Broadcast Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020
from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (ET)


Challenges to mergers and acquisitions by US antitrust authorities spiked in 2019, with much attention paid to “nascent” competitive problems and vertical mergers. This was capped off by proposed Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) vertical merger guidelines, the first such guidelines issued since 1984. In addition, the DOJ has continued to express concern about merger remedies, leading to the DOJ’s attempt to stop the AT&T-Time Warner combination. The concern about remedies played another role in the court room, as one court engaged in an unprecedented expanded Tunney Act review of a merger consent order offered by the DOJ.  And not to be outdone, the Attorney Generals of several states showed their dissatisfaction with the DOJ remedies in the T-Mobile/Sprint consolidation, bringing their own lawsuit to stop the deal.

Given these developments, businesses who engage in merger transactions need to keep abreast of the recent enforcement priorities. They must proactively review their existing practices to ensure compliance with antitrust laws.

Listen as a panel of distinguished leaders and antitrust practitioners organized by The Knowledge Group provide the audience with an in-depth discussion of the emerging trends and developments in the antitrust merger enforcement. Speakers, among other things, will offer practical compliance tips and strategies to avoid legal liabilities.

This LIVE Webcast will discuss the following:

  • Antitrust Mergers: U.S. Trends and Updates
  • Recent Enforcement Priorities
  • Notable Cases and Rulings
  • Risk Mitigation Strategies
  • Best Compliance Practices
  • What Lies Ahead


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE)



General knowledge of antitrust laws


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice


Total Credits:

2.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Marc G. Schildkraut, Partner
Baker & Hostetler LLP

Marc Schildkraut practices antitrust law before U.S. and international enforcement agencies and courts, focusing on multibillion-dollar mergers, civil investigations and litigation. As lead attorney, he has obtained clearances allowing his clients to consummate mergers and acquisitions in all* his matters investigated by antitrust authorities here and abroad. This includes several matters where Marc was forced to litigate with a government authority that attempted and ultimately failed to obtain an injunction to stop consummation. Marc has worked for plaintiffs trying to stop mergers, as well, and has litigated one such matter where the federal court issued an injunction that led to the unraveling of a consummated merger.

Sharon Connaughton, Special Counsel
Cooley LLP

Sharon Connaughton is a Special Counsel in Cooley’s Antitrust & Competition practice group. Her practice focuses on antitrust counseling, litigation and the defense of corporate clients in connection with domestic and international mergers and acquisitions. She has extensive experience advising clients on compliance with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and representing clients through the merger review process before the FTC, the DOJ, states attorneys general and foreign antitrust enforcement authorities. She has worked with clients in a number of industries, including automotive, consumer goods, computer hardware and software, financial services, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, publishing, and telecommunications.

Daniel J. Howley, Counsel
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

As counsel at Paul, Weiss in the Antitrust Group, Dan Howley advises clients on antitrust matters, including litigation, mergers and acquisitions, and civil and criminal investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. He also has significant experience in commercial litigation involving contractual disputes, business torts and shareholder class action and derivative claims. He has been named a “Rising Star” in Washington, D.C., by Super Lawyers Magazine multiple times and has been recognized in The Legal 500 for his “excellent” work on merger control matters. Dan has authored multiple articles and memos on antitrust topics such as merger litigation strategy and patent reverse payment settlement agreements.



Marc G. Schildkraut, Partner

Baker & Hostetler LLP





Sharon Connaughton, Special Counsel

Cooley LLP





Daniel J. Howley, Counsel

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

  1. Chilling Statistics on Merger Challenges
  2. Acquisitions of Nascent Targets
  3. Vertical Mergers and Vertical Guidelines
  4. Merger Remedies
  5. State AGs sue to stop the T-Mobile-Sprint.

Date & Time:

Thursday, February 20, 2020

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Antitrust Lawyers
  • Corporate Lawyers
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers and Consultants
  • Business Executives
  • Risk and Compliance Officers


Marc G. SchildkrautPartner
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Sharon ConnaughtonSpecial Counsel
Cooley LLP
Daniel J. HowleyCounsel
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP



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