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DOJ Antitrust Chief Says Merger Efficiency Defense Is Under Review

  • Agency, FTC began overhauling merger guidelines in January
  • Changes may make it harder to get antitrust approval for deals
Jonathan Kanter
Jonathan KanterPhotographer: Valerie Plesch/Bloomberg

US antitrust enforcers are rethinking how much weight to give the cost-savings claims by companies seeking to merge as they rewrite federal guidelines, the Justice Department’s top antitrust official said Tuesday.

Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Jonathan Kanter said the DOJ and Federal Trade Commission’s forthcoming guidelines will reconsider so-called efficiency arguments for mergers, calling it an area where antitrust policy has diverged from the law.