Merger Clearance

When clients explore growth and expansion, they come to our team to get their merger or acquisition approved by competition authorities. Our lawyers have years of experience obtaining Hart-Scott-Rodino and foreign clearance for mergers and acquisitions, as well as litigating transactions challenged by antitrust enforcement agencies.

We know the people, the process and the policies of the Federal Trade Commission, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and other regulatory bodies around the world, including the European Commission. The team also understands the complex legal and economic issues at the core of any merger or acquisition. We work closely with companies, economists and other professionals to develop strategies for each step of the approval process. Experience and state-of-the-art technology also allow us to handle the largest and most complex “second requests” for documents quickly and efficiently.

Our lawyers litigate transactions that antitrust enforcement agencies seek to enjoin and negotiate and establish remedies where required. Even for transactions that do not present substantial antitrust risks, we advise clients regarding potential “gun jumping” liability associated with pre-merger coordination and transition planning. We also represent third parties asked to provide information in connection with a merger investigation, as well as clients interested in raising objections to particular transactions. .



    Private equity firms

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


    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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