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Roundtable Conference with Enforcement Officials

At the first Roundtable discussion since President Obama took office, the U.S. and EU enforcers provide firsthand insight on the changes and continuity in the policies and priorities that we should expect to see this year.

Obama's Antitrust Enforcers: What Can We Expect?

Sean Gates forecasts how President Obama's appointees to chair the FTC and to lead the DOJ Antitrust Division will likely lead to a resurgence of antitrust enforcement in both conduct and mergers.

Through the Looking Glass: Ruminations on Improving the Current U.S. Merger Enforcement Guidelines

Ilene Knable Gotts and Étienne Renaudeau offer a roadmap for examining and modifying the current U.S. merger enforcement guidelines.

Antitrust Risk-Shifting Provisions in Merger Agreements After the Financial Collapse

Darren Tucker and Kevin Yingling explore the nature of antitrust risk-shifting provisions in merger agreements since the financial downturn intensified at the end of 2007.

Antitrust in a Financial Crisis — A Canadian Perspective

Mark Katz, Anita Banicevic, and Jim Dinning explore what role, if any, should be afforded to Canadian competition law and policy considerations in responding to the current financial situation.

Paper Trail: Working Papers and Recent Scholarship

John Woodbury reviews an EAG Working Paper that looks at the antitrust agencies’ merger review of firms in financial distress.


WELCOME to the April issue of The Antitrust Source. This issue features the Enforcement Officials' Roundtable Conference, one of the highlights of the March 2009 ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting. In addition to this lively discussion, this issue includes an article by Sean Gates with insights on what we might expect from President Obama's antitrust enforcers, and an article by Ilene Gotts and Étienne Renaudeau with proposals for improving the U.S. merger enforcement guidelines. Continuing our focus on antitrust in the current economic environment, Mark Katz, Anita Banicevic, and Jim Dinning provide a Canadian perspective on antitrust in the financial crisis, Darren Tucker and Kevin Yingling consider the effect of the economy on risk-shifting provisions in merger agreements, and the Paper Trail features a working paper about the agencies' merger review of firms in financial distress.

To contribute an article or comment to The Source, e-mail us at antitrust@att.net.

Patrick S. Thompson
Editorial Chair

Rita Sinkfield Belin
Amy Stathos
Issue Editors

Vol. 8 Issue 4


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