Sources Believe Rite Aid/Walgreens Deal Likely Completes

Notwithstanding the apparent market consensus, it is more likely than not the Rite Aid/Walgreens merger is ultimately approved by the Federal Trade Commission, various antitrustfeatured

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Rite Aid and Walgreens Waiting on FTC Commissioners

An attorney who previously worked with a third party in the merger of Rite Aid and Walgreens Boots Alliance told CTFN that the Federal Trade Commission has ramped up its resourcesfeatured

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Rite Aid/Walgreens State of Play Driven by Commissioner Dynamics

Senior antitrust sources told CTFN that the interplay of the two sitting commissioners on the Federal Trade Commission likely drove Walgreens’ strategy of certifying substantial compliancefeatured

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Walgreens Likely to Fight for Rite Aid, Though Sources View Settlement as More Probable

Walgreens is committed to the Rite Aid transaction and would see the case through litigation if it comes to that, a former Walgreens executive and a senior antitrust attorney toldfeatured

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Depositions in Rite Aid/Walgreens Seen as Standard Practice

A former division head within the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition told CTFN that, “there are multiple tracks of discussions going on right now,” between Walgreens, Rite Aid, Fred’s, andfeatured

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Walgreens Still Working on Sweetened Rite Aid Divestiture Package

Walgreens’ Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Stefano Pessina said on Wednesday’s earnings call, “We are cooperating with the FTC, Rite Aid, and Fred’s to get the necessary approval. At thefeatured

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Rite Aid/Walgreens Review Stalls Pending Next Move from Companies

A former division head within the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition told CTFN that Walgreens and the FTC are not having constructive discussions, and that the matterfeatured

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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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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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Antitrust Experts See FTC Reluctance on Rite Aid/Walgreens as Concerns over Divestiture Buyer

Asked why the proposed Rite Aid/Walgreens divestiture plan of selling 865 stores to Fred’s faltered before the Federal Trade Commission, antitrust sources polled by CTFN see the issuefeatured

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