Mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and exclusive license transfers can enable companies to reach their strategic goals. Antitrust clearances may affect the transaction's timing and valuation, as well as any bidding process. Promptly obtaining required clearances is often an essential step toward capturing the deal's full value.
The risk of antitrust delay or opposition is greater than ever for global businesses. An increasing number of the more than 90 jurisdictions with antitrust review regimes require pre-closing review. Each jurisdiction's review process has different rules, notification requirements, and timelines. To get the deal done, parties must develop a global strategy to minimize the risk that an antitrust agency will delay or seek to block the deal.
We have been trusted for decades by some of the world's most prominent businesses in a range of industries to guide them through the maze of multi-jurisdictional merger review. We work with clients in virtually every industry sector, ranging from computers to cleaning products, phones to pharmaceuticals, and technology to transportation. Our antitrust teams collaborate across continents, representing clients in merger reviews in the United States, Europe, and Asia and coordinating clearance processes across the globe.
What We Do
We work with our clients to understand their business goals and develop deal-specific strategies to clear the antitrust hurdles to achieving those goals.
We work collaboratively as an integrated team to leverage our collective legal, agency, and industry expertise. This holistic approach enables us to:
We are focused on achieving our clients' business objectives and getting their deals done as quickly and efficiently as possible.
We have a long history of success in obtaining approval for our clients' transactions. The depth of our industry, agency, and legal expertise enables us to pinpoint potential antitrust concerns and develop effective strategies to resolve them.
We partner with our clients to devise global solutions to ensure their transactions are completed in a timely and efficient manner. Antitrust risk varies between buyers and sellers, between transactions, and between jurisdictions. We carefully assess the nature and scope of the risk in each deal, and tailor a solution to fit our client's objectives.
Our antitrust lawyers have obtained multi-jurisdictional regulatory clearance for numerous major transactions, including:
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Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016 Japan: Competition/Antitrust
Chambers Global 2015 USA: Competition/Antitrust
Chambers USA 2016 Nationwide: Antitrust California: Antitrust Washington, D.C.: Antitrust
Global Competition Review 2011 (11th edition) Global 100 directory
Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2015 Japan: International Firms and Joint Ventures: Antitrust and Competition Law
Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2011 Belgium: EU Competition
Legal 500 US 2015 Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts: Antitrust Antitrust: Cartel Antitrust: Civil Litigation/Class Actions
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