Corporate mergers and other high-profile transactions face many regulatory and review hurdles related to competition law. Brownstein provides comprehensive strategic advice and legal counsel to companies involved in mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other business combinations that come under review by the antitrust and competition policy regulators at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and states' attorneys general.
We don’t just focus on the agencies reviewing the transaction. Our Competition Policy & Corporate Mergers Group focuses first on the Congressional committees with oversight jurisdiction over the DOJ and FTC that may request details of transactions and the effects of mergers on the market, industry or committee members’ home districts. We help you think strategically when communicating with Congress, including negotiating the scope of hearings and testimony, developing ways to maximize opportunities to provide positive messages, preparing witnesses for testimony, and navigating the political and legal minefields associated with any appearance before Congress.
Our attorneys appear regularly in front of the Antitrust Division of the DOJ and other relevant agency divisions, representing large clients in notable cases. These have included Oracle in its merger with Seibel Systems, AMC Theaters in the AMC-Loews deal, U.S. Airways in its bid to take over Delta Airlines and Google in its acquisition of DoubleClick.