The COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented economic disruptions and a myriad of merger challenges to U.S. antitrust enforcement officials and businesses. In response, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) released several guidelines to adapt to the changes and challenges, including the Joint Vertical Merger Guidelines, Modernized Merger Remedies Manual, updated Arbitration Guidance, and Commentary on Vertical Merger Enforcement. As a result, antitrust enforcement is expected to become stiffer and more aggressive.
These uncertainties underscore the need for businesses and their counsel to carefully reassess their practices and ensure that they comply with the new rules going forward. They must also keep abreast with any emerging development in the regulatory paradigm to avoid legal pitfalls.
In this CLE program, a panel of key thought leaders and industry experts will provide the audience with an in-depth analysis of the current and emerging trends and developments in antitrust merger enforcement. Speakers will also share common red flags as well as practical ways to ensure compliance amid the evolving legal climate.
Key issues that will be covered in this course are:
New FTC and DOJ Merger Guidelines
Risk Mitigation Strategies
Best Compliance Practices
Antitrust Law Under the New Administration: Outlook
James Hunsberger, Associate AXINN, VELTROP & HARKRIDER LLP
James K. Hunsberger is an antitrust associate in Axinn’s Washington, DC office. James’s practice focuses on the full range of antitrust matters, including mergers, litigation, government investigations, and antitrust counseling. James has represented clients in a broad range of industries, including telecommunications, chemicals, semiconductors, consumer goods, building solutions, and international shipping. In addition to his significant experience before U.S. courts and agencies, James also has experience dealing with regulators in several other global jurisdictions, including Europe and China. James was named to the 2021 list of Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” for Antitrust Law and selected in 2019-2021 to Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” for Antitrust Litigation.
James L. Moore III, Associate AXINN, VELTROP & HARKRIDER LLP
Jimmy Moore is an antitrust associate in Axinn’s Washington, DC office. He represents and advises clients on a variety of antitrust matters, including cartel investigations, civil litigation, and mergers and acquisitions. He has gained experience in a range of industries, including automotive parts, telecommunications, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and consumer goods. Prior to joining Axinn, Jimmy practiced in the Antitrust department of a global law firm, where he represented major companies in merger reviews and litigation. He was also an intern in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and an extern with the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition.
Avigail Kifer, Senior Manager Cornerstone Research
Avigail Kifer applies her expertise in industrial organization economics and quantitative marketing to matters involving antitrust and competition, healthcare, merger review, and intellectual property. Dr. Kifer works with attorneys and experts on all phases of the litigation process, including deposition and trial. Her industry experience spans financial markets, high-tech, internet advertising, and life sciences. She has experience conducting statistical analysis of proprietary big data.
Dr. Kifer has consulted on multiple merger investigations, both on behalf of regulatory agencies and of merging parties. Dr. Kifer coauthored comments on the Draft Vertical Merger Guidelines released by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission in January 2020.
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