Agnaten SE, Compassion First, and NVA, In the Matter of

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In the Matter of Agnaten SE, a corporation; Veterinary Specialists of North America, LLC, a limited liability company; and NVA Parent Inc., a corporation.
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Veterinary service providers Compassion First and National Veterinary Associates, or NVA, have agreed to divest facilities in three locations to MedVet Associates, LLC, to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that Compassion First’s proposed $5 billion acquisition of NVA would violate federal antitrust law. According to the complaint, as proposed, the acquisition would harm competition in and around Asheville, N.C., and Greenville, S.C.; between Norwalk, Conn., and Yonkers, N.Y.; and  in and around Fairfax and Manassas, Va. for various specialty and emergency veterinary services, by eliminating close, head-to-head competition between the parties. Under the proposed settlement agreement, the order requires Compassion First and NVA to divest one clinic in each of the three geographic markets.