FTC Hearing #8: Common Ownership

December 2018

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FTC Hearing #8: Common Ownership By Noah Pinegar (Paul Hastings)1

The eighth of the FTC’s Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century, held at New York University School of Law on December 6, 2018, focused on common ownership.  Common ownership is defined as shareholdings by a single investor, short of controlling interests, in multiple companies that compete with one another.2  Common ownership theories of antitrust harm posit that, notwithstanding the inability of a single investor to control the company in which it owns shares, holding shares in …

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