Dechert (Washington)

Dennis S. Schmelzer

Dechert (Washington)

Dennis S. Schmelzer focuses his practice on antitrust and regulatory matters. He guides clients through all phases of merger reviews and investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), state attorneys general, and international competition and regulatory authorities. Mr. Schmelzer also has considerable experience with civil litigation, including advising clients through multidistrict class action proceedings and defending clients at trial. Mr. Schmelzer handles matters across a wide range of industries, including aviation, consumer and commercial electronics, energy, food products, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, retail, and travel. Based on a decade of experience, Mr. Schmelzer has been listed as a Rising Star for Antitrust Litigation in Washington, DC by Super Lawyers Magazine from 2015 through 2019. Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Schmelzer served as an associate at two other international law firms.


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James A. Fishkin, Beverly J. Ang, Dennis S. Schmelzer, Jonathan E. Greengarden The US FTC and DoJ announce that they have entered into settlements with the founder of a logistics company and a restaurant chain owner for alleged gun jumping violations (Clarence L. Werner) (Biglari)


Key takeaways Small incremental acquisitions may require HSR filings and the HSR waiting period to be observed. Subsequent acquisitions of a small amount of the same issuer’s voting securities after the HSR requirements have been satisfied may still require additional HSR filings. Even the mere (...)

James A. Fishkin, Beverly J. Ang, Dennis S. Schmelzer The US FTC and US DoJ temporarily suspend early terminations of the Hart–Scott–Rodino Act waiting period in merger reviews


Key Takeaways Companies should anticipate waiting a full 30 days for the HSR waiting period to expire for all transactions that have recently been notified or are soon-to-be notified under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (“HSR Act”). It is not clear how long this suspension of Early Terminations will (...)

James A. Fishkin, Dennis S. Schmelzer The US FTC and DoJ release Vertical Merger Guidelines, introducing the concepts of "diagonal mergers" and "mergers of complements" into the national antitrust lexicon


This article has been nominated for the 2021 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. On June 30, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission released final vertical merger guidelines that, for the first time, introduce the (...)

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