The Antitrust Review of the Americas 2016

US: Technology Mergers

Flying ‘High’ on the antitrust enforcement radar The pace of strategic deal-making has electrified corporate America over the past year and has kept antitrust enforcers on their toes in analysing the potential competitive effects of these deals. In FY 2014, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reviewed 1,663 HSR reportable transactions, a 25 per cent increase over the previous year and the highest volume of reportable deals since 2008.1 Overall, the surge in M&A activity continues to be driven by a mammoth wave of high-tech and pharmaceutical deals, many of which have garnered significant antitrust scrutiny.

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