the...more

Congress Responds to Proposed Health Care Mergers with Calls for Hearings and New Merger-Related Legislation

by Baker Donelson on

December saw the announcement of several significant proposed mergers in the health care industry, each of which has the potential to reshape the industry. These transactions include both vertical mergers between health care...more

THE LATEST: FTC Challenges Retail Fuel Station and Convenience Store Transaction— Requires Ten Localized Divestitures in Wisconsin...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

WHAT HAPPENED: ..Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (ACT) and its subsidiaries (including Circle K Stores, Inc.) are engaged in the retail sale of gasoline and diesel fuel in the United States, as well as in the operation of...more

“Gun-jumping” – antitrust pre-closing risks and how to avoid them

by Dentons on

Competition authorities around the world – and in particular in Europe – have re-focused their attention on pre-closing behavior and transaction structures. These may conflict with antitrust rules in two ways: First,...more

UK Merger Control Scheme Is More Than Just Voluntary

Orrick’s Douglas Lahnborg and Saira Henry co-authored an article in Law360 about the merger process in the UK, and whether companies should consider seeking approval from the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The...more

FTC Wins Provider Merger Challenge in District Court

by King & Spalding on

On December 13, 2017, a federal district court issued an order preliminarily enjoining the merger of North Dakota healthcare providers, Sanford Health, Sanford Bismarck, (Sanford) and Mid Dakota Clinic, P.C. (MDC). The order...more

Delaware Supreme Court Clarifies Significance of Deal Price in Appraisal Cases

• For the second time in 2017, the Delaware Supreme Court reversed a Chancery Court’s decision to assign little or no weight to deal price in appraisal cases • In both cases, the court remained firm in its decision not to...more

Federal Court Enjoins North Dakota Physician Practice Merger

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On December 15, 2017, United States Magistrate Judge Alice Senechal of the District of North Dakota entered an order preliminarily enjoining the merger between two large physicians practices in the Bismarck/Mandan market,...more

L'ouverture à la concurrence du secteur ferroviaire en France : Spécificités et modalités

La fin du monopole d'État du secteur ferroviaire en France, demandée par la Commission Européenne, constitue un changement majeur dans la législation française et aura de nombreuses répercussions économiques,...more

Despite Presence of “Power Buyer,” FTC Obtains Preliminary Injunction of Proposed Physician Acquisition in North Dakota

by Mintz Levin on

While antitrust enforcement of hospital mergers is well-established, physician acquisitions have only recently and increasingly seen antitrust scrutiny. Last week, in a 69-page opinion, a federal district court granted the...more

FTC Granted Preliminary Injunction to Block Physician Practice Acquisition

On December 13, 2017 a magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota granted a request of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and North Dakota Attorney General to preliminarily enjoin Sanford...more

Africa Legal News - December 2017

by Jones Day on

The Treachery of Images - Most people are familiar with the famous painting by René Magritte called "The Treachery of Images" (1928). The picture shows a pipe and below it the caption "This is not a pipe." In Africa,...more

The Next Frontier in Hospital Mergers: Crossing Geographic Markets

With the Federal Trade Commission’s successful track record in challenging mergers of provider systems operating in the same geographic area, several hospitals are looking farther afield for merger partners. One recent...more

Sanford Health/Mid Dakota Clinic Healthcare Provider Merger Temporarily Blocked

by King & Spalding on

On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, a federal district court issued an order preliminarily enjoining the merger of North Dakota healthcare providers, Sanford Health, Sanford Bismarck, (together “Sanford”) and Mid Dakota Clinic,...more

THE LATEST: Antitrust Remains in Political Crosshairs for 2018 Midterm Elections

by McDermott Will & Emery on

WHAT HAPPENED: ..Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) gave a speech at the Open Markets Institute on December 6 entitled “Three Ways to Remake the American Economy for All”, in which she repeatedly positioned antitrust policy...more

2018 NDAA Analysis: Acquisition Workforce Improvements

by Holland & Knight LLP on

This is the sixth blog post in a series of blogs analyzing the current draft of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as agreed-to by House and Senate negotiators on November 8, 2017. Stay tuned for additional...more

Amendments to Australian Antitrust Regime Take Effect

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Australia has adopted a package of changes to its antitrust laws that are designed to give more power to its antitrust enforcement agency, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, and to increase...more

The Latest: FTC Challenges Non-HSR Reportable Retail Fuel Station Transaction— Requires Three Localized Divestitures in Alabama

by McDermott Will & Emery on

WHAT HAPPENED - • Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (ACT) is a Canadian corporation and is engaged in the retail sale of gasoline and diesel fuel in the United States. Circle K Stores, Inc. (Circle K) is a wholly owned...more

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