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The checklist outlines antitrust considerations for the use of blockchain technology.  Practices involving blockchain technology that could give rise to antitrust risk include competitor collaborations, sharing competitively sensitive information with competitors on the blockchain, and anticompetitive mergers involving companies offering blockchain-based services.

Previously published on Lexis Nexis – A Practical Guidance

July 22, 2021
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Antitrust activity in the energy and chemical sectors was steady and robust in 2020. Even though U.S. antitrust agencies witnessed the first year-over-year drop in total merger activity since 2012, the agencies investigated more transactions in the energy and chemical industries than in 2019.

V&E Antitrust Update

January 7, 2021
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It was a moment that many had been anticipating for years, yet the latest crop of V&E partners didn’t fete their promotions with parties and champagne. Instead they fielded congratulatory phone calls, took part in virtual coffee breaks and held small celebrations at home with their families. But pandemic-related complications notwithstanding, the new partners —…

December 16, 2020
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The coronavirus pandemic has upended nearly every corner of the world — and shareholder activism is no exception. As companies struggled to survive in the early weeks of the crisis, activists hit the pause button, fearful of appearing opportunistic and insensitive. Stock market volatility, economic uncertainty, and a slowdown in the M&A market further deterred activists…

October 28, 2020
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Looking for the house of your dreams? OJO Labs is ready to help you find it. The fast-rising real estate tech startup empowers homebuyers to make better decisions with proprietary technology that blends machine learning and human intelligence. It all starts with an A.I.-powered virtual assistant, dubbed OJO, which interacts with consumers via text. Homebuyers…

October 8, 2020
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What might happen if China or Russia attacked the nation’s electricity grid? The answer to that question is at the heart of an executive order issued by President Trump on May 1. Foreign adversaries are increasingly looking for ways to exploit weaknesses in the country’s bulk-power system (“BPS”) – the large interconnected electrical system that…

August 14, 2020
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Material adverse event: Those three words can stop a deal dead in its tracks . . . and, indeed, that nearly happened when the devastating impact from two major events, the COVID-19 pandemic and a crash in oil prices, set in motion a number of steps that threatened to derail the heavily negotiated prepackaged Chapter 11 cases of…

August 10, 2020
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To a torrent of both praise and criticism, the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission released updated Vertical Merger Guidelines on June 30, 2020.

Published in Antitrust, Vol. 34, No. 3, Summer 2020, © 2020 by the American Bar Association

August 7, 2020
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On June 30, 2020, the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission released new Vertical Merger Guidelines (“Guidelines”), which explain how the agencies assess mergers and acquisitions of companies at different levels of the supply chain. The new Guidelines mark the first time the FTC and DOJ have issued joint guidelines on vertical mergers.

V&E Antitrust Update

July 8, 2020
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It’s hard to overstate the damage of the COVID-19 pandemic to the airline industry. As travel demand around the world has plummeted, the resulting crisis for airlines has been unprecedented — far worse than what they experienced in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks. In the face of this seismic challenge, Southwest Airlines…

June 4, 2020
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When a leading technology-focused private equity firm turned to V&E a year and a half ago to work on transactions involving its portfolio companies, it was more than a cause for celebration at the firm. “This was a great testament to the quality of our technology practice,” said V&E partner Milam Newby, who is advising…

March 25, 2020
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Late last year, a long-running effort to build a state-of-the-art anhydrous ammonia plant at an industrial chemical site in Texas City, Texas, reached a major milestone. Gulf Coast Ammonia LLC (GCA) closed on an approximately $570 million non-recourse project financing, as well as an equity commitment from joint venture partners Starwood Energy Group Global LLC…

March 13, 2020