Antitrust strategies enhance merger approval likelihood

Companies contemplating a merger or acquisition are not alone as the oil and natural gas and oil field service industries continue to consolidate. Although some US mergers and acquisitions have quickly passed antitrust review by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), others have languished, bogged down in costly, time-consuming merger reviews, or have been subject to equally time-consuming and expensive divestitures. This article recommends strategies to speed the merger review and to avoid the antitrust minefield.Merger wave typesThere have been two major merger waves in the oil and gas industry during the last 2 decades. The first, which began in the ear...

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