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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.

Recent Merger Reviews Demonstrate Increased FTC and DOJ Focus on Acquisitions of Nascent Competitors


By , , and on Jan 13, 2020
Posted In DOJ Developments, FTC Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions

Three recent antitrust merger reviews involving nascent competition demonstrate enforcers are paying close attention to acquisitions by industry leaders of emerging, but early-stage competitors. The US antitrust agencies have been criticized for allowing leading technology companies to extend their entrenched positions to multiple markets or technologies through acquisitions. We are now seeing regulators increasing their...

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6 Trends in Global Antitrust M&A, and How General Counsel Can Deal with Them


By and on Oct 16, 2019
Posted In Chinese Developments, DOJ Developments, EC Developments, FTC Developments, German Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions

Today, companies looking to merge with others across jurisdictions would do well to consider antitrust issues at the beginning of the transaction process; regulatory antitrust challenges to M&A are increasing globally. On Corporate Counsel, McDermott partners Jon B. Dubrow and Joel R. Grosberg discuss six risks to deals from antitrust regulators, such as vertical merger...

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Antitrust M&A Snapshot | US Tackles Vertical Merger Enforcement Guidelines while the EC Blocks 2 Transactions


By , , , and on May 15, 2019
Posted In DOJ Developments, EC Developments, EU Developments, FTC Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions

The first quarter of 2019 proved to be as active as ever for antitrust regulators in both the United States and Europe. In the United States, vertical merger enforcement was the focus of a few high-profile matters. The US DOJ has been working on an update to the Non-Horizontal Merger Guidelines, possibly providing clarification for...

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Antitrust M&A Snapshot | Regulator Focus on High-Tech Transactions, Acquisitions and Impact on Innovations


By , , , , and on Mar 11, 2019
Posted In DOJ Developments, EC Developments, FTC Developments, German Developments, Joint Ventures/Competitor Collaboration, Mergers & Acquisitions

Antitrust regulators in the United States and Europe were very active in the final quarter of 2018 closing a large number of cases requiring in-depth investigations. In the United States, regulators continue their focus on the potential need to update their methods of reviewing high-tech transactions with public hearings on the future of antitrust enforcement....

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Out of Bounds: Sports Agencies Flagged for Anticompetitive Bidding Agreements


By and on Feb 27, 2019
Posted In Cartel Enforcement, DOJ Developments, Joint Ventures/Competitor Collaboration, Mergers & Acquisitions

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) recently sued former joint venture partners because they allegedly coordinated their competitive activities beyond the legitimate scope of their venture. This case illustrates several important points. First, companies who collaborate through joint ventures and similar arrangements need to be mindful that any legitimate collaborative activity does not “spill over”...

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Aerospace & Defense Series: Antitrust Risks for Aerospace and Defense Contractors in Employment Practices


By on Feb 19, 2019
Posted In Cartel Enforcement, DOJ Developments, FTC Developments, Private Litigation

As highlighted in a recent lawsuit, aerospace and defense contractors can face various antitrust risks when using certain tactics to prevent other companies from hiring their employees. See Hunter v. Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp., No. 2:19-CV-411 (S.D. Ohio). The plaintiff, a former intelligence professional who worked at the US government’s Joint Intelligence Operations Center...

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THE LATEST: FTC Allows Problematic Vertical Merger to Proceed with a Behavioral Remedy


By and on Feb 5, 2019
Posted In DOJ Developments, FTC Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions

On January 28, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had accepted a proposed settlement with office supply distributors Staples and Essendant in connection with Staples’ proposed $482.7 million acquisition of Essendant. The settlement suggests that the FTC is currently more willing than the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to accept conduct remedies...

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New FTC Interpretation Will Require HSR Act Filing for Many Hospital Affiliation Transactions


By , and on Nov 20, 2018
Posted In FTC Developments, Healthcare Antitrust, Mergers & Acquisitions

The Premerger Notification Office (PNO) of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently formalized a new position on Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR Act) reporting obligations for certain not-for-profit, non-stock transactions. The change is currently in effect and applies to transactions that have not yet closed. The change in position will require reporting of many hospital transactions that...

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Antitrust M&A Snapshot


By , , and on Nov 7, 2018
Posted In DOJ Developments, EC Developments, EU Developments, FTC Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions, Monopolization/Abuse of Dominance

United States: July – September 2018 Update Both US antitrust agencies marked the third quarter of 2018 with significant policy announcements regarding the merger review process. The announced reforms seek to expedite the review process through cooperation between the agencies and the merging parties. Moving first, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) revealed a Model Timing...

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DOJ Announces Procedural Reforms Seeking to Resolve Merger Investigations within 6 Months of Filing


By , and on Sep 25, 2018
Posted In DOJ Developments, FTC Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions

Today, Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim announced a series of reforms with the express goal to resolve most merger investigations within six months of filing. The reforms seek to place the burden of faster reviews not only on the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), but also on the merging parties. The DOJ will...

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