Joseph Winterscheid was interviewed on August 23 by the National Law Journal regarding the Federal Trade Commission's new guidelines on horizontal mergers between competitors. He said that the guidelines will make such mergers "a more fluid process…. Companies and their counsel will need to be a little more adept at being prepared for more in-depth reviews at the early stages than we've seen in prior years." Mr. Winterscheid expects such government reviews to be more fact-intensive, so the merger parties will "want to have a better understanding of [the] full range of competitive issues that might be raised, as opposed to companies' relative position in the marketplace." But he did not see an increase in rejections of proposed mergers, saying that "the new guidelines reflect … how the agencies have been approaching merger analysis for the last couple of years."