Federal Trade Commission Votes to Close Investigation of Acquisition of Avant! Corporation by Synopsys, Inc.

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By a vote of 5-0, the Federal Trade Commission today authorized staff to close its investigation into the acquisition of Avant! Corporation by Synopsys, Inc. Commissioners Sheila Anthony, Mozelle W. Thompson, and Thomas B. Leary issued separate statements regarding this action, each of which can be found on the FTC's Web site as a link to this release.

The FTC's Bureau of Competition seeks to prevent business practices that restrain competition. The Bureau carries out its mission by investigating alleged law violations and, when appropriate, recommending that the Commission take formal enforcement action. To notify the Bureau concerning particular business practices, call or write the Office of Policy and Evaluation, Room 394, Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580, Electronic Mail: antitrust@ftc.gov  Telephone (202) 326-3300. For more information on the laws that the Bureau enforces, the Commission has published "Promoting Competition, Protecting Consumers: A Plain English Guide to Antitrust Laws," which can be accessed at http://www.ftc.gov/bc/compguide/index.htm

(FTC File No. 021-0049)

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