Government Oversight on Mergers Is Taking Longer Than Ever, Delaying Deals

April 26, 2016

Mergers are getting bigger and more complicated. For the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice and other regulators, which oversee mergers to make sure they don't lead to monopolies or hurt consumers in other ways, that means more work that is more complex. Consequently, merger oversight, resulting in either approval or a challenge from the government, is taking longer than ever.

Dechert's Antitrust Merger Investigation Timing Tracker (DAMITT) is referenced throughout this story.

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