Market Trends 2020: Merger Remedies


This article provides market trends in Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission Merger Remedies in 2020. It focuses on settlements negotiated between the antitrust agencies and merging parties, called consent decrees or consent orders. Specifically, it looks at how many consent decrees each of the DOJ and FTC entered into during 2020, how many decrees were in horizontal versus vertical mergers, how many consent decrees involved upfront buyers, and finally, looks at some notable remedies. The merger remedies in this note can be found in the DOJ/FTC Antitrust Case Tracker (Merger).