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The COVID-19 pandemic has upended antitrust enforcement as it has everybody’s lives. Like others, competition authorities in the U.S. and around the world are working from home. Still, they have made clear that they will not hesitate to take enforcement action against companies that violate antitrust laws.
Companies need to be prepared to face the challenges raised by antitrust enforcement during the pandemic, including navigating mergers and acquisitions through regulatory approvals and the use of pricing algorithms that might lead to price gouging. The pandemic also presents opportunities, from creating joint ventures to solve issues raised by the coronavirus to coordinating with competitors to efficiently source limited supplies, that may be viewed with more flexibility under antitrust law than before the crisis.
To help you navigate antitrust issues during these times, Megan Browdie and M. Howard Morse of Cooley LLP will include enforcement updates and practical guidance on the following topics:
- Merger review in the U.S. and worldwide
- Competitor collaborations, both targeting solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic and more generally
- Pricing enforcement, including for price gouging, price fixing, and bid rigging
Program Level: Update
Intended Audience: Attorneys involved in antitrust and competition, mergers and acquisitions, advising on licensing and other corporate agreements, as well as in-house counsel and accountants
Advanced Preparation: None