Deal Scrutiny Under Obama Less Harsh Than Expected

Law360, New York (February 22, 2010, 4:20 PM EST) -- Despite the Obama administration’s tough talk about antitrust enforcement and merger scrutiny, attorneys said they have seen little change in regulators' handling of deal challenges.

Although antitrust officials have seemed somewhat quicker to bare their teeth than in the past, the biggest merger so far under President Barack Obama’s watch — the suit over Live Nation Worldwide Inc.’s $2.5 billion acquisition of Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. — was not handled much differently than it would have been when President George W. Bush was in office, some attorneys...
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