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George Paul

White & Case (Washington)
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George Paul is an antitrust lawyer advising clients on a range of international competition issues, including litigation, merger clearance, and criminal defense, often involving multiple competition agencies across the globe. He has significant experience in antitrust counseling and litigation arising from US and cross-border mergers and joint ventures before the Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission and other authorities. He regularly advises clients on merger control filings for cross-border transactions and coordinate their HSR and international filings efforts. He has handled complex antitrust issues for a variety of companies, in a variety of industries, such as retailing, healthcare, mining services, petrochemicals, consumer products and electronics. His experience also includes regularly counseling companies and individuals on criminal antitrust matters before enforcement agencies from around the world, including the US Department of Justice, US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, EU, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Canada, Korea, New Zealand, and South Africa. He work closely with the Firm’s international offices in defending global clients in criminal antitrust grand jury investigations in the United States and has advised clients facing global cartel investigations. Mr. Paul was recently recognized by Legal 500 USA as a "world-class antitrust lawyer" with "an impressive track record for merger-related antitrust issues."

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5854 Bulletin

Mark J. Gidley, George Paul, Rebecca H. Farrington, Martin M. Toto, Heather Greenfield, Daniel Rosenthal, Naari Ha The US FTC announces annual changes to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act notification thresholds

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On January 21, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the annual changes to the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act notification thresholds. The FTC is required by law to revise the jurisdictional thresholds annually, based on the change in gross national product. Accordingly, the 2022 (...)

Jaclyn Phillips, Andrew Black, George Paul The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit hears an appeal brought by 48 State Attorney Generals against a ruling by a District Court in a Big Tech refusal to deal case (Meta)

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Application of the Proper ‘Outer Boundary’ of Antitrust Liability for Alleged Refusals to Deal in New York v Facebook* Introduction The States brought an antitrust complaint against Facebook alleging that various conduct violated Section 2 of the Sherman Act. The ICLE brief addresses the (...)

Mark J. Gidley, George Paul, Rebecca H. Farrington, Douglas Jasinski, Anna Kertesz, Ashley Stoner The US FTC votes 3-2 to enact a major policy change relevant to every party involved in settling a merger investigation after signaling its intent to bring back an old practice of mandatory prior approval and notice provisions in consent orders earlier this year

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On October 25, 2021, a deeply divided FTC voted 3-2 to enact a major policy change relevant to every party involved in settling a merger investigation with the FTC. Earlier this year, the FTC signaled its intent to bring back an old practice of mandatory prior approval and notice provisions in (...)

Tilman Kuhn, Strati Sakellariou-Witt, Mark J. Gidley, Kathryn Jordan Mims, George Paul, Mark D. Powell, Cristina Caroppo, Peter Citron The EU Commission plans a series of dawn raids to investigate anticompetitive practices in labor markets

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No-poach agreements on the European Commission dawn raid radar* In a speech on 22 October 2021, EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager revealed that the European Commission was planning a series of dawn raids for the months to come. She highlighted that the European Commission is not (...)

Mark J. Gidley, George Paul, Rebecca H. Farrington, Nicholas Putz, Jaclyn Phillips, Chenyuan Fu The US FTC starts issuing "Pre-Consummation Warning Letters" for transactions investigations which may need to remain open beyond the regular HSR waiting period

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On Tuesday, August 3, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission announced a new approach for merger investigations that the FTC does not complete during the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR) waiting period—the FTC may advise merging parties via a Warning Letter that its investigation remains open despite the (...)

Mark J. Gidley, George Paul, Jack E. Pace, Kathryn Jordan Mims, Kristen O’Shaughnessy, Kevin Adam, Jaclyn Phillips, Abdul Hafiz, Erin McNamee The US President Joe Biden signs an executive order instructing more than a dozen federal agencies to promptly tackle some of the most pressing competition problems across the national economy

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A new Executive Order signed by President Biden includes 72 initiatives instructing more than a dozen federal agencies, including the US Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, to, according to the White House’s Fact Sheet, "promptly tackle some of the most pressing competition (...)

Mark J. Gidley, George Paul, Rebecca H. Farrington, Martin M. Toto, Kathryn Jordan Mims, Michael E. Hamburger, Daniel Rosenthal, Adam Acosta, Jaclyn Phillips The US State of New York Senate adopts a legislation prohibiting abuse of dominance and requiring new thresholds for the State’s pre-merger notification system

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While Congress has been the epicenter of an ongoing antitrust debate—with US legislators on both sides of the aisle urging vast reforms—the New York State legislature is pursuing a state bill that would arguably ensnare more conduct and transactions in antitrust law’s web than anything proposed, (...)

