Sharon Connaughton, Counsel, Cooley LLP to Speak at TKG’s Emerging Trends and Developments in Antitrust Merger Enforcement: What Lies Ahead Webcast

Top Quote The Knowledge Group, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Sharon Connaughton, Counsel, Cooley LLP will speak at its webcast entitled, “Emerging Trends and Developments in Antitrust Merger Enforcement: What Lies Ahead.” This event is scheduled for Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (ET). End Quote
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    About Sharon Connaughton
    Sharon Connaughton is a Special Counsel in Cooley’s Antitrust & Competition practice group. Her practice focuses on antitrust counseling, litigation and the defense of corporate clients in connection with domestic and international mergers and acquisitions. She has extensive experience advising clients on compliance with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and representing clients through the merger review process before the FTC, the DOJ, states attorneys general and foreign antitrust enforcement authorities. She has worked with clients in a number of industries, including automotive, consumer goods, computer hardware and software, financial services, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, publishing, and telecommunications.

    About Cooley LLP
    Cooley’s attorneys solve legal issues for entrepreneurs, investors, financial institutions and established companies. Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters, and high-stakes litigation, where innovation meets the law. Cooley has 900 lawyers across 12 offices in the United States, China and Europe. Cooley's antitrust & competition team is recognized as one of the top-tier practices in the area of antitrust by Legal 500, Chambers USA and Global Competition Review. We handle all aspects of antitrust and competition law matters – including counseling, litigation, agency representation and arbitration services – for Fortune 500 corporations, as well as growing companies.

    Event Synopsis:
    Challenges to mergers and acquisitions by US antitrust authorities spiked in 2019, with much attention paid to “nascent” competitive problems and vertical mergers. This was capped off by proposed Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) vertical merger guidelines, the first such guidelines issued since 1984. In addition, the DOJ has continued to express concern about merger remedies, leading to the DOJ’s attempt to stop the AT&T-Time Warner combination. The concern about remedies played another role in the court room, as one court engaged in an unprecedented expanded Tunney Act review of a merger consent order offered by the DOJ. And not to be outdone, the Attorney Generals of several states showed their dissatisfaction with the DOJ remedies in the T-Mobile/Sprint consolidation, bringing their own lawsuit to stop the deal.

    Given these developments, businesses who engage in merger transactions need to keep abreast of the recent enforcement priorities. They must proactively review their existing practices to ensure compliance with antitrust laws.

    Listen as a panel of distinguished leaders and antitrust practitioners organized by The Knowledge Group provide the audience with an in-depth discussion of the emerging trends and developments in the antitrust merger enforcement. Speakers, among other things, will offer practical compliance tips and strategies to avoid legal liabilities.

    This LIVE Webcast will discuss the following:
    - Antitrust Mergers: U.S. Trends and Updates
    - Recent Enforcement Priorities
    - Notable Cases and Rulings
    - Risk Mitigation Strategies
    - Best Compliance Practices
    - What Lies Ahead

    About The Knowledge Group
    The Knowledge Group was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register to an event, please visit:

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