The US DoJ agrees to refer the product market definition to binding arbitration (Novelis / Aleris Corporation)

For the first time in history, DOJ's Antitrust Division plans to use binding arbitration to resolve an important element of a merger challenge. As part of its lawsuit to block the proposed acquisition of Aleris Corporation by Novelis Inc., the parties and DOJ agreed to resolve the issue of market definition through binding arbitration, "should certain conditions be triggered." The specific triggering events, however, have not been disclosed publicly. DOJ implemented the relevant order and regulations for Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR") in the mid-1990s. This marks the first time DOJ has used its arbitration authority. Novelis, a Xat-rolled aluminum producer, entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Aleris, a relatively new producer of Xat-rolled aluminum, in July 2018.

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  • Jones Day (Washington DC)
  • Jones Day (Washington DC)
  • American Express (New York)

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Ryan C. Thomas, John M. Majoras, Keira Campbell, The US DoJ agrees to refer the product market definition to binding arbitration (Novelis / Aleris Corporation), 4 septembre 2019, e-Competitions September 2019, Art. N° 91834

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