The Antitrust Review of the Americas 2018

United States: Mergers

08 September 2017

US merger enforcement over the past year has been marked by continuity in the face of uncertainty. The surprising election and presidency of Donald Trump has raised questions about the direction of merger enforcement that remain largely unresolved, though the Trump antitrust doctrine is, at a minimum, expected to pull back significantly from the aggressive enforcement of the Obama years. That said, a number of significant enforcement actions have been threatened or announced in the early months of the Trump administration, and the acting and incoming antitrust leadership have for the most part voiced a message of antitrust stability, suggesting that any dramatic changes in antitrust enforcement will emerge slowly, if at all.

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