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Bates White professionals and affiliates help clients in communications and media industries with issues related to complex antitrust litigation, including horizontal conspiracies, monopolization, and vertical restraints. We advise clients on issues of market definition, market power, and procompetitive and anticompetitive behavior; and we evaluate competitive effects under antitrust and “public interest” standards. Rapid evolution of these industries, along with more recent phenomena such as cross-platform competition, can make such matters particularly complex; Bates White is equipped with the knowledge and experience to navigate these issues.

Our experts also assist clients with antitrust review of merger matters. Mergers in the communications and media industries often involve multiple jurisdictional reviews that include federal antitrust agencies, the FCC, and state regulatory agencies. We apply our experience with merger analysis to the special issues affecting these industries in order to assist merging parties, interested third parties, and government agencies. Increased globalization of communications firms means that international review is also sometimes required. Our alliance with E.CA Economics enhances our ability to provide antitrust and merger review services on an international scale.

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