dcsimg Antitrust Mergers and Acquisitions

Antitrust Mergers and Acquisitions

Sometimes business growth and expansion depends on the ability of our lawyers to get a merger or acquisition approved by competition authorities. Our lawyers have years of experience in obtaining Hart-Scott-Rodino clearance for mergers and acquisitions from the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

We know the people, the process and the policies of the FTC, DOJ and other regulatory bodies around the world, including the European Commission. We also know the complex legal and economic issues that generally lie at the core of any merger or acquisition.

We advise clients on all aspects of transactions and work closely with them and economists or other professionals to develop strategies for each step of the approval process. Experience and state-of-the-art technology allow us to handle the largest and most complex “second requests” for documents quickly and efficiently. We are equally experienced in litigating transactions that antitrust enforcement agencies seek to enjoin and in negotiating and putting in place remedies where required.

Even for transactions that do not present substantial antitrust risks, we advise clients regarding potential “gun jumping” liability associated with premerger coordination and transition planning. We also represent third parties asked to provide information in connection with a merger investigation, as well as clients who wish to object to particular merger transactions.

CONTACTS

Howard Feller Partner T: +1 804 775 4393
James H. Walsh Partner T: +1 804 775 4356
Amy B. Manning Partner T: +1 312 750 8904
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RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR OUTCOME.

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Major carrier of liquid chemicals

Represented a chemical tanker company in a class arbitration in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of our client on whether it is consistent with the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) to impose class arbitration where an arbitration clause is silent on class treatment.
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Corporation

Represented a corporation that failed to make required HSR notifications and resolved the issue without any civil penalty or fine.
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Fertilizer and process chemicals suppliers

Obtained UK phase two clearance, with remedies, of a fertilizer and process chemicals joint venture between the only two domestic suppliers.
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Guided clients through the global merger control regime maze

Counsel on various transactions subject to the EU Merger Regulation, including phase one and two clearances subject to remedies. Sectors include construction machinery, agricultural machinery, process machinery, transport, healthcare, electronic equipment and chemicals. Counsel on various transactions reviewed under the UK merger control and public interest rules, including phase one and two clearances subject to remedies. Sectors include process machinery, transport, chemicals, defence and retail. Counsel on a large number of multi-jurisdictional merger control matters on a worldwide basis, including obtaining clearances subject to remedies.
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Large UK chemical manufacturing facility

Obtained EU phase one clearance of the acquisition of a large UK chemical manufacturing facility by a competitor.
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Pharmaceutical company

Representation of a pharmaceutical company in FTC investigation of a proposed merger.
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Private equity firms

Advice to private equity firms on a range of actual and proposed transactions.
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Seller company

Represented the seller in an FTC investigation of a non-reportable transaction in the home security industry.
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Vassilis Akritidis
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1000 Brussels

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