New Merger Guidelines Would Up Enforcer Flexibility

Law360, New York (April 20, 2010, 6:53 PM EDT) -- U.S. antitrust regulators have released proposed changes to the guidelines they follow when reviewing mergers, seeking comment on revisions experts said could elucidate the tools regulators currently use and potentially give enforcers additional flexibility when challenging mergers in court.

Regulators said Tuesday the changes were designed to ensure that the guidelines accurately reflect the current state of merger analysis at the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice, which has evolved considerably since the last guidelines were issued 18 years ago.

“There are areas...
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