Exclusive: inside the DoJ's antitrust division

Author: IFLR Correspondent | Published: 6 Dec 2016

By James Wilson

Here Sonia Pfaffenroth, a deputy assistant Attorney General US DOJ Antitrust Division, discusses the Division’s year in merger control, what it looked for in transactions and how its priorities have developed. The DOJ Antitrust Division is one of two competition authorities in the US, the other being the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Recently the Division has taken a more aggressive approach to merger control and in 2016 among other things, it sued to block Halliburton’s merger with Baker Hughes and charged a Korean executive with obstructing an investigation. Pfaffenroth also discusses the Division’s engagement with authorities around the world and at state level across the US.

Tell me about some of the Division’s most important merger cases of 2016 and what aspects of its enforcement policy they implicated? 

We have been hard at work protecting competition and that has generated a number...