'Strategic’ Deal-Making: Will Agencies End The Party?

Law360, New York (June 17, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT) -- The deal economy is heating up again, and many of these deals are strategic (read: "regulatory sensitive among competitors") in nature. This is putting the antitrust enforcement agencies and many antitrust deal lawyers back to work grasping the tough antitrust merger review issues.

In fact, in several recent auction-style deals such as those involving airlines or auto rental companies, antitrust — and the response of the antitrust agencies during their merger review of these deals — appears to be the overriding consideration, trumping even many of...
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