DOJ, FTC Want To Overhaul Merger Guidelines

By Bryan Koenig (January 18, 2022, 7:13 PM EST) -- The Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice got the ball rolling Tuesday on what could be an overhaul of their approach to merger reviews and asked for public comment to help shape guidelines likely to be much tougher on transactions, especially in the digital space.

The fanfare surrounding the opening of the 60-day public comment period, to be followed by a planned first draft that would undergo revisions based on additional feedback, further cements much of the Biden administration's approach to merger review: a general belief that enforcement in recent decades has been too permissive and has allowed...

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