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Private equity and antitrust: new risks from merger watchdogs

Global Competition Review


Wednesday, 27 February 2019
10:30 AM - 11.30 AM EST

In recent years, antitrust enforcers around the world have taken a marked interest in the activities of private equity houses and have exposed firms to new levels of scrutiny and enforcement. Private equity deals are now routinely reviewed by antitrust watchdogs in the United States and abroad, while in Europe, a private equity firm was targeted when a company in its portfolio was found to have fixed prices. For private equity houses and their advisers, understanding and assessing antitrust risks – and limiting exposure to enforcement – are a real necessity, particularly as strategic deals and ownership become more prevalent. In this webinar, a team from Kirkland & Ellis – one of the world’s premier antitrust and private equity advisers – will explain the deal-related antitrust issues that private equity firms face and strategies to mitigate them.


Matthew Reilly, Kirkland & Ellis

Matt Reilly is a partner in the Washington DC office of Kirkland & Ellis. His practice focuses on a wide range of antitrust matters, including antitrust litigation, complex transactions and antitrust counselling and government investigations. He is a former assistant director of the US Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Bureau of Competition. In this role, he served for five years as the head of the FTC’s Mergers IV Division, where he led numerous investigations and oversaw the FTC’s litigation efforts in industries such as hospitals, supermarkets and other retailers, and a variety of consumer products.

Mike DeRita, Kirkland & Ellis

Mike DeRita is an associate in the antitrust and competition group in the Washington DC office of Kirkland & Ellis. He represents clients before the US Department of Justice, the FTC and the state attorneys general in antitrust merger reviews and civil antitrust investigations. He began his career as an attorney in the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, Mergers IV Division, investigating and analysing mergers in the hospital, retail, supermarket and food distribution industries.



27 February 2019
15:30 - 16:25 UTC
55 min