Interview: Former Monsanto Executive Talks Merger

Corrected & Updated:  CTFN’s Rachel Rigby interviewed Bernard Auxenfans, former Monsanto Worldwide Chief Operating Officer.  Auxenfans began his career with Monsanto in France, and held marketing and general management positions in the US, Canada, and Latin America before becoming worldwide COO of the Global Agriculture Sector. Auxenfans has the distinction of being the manager who … Read Morefeatured

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Attorneys Call Lipsky “Force” for Getting Deals Done

Last week, Federal Trade Commission Acting Chair Maureen Ohlhausen announced that she had appointed Abbott “Tad” Lipsky, Jr. to be the acting director of the FTC’s Bureau offeatured

Interview with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

She fiercely defends the Federal Communications Commission’s hotly debated decision on net neutrality, approved under the leadership of previous Democratic Chair Tom Wheeler. She vows to continue to focus her attention on publicfeatured

Time Warner/AT&T: Interview with Deal Critic

The top executive of a woman-owned television network whose testimony before a Senate subcommittee was highly critical of the proposed $85.4 billion Time Warner/AT&T merger, told CTFN that some lawmakers are now discussing whether expandedfeatured

FCC Direction in Question with Trump Transition

The future composition of the five-member Federal Communications Commission in the Trump Era provides a tantalizing parlor game for Washington insiders these days. What happens if FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler declines to step down after Donald J. Trump takes the oath of office in January, orfeatured

Trump’s Antitrust Transition Emerges

Former Federal Trade Commission commissioner Joshua Wright, who served on the commission from 2013 to 2015 before assuming a full-time faculty appointment at George Mason University School of Law has been tapped by the Trump transition to advise on antitrustfeatured

Staples Ruling Reinforces Brown Shoe Approach for Antitrust Enforcers

Among the takeaways from the Federal Trade Commission’s victory in the Staples case is the ability of antitrust enforcers to use their own judgement in grouping together, or clustering, products in order to establish a relevant market for calculatingfeatured

The Perfect Storm that Engulfed Valeant and Philidor

On Wednesday, October 14, a news release was issued by Canadian drug maker Valeant Pharmaceuticals International providing an “update regarding government inquiries.” But in journalism parlance, the company buried its lead. For in the second paragraph, Valeant mentioned that it had recently received subpoenas from U.S. Attorney’s in Massachusetts and New York regarding, among other … Read Morefeatured

Exclusive: Interview with the FTC’s Stephen Weissman

In choosing to challenge the merger of Sysco Corp. and US Foods, the Federal Trade Commission made no conscious attempt to draw a line in the sand for future cases. Every merger is going to be judged by antitrust regulators on the individual facts of the case and not by a clear red line that … Read Morefeatured

Inside the Mind of One of M&A’s Top Funds

As it turned out, the financial crisis of 2008 was one of the best things that happened to Michael T. Shannon of Westchester Capital Management, and his portfolio, the Merger Fund. During the crisis, the Merger Fund delivered negative, but near flat returns. In the months that followed, as the fund appeared in lists and … Read Morepublic


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