Sources See FTC Approval for Rite Aid/Walgreens Merger Soon

Antitrust sources polled by CTFN believe that the Rite Aid/Walgreens deal and the associated divestiture of stores to Fred’s will be approved by the Federal Trade Commission soon, withoutfeatured

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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

Rivals Call for Conditional Approval of Dow/DuPont in Brazil

German chemical company BASF has asked Brazilian regulator CADE to impose remedies on the planned merger between US peers Dow and DuPont, CTFN has learned. In a regulatory filing published on Februaryfeatured

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Court to Speed Appeal in Cigna/Anthem Case

The US Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, has agreed to Anthem’s request for an expedited appeal of the lower court ruling blocking Anthem’s $54 billion merger withfeatured

Sources See WhiteWave and Danone Waiting for Better Audience at DOJ

WhiteWave and Danone appear to be waiting for the new administration to reshape the antitrust division of the Department of Justice and for new personnel to decide upon the outcome of their mergerfeatured

Options Narrow for Anthem Appeal

A federal appeals court has set a preliminary schedule for Anthem’s bid to overturn last week’s ruling blocking Anthem’s proposed merger with Cigna, but the schedule makes it impossiblefeatured

Improved Store Mix Likely to Make Fred’s Acceptable Fix in Walgreens’ Acquisition of Rite Aid

Walgreens appears to be positioned to shortly offer up a newly revised divestiture package to the Federal Trade Commission that should enable its acquisition of Rite Aid to proceed, antitrustfeatured

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Qualcomm’s EC Filing for NXP Imminent

With additional reporting by Sarah Cohen – Qualcomm’s merger control filing for its acquisition of NXP Semiconductors with the European Commission is imminent, however the clearancefeatured

Deal Movement at FTC Projected to Pick-up

Edith Ramirez, who has served on the Federal Trade Commission since April 2010 and as FTC Chair since March 2013 steps down today. Her departure means deal movement at the FTCfeatured

Anthem Appeal Could Buy Time

Anthem said it will ask for an expedited appeal of Wednesday’s federal court ruling blocking its merger with Cigna, at least extending the deadline for which it will be liable for a reversefeatured

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