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U.S. Antitrust Cops Eye Tougher Merger Rules as M&A Surges

  • DOJ, FTC begin process for overhauling merger guidelines
  • Enforcers are grappling with M&A boom straining resources
Jonathan Kanter
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U.S. antitrust enforcers announced an effort to toughen merger reviews, saying a new framework is needed to combat a surge in deals that threatens to worsen already high concentration across industries.

The heads of the Justice Department’s antitrust division and the Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday that the merger guidelines they use to assess whether a deal violates antitrust laws need to be overhauled in order to protect competition in today’s economy.