Workshop on Draft Vertical Merger Guidelines

Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission

03/11/2020 - 09:00 to 13:00

The Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission will hold two public workshops to solicit public dialogue on the draft vertical merger guidelines released on Jan. 10, 2020.  The two half-day workshops will allow for a dynamic discussion about the proposed guidelines to complement any written public comments about the draft guidelines that are submitted to the agencies.  The agencies will select panelists for the workshops from those that file public comments and indicate their interest and availability to participate. 

The draft guidelines describe how the federal antitrust agencies review vertical mergers to evaluate whether they violate antitrust law.  Vertical mergers combine two or more companies that operate at different levels of the supply chain.  The draft guidelines outline the agencies’ principal analytical techniques, practices, and enforcement policy for vertical mergers.  The agencies will consider both public comments and workshop discussions before issuing final Vertical Merger Guidelines. 

Roundtable Agenda

Welcome Address

  • Makan Delrahim, Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, U.S. Department of Justice

Opening Remarks

  • Christine Wilson, Commissioner, FTC

Panel 1: Former Enforcer and Practitioner Perspectives  

  • Moderators: David Shaw, Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, U.S. Department of Justice & Heather Johnson, Senior Counsel to the Director, Bureau of Competition, FTC
  • Renata Hesse, Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell, former Acting Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Jonathan Jacobson, Partner, Wilson Sonsini
  • Robert Majure, Ph.D., Vice President, Cornerstone Research, former Director of Economics for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Jonathan Sallet, Senior Fellow, Benton Institute for Broadband & Society, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Craig Waldman, Partner, Jones Day

Panel 2: Public Interest and Academic Perspectives

  • Moderators: David Lawrence, Chief, Competition Policy & Advocacy Section, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice & Andrew Sweeting, Director, Bureau of Economics, FTC
  • Avery Gardiner, Senior Fellow for Competition, Data, and Power, Center for Democracy & Technology, former Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Aviv Nevo, Ph.D., Professor, University of Pennsylvania, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economic Analysis, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Steven Salop, Ph.D., Professor, Georgetown Law Center, former Associate Director for Special Projects, Bureau of Economics, Federal Trade Commission
  • Charlotte Slaiman, Competition Policy Director, Public Knowledge
  • Christopher Yoo, Professor, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School


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