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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.

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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Antitrust M&A Snapshot


By , , and on Aug 6, 2018
Posted In DOJ Developments, EC Developments, EU Developments, FTC Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions, Monopolization/Abuse of Dominance

United States: April – June 2018 Update The second quarter of 2018 ushered in a trial defeat for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the beginning of a new era at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In June, Judge Richard J. Leon of the US District Court for the District of Columbia denied the...

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Three Lessons from AT&T/Time Warner and Three Strategies for Future Vertical Transactions


By , and on Jun 19, 2018
Posted In DOJ Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions

The challenges that the government faces in litigating vertical mergers was illustrated in the DOJ’s recent loss in its challenge of AT&T’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner. The result provides guidance for how companies can improve their odds of obtaining antitrust approval for similar transactions. Access the full article.

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Antitrust M&A Snapshot


By , , and on May 7, 2018
Posted In DOJ Developments, EC Developments, EU Developments, FTC Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions

United States: January – March 2018 Update One year into the Trump administration, the US antitrust agencies are finally starting to implement their enforcement policies. Most notably, trial began in the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) challenge of the AT&T/Time Warner merger, which is the Antitrust Division’s first significant vertical challenge in several decades. Judge...

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China to Consolidate Antitrust Law Enforcement Power


By on Mar 20, 2018
Posted In Chinese Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions, Monopolization/Abuse of Dominance

The Chinese government announced on March 13, 2018, that it will consolidate the duties of three competition agencies into a new government agency to handle all antitrust matters. While it is too early to tell how this reorganization will impact China’s review of transactions and conduct cases, we believe that this change could lead to...

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Antitrust Merger Enforcement Update: One Year into the Trump Administration


By , , and on Jan 30, 2018
Posted In DOJ Developments, EC Developments, FTC Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions

At the one year anniversary of the Trump administration, antitrust merger enforcement remains similar to the Obama administration, but it is still early to judge given the delays in antitrust appointments and given the DOJ’s lawsuit against the vertical AT&T/Time Warner transaction, the first vertical merger litigation in decades.  Below are some of the recent...

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Trump’s DOJ Challenges Merger Cleared during Waning Days of Obama Administration


By and on Sep 27, 2017
Posted In DOJ Developments, FTC Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions

WHAT HAPPENED On December 1, 2016 Parker-Hannifin agreed to acquire Clarcor for $4.3 billion. The merger agreement included a $200 million divestiture cap – that is, Parker-Hannifin was required, if necessary, to divest assets representing up to $200 million in net sales to obtain antitrust clearance. The initial antitrust waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act...

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Antitrust M&A Snapshot: April – June 2017 Update


By , , and on Aug 3, 2017
Posted In DOJ Developments, EC Developments, EU Developments, FTC Developments, Healthcare Antitrust, Joint Ventures/Competitor Collaboration, Mergers & Acquisitions, Monopolization/Abuse of Dominance

McDermott’s Antitrust M&A Snapshot is a resource for in-house counsel and others who deal with antitrust M&A issues but are not faced with these issues on a daily basis. In each quarterly issue, we will provide concise summaries of Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Department of Justice (DOJ) and European Commission (EC) news and events related to M&A,...

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McDermott Releases 1Q2017 Antitrust M&A Snapshot


By and on Apr 21, 2017
Posted In DOJ Developments, EC Developments, EU Developments, FTC Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions

McDermott’s Antitrust M&A Snapshot is a resource for in-house counsel and others who deal with antitrust M&A issues but are not faced with these issues on a daily basis. In each quarterly issue, we will provide concise summaries of Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Department of Justice (DOJ) and European Commission (EC) news and events related...

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