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The agencies differ in their policies on upfront buyers. While the FTC almost routinely includes a provision authorizing the appointment of an interim trustee in its hold separate orders,94 as shown by the transaction above, the FTC does not necessarily appoint an interim monitor in every case. As will be seen, while the approaches of the two agencies are generally similar, there are important differences on a number of key issues that can be and not infrequently determine how quickly the merging parties can complete their transactions and the degree of difficulty they will face in effecting the agreed remedy.

Digene was the only company in the U. C March 13, Decision and Order perylene assets to be divested to Ciba Specialty Chemicalsavailable at http: If a merger has been consummated, the goal would be to restore competition to the level where it was prior to the anticompetitive merger. The FTC filed a complaint on July 27,in federal district court in Hawaii, seeking to enjoin that acquisition on two counts: To the contrary, the FTC has a long history of using crown jewel provisions starting with occasional uses as early of the s.

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How Can We Remedy It? Buckeye was acquiring from Shell a package of refined petroleum pipeline and terminal assets. Monitor Trustees When a divestiture will take place after the parties have consummated their merger, both agencies require that the parties hold the divestiture assets separate and maintain them in the ordinary course so that a viable business can be divested.

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Documents Flashcards Grammar checker. The Staff studied 35 consent orders that involved 50 divestitures in the aggregate. For example, the agencies are generally dubious when research and development assets are excluded from the divestiture, although this may be deemed acceptable where the buyer has its own research and development capability concerning the relevant products or such services are readily available from a third party.

For instance, the DOJ may require a rapid divestiture when it believes critical assets may deteriorate quickly or there will be significant competitive harm before the assets are transferred to the purchaser. In such cases, the Divestiture Study suggested that the FTC should include provisions in consent decrees to attempt to reduce the risks that a buyer of a partial business will not be viable following the divestiture.

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DOJ Policy Guide, at Grossman to oversee the xylon NDT businessavailable at http: Agency staff will require the buyer to produce financial and strategic business information as part of this review. Second, the DOJ must be satisfied that the purchaser has the incentive to use the divestiture assets to compete in the relevant market rather than for some other purpose such as use in a different relevant market.

The FTC uses upfront buyer provisions frequently. The two agencies apply similar tests assessing whether to approve a proposed buyer. Following public allegations regarding improper conduct with regard to DOJ settlements as part of the Watergate scandal, inCongress enacted the Tunney Act, formally known as the Antitrust Procedures and Penalties Act. C April 3, Decision and Order requiring divestiture of laboratory services assets to LabCorpavailable at http: The consent order allowed the FTC to appoint an interim monitor if necessary,93 although the FTC ultimately chose not to do so.

C April 3, Decision and Order, at p. Rather than indifference or hostility that is exhibited by some [selling firms], this [selling firm] had an internal reason to see the divestiture succeed.

Most mergers believed by the agencies to result in anticompetitive harm are not litigated, but rather are resolved by remedies included in a consent decree negotiated with the parties.

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In contrast, the FTC generally disfavors a fix-it-first approach, and often insists on the execution of a consent decree because this gives the FTC a greater say in the selection of the divestiture assets and buyer and the implementation of the divestiture.

However, the Staff only examined 37 of the 50 divestitures embodied in those 35 consent decrees. Both agencies include provisions in consent orders requiring the trustee to use its best efforts to sell the assets at the most favorable price, but ultimately divestiture trustees are obligated to sell the assets at any price. Finally, conduct relief has been used in addressing the competitive issues raised by vertical mergers. It may be that a more conservative approach to merger remedies is correlated with the existence of a separate staff whose sole purpose is to address remedy compliance issues.

Procedural History While both the Antitrust Division and the FTC are authorized to settle merger challenges without having to litigate, the authority on which each agency can do so differs. Partial divestitures may also be acceptable where certain of the assets deemed necessary to operate successfully are already in the possession of the divestiture buyer or are readily obtainable from non-parties. Examples of crown jewel provisions include adding more production facilities or retail outlets or even requiring the parties to divest the larger of two overlapping businesses if the smaller one has not been sold.

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Conduct relief is often used by both agencies to enhance the effectiveness of structural relief. Because the FTC and the Division have such long-time experience in certain major industries, we have developed approaches to remedies that rely upon that experience and that recognize the particular structural differences that mergers in those industries present.

In addition, the Study suggests: Both the DOJ and FTC prefer structural relief to conduct restrictions, heavily employing divestiture as a remedy while limiting conduct relief to narrow circumstances. Goal of Antitrust Remedies advertisement. Agency insistence on an up-front buyer provision often causes delay of several months in completing the merger depending upon how long it takes to find a buyer and negotiate a contract of sale acceptable to the reviewing agency.

This sentiment is echoed by the courts as well. Chapter 8 Operational Data Tools. Firewalls and fair dealing provisions are frequently That is not to say that there have not been successful attempts to block vertical mergers outright. Consent orders entered into with the DOJ typically contain an obligation to preserve assets, generally requiring the parties to take all steps necessary to preserve the divestiture assets and not to take any actions that would jeopardize the divestiture.

Northrop Grumman Corp, Civil No: Whatever the reason for the differences, the divergent approaches to certain key consent decree issues have real world consequences for merger parties. Goal of Antitrust Remedies The principal law under which the U.

These exceptions include where the restriction serves as an adjunct to structural relief, as a stand-alone remedy in regulated industries, and in remedying concerns regarding vertical mergers. In public statements, the FTC has articulated a preference for an upfront buyer when the parties are divesting a package of assets that has not previously operated as an autonomous business.

Differences Between the DOJ and the FTC While there are many similarities in merger remedies policy and practice, there are significant differences between the DOJ and FTC that can and not infrequently do have a real world impact on how quickly merging parties can complete their transaction and achieve the procompetitive efficiencies of their transactions.

Such voluntary restructuring of a merger may involve the sale of a subsidiary, business unit, division or some other package of assets to a third-party that the merger parties believe should eliminate any potential competitive problems resulting from the proposed merger.