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...