Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission to hold workshops on Horizontal Merger Guidelines

On 22 September 2009 the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission announced that they will hold workshops on the Horizontal Merger Guidelines and solicit public comments on them in view of possibly updating the guidelines to better reflect the agency practices and legal and economic developments, which have followed the previous revisions of the Guidelines.

Of interest is in particular that, apart from several fundamental aspects of merger review, the agencies have invited public comments on whether effects on innovation of mergers would warrant more attention in the Guidelines. [Juha Vesala]