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Event Description

The Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department are co-hosting a workshop to facilitate public dialogue on the 2023 Draft Merger Guidelines the agencies announced in July.

The workshop is aimed at promoting a dynamic discussion about the draft guidelines to complement the comments  submitted to the agencies by the public. The goal of the merger guidelines update is to better reflect how the agencies determine a merger’s effect on competition in the modern economy and evaluate proposed mergers under the law.

The virtual workshop will feature two panel discussions with former enforcers, academics, economists, and practitioners regarding questions and issues on which public comment will be most useful.

The workshop will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. ET and and participants that register will receive a link to view the event virtually .

  • Agenda

    Thursday, October 5

    1:30 pm

    Welcome and Introduction

    John Haigh, Co-Director, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School

    David Lawrence, U.S. Department of Justice

    1:45 pm

    Panel 1: Evidentiary and Analytical Tools for Assessing Competition


    Leemore Dafny, Harvard Business School
    Martin Gaynor, Carnegie Mellon University
    Louis Kaplow, Harvard Law School
    Economics Department Dominic Vote, WilmerHale LLP


    Aviv Nevo, Federal Trade Commission

    3:00 pm


    3:15 pm

    Panel 2: Competition For, On and to Displace Platforms and Entrenchment


    Daniel Francis, New York University School of Law  
    Elinor Hoffmann, New York Attorney General, Antitrust Bureau
    Kristen Limarzi, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
    Marc Rysman, Boston University


    Susan Athey, U.S. Department of Justice

    4:30 pm

    Concluding Remarks

    Kenneth Merber, Federal Trade Commission

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