Lessons Learned – The State of Affairs in US Merger Review

In the last year, the US antitrust regulators successfully challenged multiple transactions in court and forced companies to abandon several other transactions as a result of threatened enforcement actions. Looking back at the different cases, there are some trends that we see developing in the government’s positioning on mergers, and these should be kept in mind as parties contemplate mergers and acquisitions moving forward.

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Bilal SayyedBilal Sayyed
Bilal Sayyed represents clients before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) in significant merger, civil and criminal antitrust matters. In addition to his representation of clients in antitrust and competition matters, Bilal represents clients before the FTC in consumer protection investigations. Read Bilal Sayyed's full bio.


Jeffrey W. BrennanJeffrey W. Brennan
Jeffrey W. Brennan (Jeff) has practiced exclusively antitrust law for three decades, including more than 20 years in private practice and nearly 10 years over two tours at the Federal Trade Commission, from 1985 to 1990 as a staff attorney handling mergers and from 2001 to 2006 as assistant director, then associate director, of the Bureau of Competition. His current practice includes merger clearance, antitrust litigation, investigations by the FTC, DOJ and state attorneys general, and counseling on competitor collaborations and many other antitrust compliance issues. Jeff’s clients cover many industries, with the highest number in the health care services and products sector. He is co-chair of the Firm’s Health Antitrust affinity group. Read Jeff Brennan's full bio.


Jon B. DubrowJon B. Dubrow
Jon B. Dubrow assists clients across a host of inter-related antitrust issues, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions / merger clearance, counseling and litigation. Jon leads the defense of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures before the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and foreign competition authorities. He also regularly assists third parties whose interests are adversely affected by proposed transactions. Jon also is experienced in antitrust litigation. He provides counseling on distribution issues, contracting arrangements and a wide variety of other competition-related matters. Read Jon Dubrow's full bio.


Joel R. GrosbergJoel R. Grosberg
Joel R. Grosberg defends clients on mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Department of Justice, state antitrust authorities, foreign competition authorities, as well as on antitrust litigation. Joel has significant experience in the high tech, chemical, health care and life sciences industries, including counseling on matters related to pricing and distribution practices and other competition-related issues. Read Joel Grosberg's full bio.


Raymond A. Jacobsen, Jr.Raymond A. Jacobsen, Jr.
Raymond (Ray) A. Jacobsen, Jr., advises clients on mergers, acquisitions and complex antitrust litigation. He has significant experience in the defense, medical devices, biotech, consumer product, energy and health care industries. Ray is the global head of McDermott's Antitrust Practice, and also serves on the Management Committee and Executive Committee. Read Raymond A. Jacobsen, Jr.'s full bio.

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