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U.S. Antitrust Watchdogs Turn to Insurers After Halliburton Win

  • Anthem, Aetna deals face scrutiny from Justice Department
  • Halliburton-Baker Hughes collapse extends U.S. winning streak

Bill Baer was the ultimate Washington antitrust insider when he came to the Justice Department in 2013: At law firm Arnold & Porter LLP, he’d counseled the biggest U.S. companies, including deal machine General Electric Co., on getting mergers over the finish line.

So when Baer took over as head of the Justice Department’s antitrust division with a mandate to protect competition in the American economy, observers could have been forgiven for thinking another industry fox was taking his watch over the hen house.