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Economic Issues in Merger Analysis for Platforms

The authors use recent enforcement examples to discuss market definition, theory of harm, and efficiencies in merger cases involving platforms.

Podcasts and Videos

Cornerstone Research Experts in Focus: FTC Withdrawal from U.S. Vertical Merger Guidelines

This podcast brings together former economic leaders from the FTC and DOJ to provide their insights into the FTC’s decision and future iterations of the Vertical Merger Guidelines.


A Tale of Two Sides: Sabre/Farelogix in the United States and the U.K.

The authors discuss the differing conclusions of the U.S. and U.K. courts in the proposed Sabre/Farelogix merger in this Journal of European Competition Law & Practice article.


Evaluating Innovation Theories of Harm in Merger Review: Economic Frameworks and Difficulties

The authors discuss recent life science cases that deal with innovation theories of harm, and what economic models can be useful in reviewing proposed mergers in this space.

Press Release

Cornerstone Research Staff and Experts Submit Comments to Multilateral Pharmaceutical Merger Task Force

Comments emphasize the need for the FTC to consider the varied effects of mergers on innovation.


The Future of Economics in Merger Trials: Rumors of Its Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

The authors discuss the role of economics in recent merger trials and analyze what makes economic testimony compelling within the current legal framework.


Tronox Holdings plc.’s Proposed Acquisition of TiZir Titanium and Iron

The FTC voted to close its investigation after the parties abandoned the transaction.


In the Matter of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

Following the FTC’s lawsuit, the parties abandoned the proposed merger of two health systems.


Trends in Merger Investigations and Enforcement at the U.S. Antitrust Agencies

This Cornerstone Research report provides analyses of merger enforcement activity by merger size, industry, and agency in the United States.


Trends in Merger Investigations and Enforcement at the U.S. Antitrust Agencies: Fiscal Years 2010–2019

The number of merger transactions reported to U.S. government agencies continued to rise in fiscal year 2019, but showed signs of leveling off.


The Role of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Competition Proceedings: Key Takeaways

At an October 2020 webinar, attorneys, economists and academics discussed a range of topics related to artificial intelligence and machine learning in competition cases.


MergerFest 2020: Alternative Counterfactuals in Merger Enforcement: Key Takeaways

In May 2020, Cornerstone Research hosted an expert panel that addressed topics related to alternative counterfactuals in merger enforcement, from potential competition to the failing firm defence.

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