New antitrust guidelines for mergers

antitrust imageU.S. antitrust regulators from the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission have proposed new guidelines for how they scrutinize mergers for possible antitrust violations.  Law Professor Keith Hylton, an antitrust law authority, and School of Management finance Professor Michael Salinger, a former FTC director, agree the proposed guidelines more accurately reflect current practice — but that only time will tell if they’ll work.

Hylton“As defendants become better acquainted with actual practice, the FTC may find that it prefers to make further changes down the road.”

Salinger“What remains to be seen is whether the courts will accept the less structured approach.”

Contact Keith Hylton, 617-353-8959, knhylton@bu.edu, or Michael Salinger, 617-353-4408, salinger@bu.edu

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