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Editor: Brian JM Quinn
Boston College Law School

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Antitrust Enforcement Activity

The FTC and Department of Justice have just released their HSR report for 2011.

Mayer Brown has issued a client alert analyzing the report, which notes  (among other things), that

  • A significant increase in Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) filings, continuing a trend from the low point in 2009 after the economic downturn;
  • The Obama administration continues to investigate a higher percentage of mergers than did the previous administration; and
  • As has been the case since 2009, once a full investigation is opened, there is a high likelihood that the investigation will result in the government challenging the transaction.

Based on the report, Mayer Brown warns that parties considering mergers and acquisitions should expect continued aggressive antitrust enforcement by the Obama administration.



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