Antitrust Concerns in Defense Transactions Under Trump

Overview


Jon Dubrow and Ryan Leske wrote this bylined article assessing possible Trump Administration antitrust policy toward defense industry mergers. Admitting that “Trump has not been outspoken” about his antitrust approach, the authors contended that “the entrance of a Republican administration and a presumably pro-defense, pro-business president suggests a more permissive antitrust policy for transactions in this sector” – while adding that M&A parties “need to be prepared to counter” antitrust theories used by regulators under Obama.