Work Area: Merger Control

The Repeal of Hart-Scott-Rodino

Since Democrats took the reins at the Federal Trade Commission, they have made changes to the merger review process that have drawn criticism from their Republican colleagues. In an exclusive piece, Republican Commissioner Noah Phillips outlines his concerns about how the new processes could be undermining the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, which guides US merger control.

06 October 2021

Facebook seeks to shut down FTC’s lawsuit once again

The Federal Trade Commission lacks the evidence and votes necessary to find Facebook liable for violating US antitrust law, the company has argued in support of its motion to dismiss the agency’s amended complaint.

05 October 2021

Last tickets remaining for GCR merger control conference in Brussels

Tickets are still available for GCR Live: Merger Control in Brussels on Thursday, which features enforcers past and present from the United States and Europe.

04 October 2021

Powers stresses cooperation with FTC on merger enforcement

Acting assistant attorney general Richard Powers has emphasised that collaboration with the Federal Trade Commission is a top priority for the Antitrust Division as the FTC pushes ahead with a stricter approach to merger enforcement.

04 October 2021

Germany blocks newspaper deal

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has issued a rare decision to block media publisher Funke Mediengruppe’s proposed acquisition of a full stake in daily newspaper Ostthüringer Zeitung, citing concerns that it could lead to another regional newspaper monopoly.

29 September 2021

FTC broadens the scope of its merger probes

The Federal Trade Commission has expanded the scope of questions it is asking merging parties during investigations to address potential “blind spots,” the head of the agency’s antitrust arm has said.

29 September 2021

German court overturns approval of telecoms joint venture

A court in Düsseldorf has overturned a decision by Germany’s antitrust watchdog to conditionally clear a joint venture between EWE and Deutsche Telekom that allowed both companies to expand their fibre optic networks in the northwestern part of the country.

28 September 2021

Phillips: New merger “taxes” likely to harm smaller businesses

Recent changes in merger policy at the Federal Trade Commission are more likely to harm smaller companies than bigger ones, a Republican member has said.

28 September 2021

Germany proposes merger control reforms under DMA

The German government has published a legal opinion suggesting that merger control provisions be included in the Digital Markets Act.

27 September 2021

Khan outlines sweeping agency vision in memo to staff

Federal Trade Commission chair Lina Khan has told career staff and her fellow commissioners that she intends to broaden the scope of the agency’s mission far beyond that of previous administrations.

24 September 2021

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