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The American Antitrust Institute’s 17th Annual Conference "Living with Market Concentration? New Perspectives on Merger Policy" will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2016.    The plenary panels and breakout sessions will focus on merger enforcement against a backdrop made more complex by the wave of recent consolidation, growing evidence on the effects of previous consolidation, and challenges posed by merger remedies.

In a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the American Antitrust Institute (AAI) today outlined the competitive concerns raised by the proposed merger of beer giant AB InBev and rival SABMiller. The letter makes the case for why a remedy -- if the DOJ does not move to block the merger -- should not only restore competition but also enhance consumer welfare.

Experts from law, economics, and the business schools will convene on June 15 for the AAI’s 2016 Invitational Symposium, Non-price Effects And Mergers: A Multidisciplinary Perspective.  The symposium will examine the increasing importance of and emphasis on non-price dimensions of competition in merger analysis. This includes the effects of a merger on competition involving product quality, variety, service, and innovation.

The antitrust community has unfortunately said goodbye recently to three of its stalwarts. All three were good friends of the American Antitrust Institute whom we remember with much fondness.

Today, the American Antitrust Institute (AAI) released the monopolization chapter of its forthcoming Transition Report on Competition Policy to the 45th President of the United States. The chapter is entitled Restoring Monopoly and Exclusion as Core Competition Concerns.  This release is the second in a series of previews in which the AAI will make select chapters of the transition report available for download in advance of the November election. 

Professor Xiaoye Wang became a member of the American Antitrust Institute’s (AAI's) Advisory Board in 2010.

AAI Director Robert H. Lande's article "Class Warfare: Why Antitrust Class Actions Are Essential for Compensation and Deterrence" was published in Antitrust, Vol. 30, No. 2, Spring 2016.  

Bill Baer, the Acting Associate Attorney General of the Department of Justice, will deliver the keynote address at the American Antitrust Institute’s 17th Annual Conference on June 16 in Washington DC.

Today, the AAI released the merger chapter of its forthcoming Transition Report on Competition Policy to the 45th President of the United States.

Today, the AAI issued a letter to the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, John Conyers, and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, Hank Johnson. The SMARTER Act proposes “[t]o amend the Clayton Act and the Federal Trade Commission Act to provide that the Federal Trade Commission shall exercise authority with respect to mergers only under the Clayton Act and only in the same procedural manner as the Attorney General exercises such authority.” The AAI reviewed workload statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission to examine whether the premise of the SMARTER Act is sound. The review indicates that the concerns of the bill’s sponsors are without foundation and that the SMARTER Act would not serve the interests of competition or consumers. The letter summarizes AAI’s analysis and findings.

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