Merger Guidelines and Enforcement Trends

PLI’s Antitrust Counseling & Compliance 2012

11/02/2012 02:30 p.m. - 02:30 p.m.

Antitrust Law, Antitrust Law | Mergers + Acquisitions, and Mergers + Acquisitions

PLI New York Center
810 Seventh Avenue at 53rd Street
21st floor
New York, NY 10019
This program is also available via webcast.

Speaking Engagement

Lawyers counseling businesses must possess a solid foundation in the principles of antitrust law and an understanding of the latest antitrust developments. Running afoul of antitrust rules can result in class actions and treble damage litigation, as well as government enforcement and adverse publicity. Are you prepared to provide practical answers to the antitrust questions your clients will ask? This program was developed with the purpose of addressing current hot topics in antitrust counseling and compliance, along with refreshing practitioners’ understanding of key principles. Covering distribution, marketing, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property licensing, and government enforcement, as well as compliance and ethics topics, this program will offer practical advice on what works and what doesn’t, and give you the edge you need.

What you will learn

  • Is it safe today to enter into agreements that restrict resale prices? What about MAP or unilateral price policies?
  • When are bundled prices, loyalty discounts, and exclusive dealing acceptable, and when are they likely to be problematic?
  • How do you analyze mergers and acquisitions under the new DOJ/FTC Merger Guidelines?
  • How can you avoid antitrust risk in intellectual property licenses? What do you need to know when participating in industry “standard setting”?
  • What do you need to know about competition law enforcement outside the U.S.?
  • What are the top government enforcement priorities? Would the election of a Republican president change government antitrust enforcement?
  • Learn how to avoid ethical problems that recur in the antitrust arena relating to document preservation obligations in investigations and litigation, duties to employees, conflicts of interest, and practice before the DOJ and FTC.

Morrison & Foerster Partner W. Stephen Smith will present “Merger Guidelines and Enforcement Trends” at 1:00 pm EDT, this presentation will discuss risks from vertical mergers and analyze recent cases including, H&R Block, AT&T, NASDAQ/NYSE, and others.


This event is occurring live in New York and will also be available via webcast. The webcast is available to individuals and will also be broadcast to the seven groupcast locations listed below:

Boston, MA
Massachusetts CLE
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Boston, Massachusetts 02100

Cleveland, OH
The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
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Cleveland, OH 44114

Columbus, OH
Columbus Bar Association
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Columbus, OH 43215

Mechanicsburg, PA
Pennsylvania Bar Institute
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Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

New Brunswick, NJ
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
One Constitution Square
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Philadelphia, PA
Pennsylvania Bar Institute, The CLE Conference Center
Wanamaker Building
100 Penn Square East
10th floor, Suite 1010
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Pittsburgh, PA
Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Professional Development Conference Center
339 Sixth Avenue, Suite 760
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222

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