Release Date: May 21, 2002
The Federal Trade Commission today provided additional details on an upcoming public workshop that will be held at the FTC's Chicago Regional Office, 55 East Monroe Street, Suite 1860, on June 18, 2002 regarding "Merger Investigation Best Practices." The workshop, which will focus on general merger investigation best practices, is open to all interested parties, with no pre-registration required. Additional general sessions on best practices will be held in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, in June; a general session and related workshops on electronic records and accounting and financial data will be held in Washington, D.C. in June and July. Information about these additional workshops is available at www.ftc.gov. Anyone wishing to submit written comments in advance of the sessions may do so at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Detailed information on the Chicago Best Practices workshop is provided below:
General Session on Best Practices -
June 18, 2002; 12:00-1:30 pm (Central)
The Commission is using this workshop to solicit input from a broad range of interest groups including corporate personnel, outside and in-house attorneys, economists, consumer groups, and others who have participated in the merger review process. Specific areas in which the Commission is seeking input include:the best use of the initial waiting period , the content and scope of second requests, negotiating modifications to second requests, the efficiency of the merger review process, and the time and expense involved in the process. Accordingly, all interested parties are invited to attend and offer views and comments on specific steps the Commission can take to further streamline and make more efficient any aspect of the merger investigation process. FTC participants at this session will include Michael G. Cowie , senior litigation counsel; Rhett R. Krulla, deputy assistant director, Mergers II Division; and Steven K. Bernstein, deputy assistant director, Mergers I Division.
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: email@example.com; 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.