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Presidential Election Sets Deadline For Mergers

Law360 (May 9, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- For any company plotting a complex merger and anticipating intense scrutiny from U.S. antitrust regulators, there's a looming deadline drawn by the upcoming presidential election.

Deal makers don't have much time left to craft high-profile, intricate mergers in time to get them cleared by U.S. regulators under the Bush administration, rather than face the uncertainty of a new president and new attitudes towards antitrust policy.

“There is widespread anticipation that the next administration will more aggressively enforce the antitrust laws. Particularly at the Department of Justice,...
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