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Public Interest Considerations and Competition Law – ABA Conference 30.04.18

The Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association (ABA) has organized a conference on Public Interest Considerations and Competition Law on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 8, 2018 in Düsseldorf. RBB Partner, Patrick Smith will speak on the second panel, which will examine the increased focus on public interest considerations in merger reviews. The conference addresses a topic of enormous practical significance, in light of increasing efforts in multiple jurisdictions—including the US and Europe—to strengthen governmental review of transactions on national security and other public interest grounds. Speakers will also examine actions taken under existing authority, such as the Edeka/Tengelmann grocery store merger in Germany and President Trump’s recent decision to block Broadcom’s proposed acquisition of Qualcomm.