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With the industry under increased scrutiny, sponsors must be more active on legislative and regulatory engagement. Our partners Michael Fieweger and John Fedele weigh in.

In brief

There is growing attention on private equity from antitrust regulators. In 2022, the US Federal Trade Commission placed a condition on JAB Consumer Partners’ acquisition and required prior approval and notice regarding future acquisitions in the same space. Sponsors are encouraged to be more active with legislative and regulatory engagement and behave more like large corporates.

Download the full PEI Keynote Interview article with Michael Fieweger and John Fedele here.


John Fedele is a member of Baker McKenzie's antitrust practice and is located in its Washington, DC office. While he has a broad range of antitrust experience, he most frequently represents clients before the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in investigations of proposed mergers and acquisitions, and routinely analyzes and manages filing obligations under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act and foreign competition regimes. John is a member of the Washington D.C. office’s Diversity Advisory Committee, serves as a contact in the firm’s PointONE program designed to allow employees to raise workplace concerns in a safe space, and maintains an active pro bono practice. He also is a member of Baker McKenzie’s Global Merger Control Task Force.


Michael Fieweger represents private equity and venture capital funds, institutions, family offices and hedge funds and strategic acquirers in their formation and global acquisition and investment activities. Michael has a background in corporate finance, having previously served as a commercial lending officer with a division of JP Morgan Chase in Chicago. He is the chairman of the Firm's Global Private Equity Practice Group.

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