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A Bad Merger of Process and Substance: Changing the Merger Guidelines and Premerger Review Form

On June 27, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced proposed changes to Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (“HSR Act”) premerger notification form. Less than a month later, on July 19, the FTC and Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced proposed changes to the agencies’ joint merger guidelines. These proceedings are closely related, both part of the Biden administration’s ongoing efforts to approach U.S. merger law more aggressively. But despite being part of the same substantive agenda, these two sets of changes are governed by distinct procedural rules and, ultimately, are likely to have very different effects on how merger law is enforced in the United States.

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