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FTC and DOJ Seek Public Help Identifying “Serial Acquisition Strategy” Targets

Summary of article from Seyfarth Shaw LLP, by Brandon Bigelow, Robyn Marsh:

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are expanding their investigation into businesses using “roll up” strategies to consolidate competitors and reduce competition across the U.S. economy. Previously, these agencies focused on the healthcare industry, but the new Request for Information invites the public to submit examples of companies using serial acquisition strategies in any industry. This move follows the FTC’s aggressive litigation against such strategies in the healthcare industry, as demonstrated in the case of FTC v. U.S. Anesthesia Partners, Inc. The May 23 Request for Information seeks input from a wide range of sources and invites them to identify specific examples of these strategies and their impact on competition. Public responses, due by July 22, 2024, may influence the government’s enforcement priorities and future actions across various markets and industries.