The US FTC orders an oil company to terminate its storage and throughput rights in a key gasoline terminal sector (Par Petroleum)

On March 18, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ordered Par Petroleum Corporation to terminate its storage and throughput rights at a key gasoline terminal in Hawaii. This action will settle FTC charges seeking to prevent Par’s acquisition of Koko’oha Investments, Inc. Notably, the market structure created as a result of this remedy mirrors a market structure that was deemed anticompetitive in a 2005 FTC action. The two differing approaches to the same market highlight a key trend in the FTC’s merger enforcement: the focus on competitive effects of a transaction, as opposed to the resulting market structure. The Market for Hawaii-Grade Gasoline Blendstock The allegedly anticompetitive transaction affects the market for Hawaii-grade gasoline blendstock. Gasoline blendstock is

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  • McDermott Will & Emery (Paris)

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Jacques Buhart, The US FTC orders an oil company to terminate its storage and throughput rights in a key gasoline terminal sector (Par Petroleum), 18 March 2015, e-Competitions March 2015, Art. N° 93431

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