The US DoJ and FTC issue new merger guidelines intensifying the discussion on market definition and market concentration in merger reviews

Status quo of structural assumption in merger control* Public discussion on merger control in the last few years of has put the spotlight on two elements of contemporary merger analysis: market definition and market concentration, of which the former has raised considerable debate, in particular. It has been asked if market definition has de facto become superfluous to merger analysis due to some modern developments in merger assessment techniques, and if not, has its role still changed? Along with this debate, a more intense discussion on the role of market concentration in merger analysis has been revived. By somewhat generalizing, overall the discussion has made us face the question: are the days of traditional structural assumption really over and, if so, to what extent? On the

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Mika Oinonen, The US DoJ and FTC issue new merger guidelines intensifying the discussion on market definition and market concentration in merger reviews, 19 August 2010, e-Competitions August 2010, Art. N° 40054

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