Antitrust Danger Doesn't End When Deal Is Consummated

Law360, New York (January 13, 2014, 1:18 PM EST) -- After a five-year dispute, the Federal Trade Commission will unwind Polypore International Inc.’s $76 million acquisition of Microporous Products LP. This divestiture serves as a reminder that the risk of antitrust enforcement action does not end once a deal is consummated.

Upon announcing the divestiture, the director of the FTC Bureau of Competition commented that “The Commission can and will investigate consummated mergers, and when appropriate will require divestitures to remedy the effects of a transaction that substantially lessens competition.” This risk is most significant for...
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