Daniel Rosenthal, Rebecca H. Farrington, Mark J. Gidley, George Paul, Regina Loureiro The US DoJ and US FTC temporarily suspend grants of early termination of waiting period in merger reviews under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act

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The Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") and Department of Justice ("DOJ") announced today that they are temporarily suspending any grants of early termination under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act ("HSR Act"). The HSR Act is the federal premerger notification program, which requires parties to notify (...)

Mark J. Gidley, George Paul, Rebecca H. Farrington, Martin M. Toto, Noah A. Brumfield, Daniel Rosenthal, Nicholas Putz The US FTC announces annual changes to HSR thresholds for merger notification

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On February 1, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the annual changes to the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act notification thresholds. The FTC is required by law to revise the jurisdictional thresholds annually, based on the change in gross national product. Accordingly, the 2021 (...)

Heather Greenfield, Mark D. Powell, Nicholas Putz, George Paul, Rebecca H. Farrington, Axel P. Schulz, Jan Jeram The US DoJ and FTC implement policies in response to COVID-19 including new measures to the HSR e-filing system

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Last week, in response to the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the antitrust agencies in the United States and European Union issued policies that will affect, and may delay, merger filings and reviews. On March 13, 2020, the US Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Federal Trade (...)

George Paul, Mark J. Gidley, Martin M. Toto, Noah A. Brumfield, Rebecca H. Farrington The US Federal Trade Commission announces the annual changes to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act notification thresholds

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On January 26, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the annual changes to the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act notification thresholds. The FTC is required by law to revise the jurisdictional thresholds annually, based on the change in gross national product. Accordingly, the 2018 (...)

George Paul, Noah A. Brumfield, Rebecca H. Farrington The Chinese MOFCOM reviews a merger in the communication sector, before it is called off because of the length of the merger control review process (Publicis / Omnicom)

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This article has been nominated for the 2015 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. Advertising giants Omnicom Group and Publicis Groupe called off their US$35 billion merger on May 8, 2014, terminating a transaction that would have created the (...)

George Paul, Gregory Pryor, Rebecca H. Farrington The U.S. Department of Justice prohibits a merger between the two leading providers of ratings and reviews platforms that resulted in the elimination of meaningful competition in that sector, despite the fact that the transaction was non reportable (Bazaarvoice / PowerReviews)

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If you thought not having to report your proposed acquisition to the US Department of Justice and the US Federal Trade Commission meant never worrying about antitrust issues, think again. The DOJ’s recent pursuit of Bazaarvoice, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of PowerReviews, Inc. (...)

Charles Moore, George Paul, Lynn Diamond, Mark J. Gidley, Martin M. Toto, Noah A. Brumfield, Rebecca H. Farrington The US FTC and DoJ issue new premerger reporting rules introducing new obligations for private equity funds and hedge funds

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This article has been nominated for the 2012 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. New rules issued by the Federal Trade Commission on July 7, 2011 will streamline some information required for the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (“HSR Act”) Notification (...)

George Paul The US Federal Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit issues a decision in the healthcare sector clarifying the bounds of lawful information exchanges in pre-merger due diligence (Omnicare / UnitedHealth)

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Federal Appeals Court Clarifies the Bounds of Lawful Information Exchanges in Pre-Merger Due Diligence* Information sharing between merging parties is a crucial part of pre-merger due diligence, yet courts have rarely weighed in to clarify when, if ever, such information exchanges run afoul of (...)

George Paul, Jack E. Pace, Joseph Angland, Mark J. Gidley, Martin M. Toto, Robert Milne The Department of Justice withdraws the report untitled Competition and Monopoly (Single-Firm Conduct under Section 2 of the Sherman Act that had been issued by the Division in September 2008)

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On May 11, 2009, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), in a speech by new Assistant Attorney General Christine A. Varney and a press release issued later in the day, formally withdrew the report entitled Competition and Monopoly: Single-Firm Conduct under Section 2 of the (...)

2317 Review

Paula Farani De Azevedo Silveira, Paula de Andrade Baqueiro, Mor Bakhoum, Arsenio M. Balisacan, Luis Guilherme Ahlo Batista, Laurie Binge, Kevin Davis, Eleanor M. Fox, Gönenç Gürkaynak, Timothy T. Hughes, Helen Kean, Liberty Mncube, Marcio De Oliveira Jr, Leni Papa, George Paul, Daniel Rubinfeld, Pablo Trevisán Competition law and developing countries: Overarching themes from Africa, cartels and corruption, and mergers

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In this edition we present an overarching view of competition law and developing countries, then pick up themes, such as cartels, corruption and mergers, from the “Antitrust and developing and emerging economies” annual Concurrences review Conference held on November 1st, 2019, at the New York (...)

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