Merger Notification and Clearance

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Our antitrust and merger clearance team has significant experience in providing notification of transactions to, and obtaining clearance from, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, and the European Commission. Our attorneys have represented some of the world's largest companies as buyers and sellers, as well as numerous interested and concerned parties, and they regularly appear before the U.S. and European competition authorities in connection with those transactions.  Our team also has experience in representing clients before Defense Department officials who work closely with the U.S. antitrust agencies to evaluate the competitive impact of transactions in defense markets, and in supporting counsel defending the transaction before other regulatory agencies, including the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and Department of Transportation and before State Attorneys General offices. Our team works closely with our clients, our colleagues, and, where appropriate, respected local counsel, through every part of the antitrust review process, including:

  • analyzing substantive antitrust and competition risk associated with the transaction;
  • negotiating and drafting antitrust and regulatory covenants for the transaction agreement;
  • allocating antitrust risk associated with the transaction;
  • diligence and integration planning;
  • identifying potential director or officer “interlocks” that may arise from an acquisition of the target company, its minority investments, or with respect to any potential new board members or board appointed officers of the surviving entity;
  • analyzing worldwide merger notification requirements and submitting required and, where warranted, voluntary notification filings;
  • pre- and post-merger notification advocacy with the relevant antitrust and competition authorities in support of the transaction;
  • compliance with antitrust laws during the transaction’s pre-clearance and pre-consummation periods (“gun-jumping” concerns);
  • collecting, analyzing and submitting documents and data responsive to “requests for additional information” and in response to EC Phase I or Phase II two investigations;
  • working with the client’s business team, senior leadership, and economic experts to explain, advocate for, and defend the transaction;
  • crafting, proposing and defending (where necessary) remedies – divestiture or conduct proposals – to address the antitrust agencies’ competitive concerns arising from a transaction; and
  • where necessary, going to court to defend the transaction.

Our antitrust and merger clearance team represents parties who may be harmed by a merger, acquisition, or joint venture and notifies the appropriate antitrust and competition authorities of transactions that may raise competitive concerns, identifies the manner in which that harm may develop, and advocates for agency action that protects our clients and their customers. We also help our clients respond to information requests (civil investigative demands, subpoenas duces tecum) as third parties to a government merger (or non-merger) investigation.

Our team has extensive experience representing parties as buyers of assets or businesses that merging parties may be required to divest in order to obtain merger clearance, advocating on behalf of our client to the merging parties and antitrust agencies that our client is a suitable buyer to operate the assets post-divestiture.

 

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