Business & Corporate
The Forward-Looking Nature of Merger Analysis
The task of merger review is to predict whether the merger’s likely competitive effects based on facts, economic learning, and reasoned analysis require intervention to prevent substantial harm to competition and consumers. This article will focus on the analytical process the FTC uses to predict the likely course of competition going forward and the impact of an acquisition on that competition. We will examine how our fact-intensive inquiry applies in a variety of fact patterns, ranging from situations where merging parties are direct competitors in mature markets, to scenarios where parties are likely to compete in a future market.