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Both agencies will closely examine proposed buyers to ensure that qualified buyers are selected and such buyers have the incentive, experience, and ability to utilize the divested assets to restore competition in the market. 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.
If a merger has been consummated, the goal would be to restore competition to the level where it was prior to the anticompetitive merger. C March 13, Decision and Order perylene assets to be divested to Ciba Specialty Chemicalsavailable at http: Of course, an injunction is the most powerful weapon in the agency arsenal to prevent an anticompetitive merger from being consummated.
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. 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 0510214complaiint implementation of the divestiture.
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The FTC filed a complaint on July 27,in federal district court in Hawaii, seeking to enjoin that acquisition on two counts: Such differences acselist industry caselst industry, rather than any fundamental difference in analytical approach to remedies, may best explain why U. Especially in orders that require the divestiture of less than an entire business, the buyers lack important information about the business that is being divested.
051014complaint Agencies Prefer Structural Remedies In horizontal merger cases, both the DOJ and the FTC have strong preferences for structural remedies such as the divestiture of one of the two overlapping businesses. The DOJ statement must be filed along with the proposed consent decree and must be published in the Federal Register at least sixty days before the decree becomes final. In re Nestle Holding, Inc. On the other hand, 051021complaint merger can result in significant cost savings that would benefit consumers in the form of price decreases or quality improvements, and the prospects of obtaining an injunction blocking the entire deal may be low.
Conduct relief is often used by both agencies to enhance the effectiveness of structural relief.
Requiring merging parties to promise not to engage in certain conduct can be contrary to the economic incentives of the parties and can result in market inefficiencies. The consent order required Buckeye to notify the FTC of any intention to acquire an interest in the Niles terminal and required Shell to notify the FTC of any intention to sell any interest in that terminal, both for a period of ten years.
Finally, conduct relief has been used in addressing the competitive issues raised by vertical mergers. Both agencies have a preference for clean-sweep divestitures over mix-and-match asset packages, although the FTC preference appears to be more pointed.
First, a buyer that already has a significant presence in the relevant market often will not be deemed appropriate. However, the Staff only examined 37 of the 50 divestitures embodied in those 35 consent decrees. The agencies 32 Id. 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.
The Staff studied 35 consent orders that involved 50 divestitures in the aggregate. Once a proposed buyer is identified, each agency will conduct an independent investigation to evaluate the proposed buyer, which often includes interviewing the proposed buyer as well as customers, suppliers and, on occasion, competitors.
Under the Tunney Act, the DOJ is required to prepare a competitive impact statement, describing, among other things, the case and the relief sought in the consent decree, evaluating alternative remedies actually considered, and discussing remedies available to private injured parties and procedures available for modifying the proposal.
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So-called upfront buyer provisions are one of the areas of divergence in FTC and DOJ practice discussed in the next section of this paper. Goal of Antitrust Remedies The principal law under which the U. The FTC uses upfront buyer provisions frequently. 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 0510214comppaint are transferred to the purchaser.
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. The Divestiture Study notes that proposed buyers must be given adequate time and an opportunity to conduct faselist due diligence.
While both agencies require the parties to enter into hold separate orders, 0510214compalint agencies diverge with respect to the appointment of 0510214cpmplaint trustees.
Timing of the Divestiture For many years, the agencies allowed merging parties to consummate their transaction without first identifying a buyer, providing a specified period, usually of one or two years, in which the parties were required to identify a proposed buyer and obtain agency approval.
It created an incentive within the [selling firm] to make the order work in the way intended by the Commission. 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 caelist complete their transaction and 0510214compllaint the procompetitive efficiencies of their transactions.
Since the FTC and DOJ purport to apply the same substantive standards and they have common stated goals in seeking remedies, it is not surprising that there are many similarities in the merger remedy positions of the two agencies.
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.