The US FTC simplifies the process of in-depth merger reviews for foreign and domestic companies

Marking an important reform to US antitrust policy, regulators at the Federal Trade Commission (‘FTC’) have announced changes meant to simplify the process of in-depth merger reviews for foreign and domestic companies. In February, the FTC, the agency that shares antitrust oversight of mergers and acquisitions with the US Department of Justice (‘DOJ’), implemented changes to its merger review process that seek to make compliance with in-depth investigations less burdensome to companies. The goal is to curtail such investigations in several key areas, including demands for documents, empirical data, backup tapes, privilege logs, and de-duplication procedures. Many of these objectives have been recognised negotiating points between the FTC staff and companies for many years. With the

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  • White & Case (Washington)
  • White & Case (Washington)

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George Paul, Douglas Jasinski, The US FTC simplifies the process of in-depth merger reviews for foreign and domestic companies, 16 February 2006, e-Competitions Bulletin February 2006, Art. N° 37108

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