The Draft Merger Guidelines: First Impressions and Comments

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The much-anticipated draft Merger Guidelines have been released by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. 

The Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy is pleased to host this Georgetown on the Hill event designed to provide a first-look discussion of the proposed Merger Guidelines.  The event will inform academics, lawyers, businesspeople and the general public what is in the newly proposed guidelines, what changes have been made from the 2010 Guidelines, how the proposed changes may affect firms and markets, and their potential reception by the courts.
This event will include opening remarks from prominent members of the FTC and the Department of Justice, and a moderated panel discussion featuring antitrust experts from the legal and economic arenas.

Opening Remarks

  • Aviv Nevo
    The George A. Weiss and Lydia Bravo Weiss University Professor, University of Pennsylvania and current Director of the Bureau of Economics at the FTC
  • David Lawrence
    Policy Director, Antitrust Division, United States Department of Justice.


  • John Mayo
    Elsa Carlson McDonough Chair of Business Administration
    Professor of Economics, Business and Public Policy
    Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
  • Mark Whitener
    Senior Fellow, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy, and
    Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business


  • Deborah Garza
    Partner, Rule, Garza and Howley
  • Diana Moss
    President, American Antitrust Institute
  • Howard Shelanski
    Joseph and Madeline Sheehy Chair in Antitrust Law and Trade
    Georgetown University Law Center

Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2023
Time: 11:00am to 12:30pm
Location: Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies
640 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, DC 20001

This forum is part of the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy’s Georgetown on the Hill series at which we convene policymakers, academics, and industry experts to discuss important economic policy issues of the day.