If you want to play by today's rules, throw out last year's handbookThe business environment is competitive enough, and when the Obama administration took control competing legally got a whole lot tougher. Your next merger or acquisition will likely be nothing like your last one. The Bush doctrines have been tossed out, creating a seismic shift in antitrust policies and increased scrutiny of proposed mergers and joint ventures.
Across a broad spectrum of industries, questions remain - who is your legitimate competition? When does a reasonable negotiation become exclusionary practice? When does the industry leader become a single-firm monopoly? Antitrust waters are similarly murky for trade associations. When the competition becomes co-opetition, will price-fixing charges follow?
Manatt handles disputes including pricing, monopolization, cartels, collusion, and controversial mergers and acquisitions. Because we have highly knowledgable counsel across many practice areas and trusted relationships with industry and government officials, your case is handled efficiently, thoroughly and with the greatest possibility of success.
The quickest path to approval is preapprovalManatt helps structure your major transactions to avoid trouble with regulators. We have the experience and in-depth industry knowledge to seek preapproval at the earliest possible time. Our deep-rooted antitrust compliance strategies meet the requirements of current state acts and the Clayton, Robinson-Patman and Sherman federal antitrust acts. We can expeditiously handle Hart-Scott-Rodino filings and secure regulatory approvals of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures without unnecessary delay or controversy.
Manatt's world-class litigation team strives to help you avoid litigation. We raise red flags and work with you to turn them green. When litigation is in your best interest, we're the ones to have on your side. Members of our antitrust team include a former assistant U.S. attorney, a lawyer previously with the Federal Trade Commission and a former member of the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division. If you have to take a case to trial, our world-class trial lawyers can help you obtain the best result.
Manatt ensures competitive balance and helps the law work for you - not the other way around.
California's Unfair Competition LawIf you're in California, Manatt's antitrust lawyers can provide particular insight into the state's Unfair Competition Law, Business and Professions Code Section 17200 et seq. (UCL). As UCL litigation has increased throughout the past decade, we've successfully represented defendants, plaintiffs and friends of the court. Our lawyers are so well versed in the nearly 70 years of related case law and legislative history that we've helped shape judicial interpretation of the UCL by taking first-impression cases to the courts of appeal and the California Supreme Court.
Experience on Your SideManatt antitrust lawyers know the law because they have helped enforce it and shape it. Members of our team have:
We know what the antitrust statutes mean, what the regulators want, and what the best strategies are for achieving your business goals.
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