When One Door Closes: Court Requires Divestiture In Long-Consummated Merger

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Congratulations! Your deal navigated through antitrust review, you closed the transaction, and you are making your way through the three-year integration plan. The target’s corporate office was closed, you have transitioned the back- office functions to your personnel and systems, and you have consolidated product lines. Concerns about antitrust risk are long past. “Not so fast,” says one federal court.