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Vanessa G. Jacobsen, Partner, Co-Chair, Antitrust Group, Eimer Stahl LLP to Speak at Knowledge Congress’ Live Webcast

New York, NY, January 19, 2016 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Vanessa G. Jacobsen, Partner, Co-chair, Antitrust Group, Eimer Stahl LLP will speak at a 2-hour webcast entitled “Identifying and Mitigating Antitrust 'Red Flags' in Business Transactions in 2015 and Beyond LIVE Webcast” This two-hour event is scheduled on October 28, 2015 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (ET).

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Event Summary:

In February this year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint seeking an injunction to prevent Sysco Corporation from purchasing US Foods Inc., alleging that the deal would give Sysco too much influence in the food service distribution market. Again in February a federal judge ruled that American Express Co. anti-steering rules prevented merchants from encouraging their consumers to use other credit card brands and thereby violate antitrust laws.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently settled with Coach USA Inc. to break up a joint venture with City Sights LLC, which created a monopoly ‘hop-on / hop-off’ bus service in New York City, using a rarely used remedy of disgorgement to recover $7.5 million in profits from the defendants.

These cases typify the aggressive stance increasingly taken by antitrust agencies regarding transactions that are not reportable under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act. It also highlights the need for careful evaluation and preparation where there are antitrust implications since antitrust enforcers frequently investigate and challenge non-reportable transactions. Size isn’t very important either. In 2011, the DOJ challenged the purchase of a chicken processing complex worth only $3.1 million.

Parties to mergers and joint ventures should not assume that no HSR filing requirement preordains a lack of antitrust risk. Parties can mitigate risk by allocating it in the transaction agreement or by informing relevant agencies of intent prior to closing any deals. Counsel needs to advise parties about antitrust risk throughout the initial dealings and beyond closing.

In this two hour, live Webcast a panel of professionals assembled by The Knowledge Group will provide the audience with an overview of recent antitrust cases and discuss ways of Identifying and Mitigating Antitrust ‘Red Flags’ in Business Transactions in 2015 and Beyond.

In a two-hour live Webcast, the speakers will discuss:

- Antitrust Legislations – Overview
- Antitrust Litigations and Settlements
- Business Transactions: Antitrust Implications
- Identifying Antitrust Red Flags
- Risk Management Strategies
- Regulatory Updates

About Vanessa G. Jacobsen

Vanessa G. Jacobsen is a partner at Eimer Stahl LLP and co-chairs the firm’s Antitrust Group. She has experience in a wide variety of commercial litigation and arbitration matters, with a particular focus on antitrust litigation, class action defense and agricultural cooperative law. She also has substantial experience prosecuting and defending breach of contract, fraud and business tort cases.
Competition Law360 recently selected Vanessa to serve on its Editorial Advisory Board. She also was appointed to the Legal, Tax and Accounting Committee of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and is a member of its Antitrust Subcommittee. Vanessa also is a member of the Antitrust and Litigation sections and the Business Torts Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association. In addition, she recently completed an appointment by the Supreme Court of Illinois to serve on the Special Supreme Court Committee on E-Business. She also is a member of the Seventh Circuit’s Electronic Discovery Committee.

About Eimer Stahl LLP

Eimer Stahl LLP is a boutique litigation firm that focuses on antitrust law and represents major clients in large, complex antitrust lawsuits. Eimer Stahl’s clients include leading national and international corporations in a variety of industries, including chemicals, agriculture, industrial goods, insurance, electronics, energy, consumer products, and technology.

About The Knowledge Group, LLC/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series

The Knowledge Congress is a series of live webcasts produced by The Knowledge Group, LLC, which examine trends, regulatory, and technology changes across a variety of industries. Its mission is to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webcasts that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format.

The organization brings together the world's leading authorities and industry participants through informative two-hour webcasts to study the impact of changes and emerging trends. Hear from leading government officials/regulators, key thought leaders, and industry experts objectively analyze the latest trends and issues and their impact on industries.
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