Private Equity Deals Spark Antitrust Debate

Law360, New York (May 16, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Billion dollar buyouts by groups of private equity funds have regulators questioning whether these joint bids violate antitrust laws. But while some call the deals clear-cut examples of collusion, others argue that they are protected by securities laws, touching off a debate that may affect companies and shareholders across the country.

In 2006, private equity groups made over $1 trillion in deals, marking an unprecedented boom in the industry. With that much money involved, it came as no surprise to the industry when regulators took an...
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