By Melissa Lipman (January 2, 2017, 1:03 PM EST) -- After eight years of the Obama administration's tough approach to merger review, some of 2016's biggest transactions now await approval as the antitrust agencies are set to transition to new leadership under President-elect Donald Trump.
The U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission have hardly held back over the last year. The DOJ's Antitrust Division decided to go to court to stop two blockbuster health insurance mergers, while the FTC faced early setbacks in two hospital merger challenges, only to prevail on appeal.
But it remains unclear to what extent the watchdogs might slow down on merger challenges under...
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