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May 11, 2022

ABA Antitrust Law Section sponsors in-person mergers conference on May 19 in D.C.

CHICAGO, May 11, 2022 - The American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section will offer a unique glimpse into the life cycle of a merger under investigation through a practice workshop, providing an opportunity to witness some of the most accomplished U.S. private practitioners, corporate counsel and government enforcers engage in a mock review process.

2022 Antitrust Mergers Practice Workshop
Sponsored by the ABA Antitrust Law Section

May 19, 2022, 8:15 a.m.-5 p.m. EDT

Martin Luther King Library
901 G Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

The one-day practice workshop, the fifth offered by the Antitrust Law Section, will look at various elements of the merger review process, including:

  • Strategy sessions among antitrust counsel
  • The initial pitch to U.S. antitrust enforcers
  • Internal conferences among agency staff
  • Meetings to develop economic evidence, customer support and documentary evidence
  • A front office presentation with a “hot bench,” where questions are peppered at the parties
  • An internal decisional meeting among staff and the front office

While intended for practitioners, the step-by-step illustration of the merger review process will be beneficial to anyone seeking an insight into how a mega-major transaction is put together and how government enforcers analyze it.

Among the confirmed participants are Suzanne Morris, chief, Premerger & Division Statistics Unit, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Antitrust Division; Kathleen S. O'Neill, DOJ senior director of Investigations and Litigation; Antitrust Division; and Gwendolyn Cooley, National Association of Attorneys General Antitrust Task Force chair and assistant attorney general for the state of Wisconsin. Also, a host of well-known practitioners from law firms mostly throughout the Washington area will perform in “buyer” and “seller” roles in the daylong exercise.

The merger review program with a list of key participants can be found online here. All sessions are open to the media, but reporters are required to register in advance by 5 p.m. EDT, Monday, May 16, by contacting Bill Choyke at [email protected]. All attendees must provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the start of the meeting. Once you have requested registration, confirmation and further COVID-related instructions will be sent to you by email.

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