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Deals Delayed as Government Shutdown Continues

The partial U.S. government shutdown is now entering its third week, and new spending packages have not yet moved Congress and the president to reopen nine unfunded federal departments, including the Federal Trade Commission and thefeatured

Nonessential FTC Employees to be Furloughed

At 11:59 p.m. on December 28, 2018, nonessential employees at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission will be furloughed as a result of the government shutdown, the regulatory agency confirmed to CTFN.featured

Three Essentials from CTFN this Week

RHT/IBM IBM’s acquisition of open source cloud software company Red Hat should not raise major competition concerns, sources told CTFN. NXTM/FRE:GR A decision from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission regarding the acquisition of NxStage Medical by Fresenius is expected any day, FTC sources told CTFN. EDP:PL/China Three Gorges Tiago Corrêa do Amaral, public law and … Read Morefeatured

FTC Decision on NxStage/Fresenius Nears

A decision from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission regarding the acquisition of NxStage Medical by Fresenius is expected any day, FTC sources told CTFN.featured

Three Essentials from CTFN this Week

DISCK/DISCA Buying shares of DISCK and shorting an equivalent dollar amount of DISCA could be attractive to relative value investors as a low-risk trade given current levels and the expectation that management is likely to be back in the market repurchasing DISCK shares as early as the first or second quarter of next year. AVA/H:CN … Read Morefeatured

NxStage/Fresenius Merger: FTC Update

A recommendation to approve a consent order that would allow Fresenius to move forward with its acquisition of NxStage moved from the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition to thefeatured

Four Essentials from CTFN this Week

EDP:PL Pre-notification discussions between China Three Gorges and the European Commission with regards to CTG’s acquisition of Energias de Portugal are “quite standard” and take a lot of time generally, a person close to the matter told CTFN. AVA/H:CN Signs have emerged among regulatory agencies in the Pacific Northwest that the pending $5.3 billion merger … Read Morefeatured

Proposed NxStage/Fresenius Settlement Agreement Advanced to Commissioners

A proposed settlement agreement resolving the FTC’s Bureau of Competition’s concerns with Fresenius’s acquisition of NxStage appears to have passed to the commissioner levelfeatured

Five Essentials from CTFN this Week

AET/CVS On the sidelines of the Connecticut Insurance Department Form A hearing regarding CVS Health’s $69 billion acquisition of Aetna, CVS general counsel Tom Moriarty told CTFN the parties are making good progress with the pending antitrust review with the Department of Justice, and “are almost there.” SHPG/4502:JP Chances that the group of Takeda minority … Read Morefeatured

Peritoneal Divestiture Also Required in Fresenius Acquisition of NxStage

The review by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission of the acquisition of NxStage by Fresenius is on track and moving forward, according to a source familiar with the matter.featured

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