On 18 January 2022, the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission announced a joint public inquiry seeking comments on ways to “modernize” the federal merger guidelines and “strengthen merger enforcement.” The press release calls for public comments on a range of topics and highlights the agencies’ joint view that many industries across the economy are becoming more concentrated and “less competitive.” In their statements, both DOJ Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division, Jonathan Kanter, and FTC Chair, Lina M. Khan, announced an intention to “overhaul” the 2010 Horizontal Merger Guidelines and conduct a broad-based review of the 2020 Vertical Merger Guidelines.
Arvind S. Miriyala is an associate in Baker McKenzie's North America Antitrust & Competition Practice Group in Washington, DC. He advises clients on all aspects of antitrust law before the Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, US courts, and foreign competition authorities. He also maintains an active pro bono practice with a recent focus on antitrust issues related to occupational licensing. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Arvind was a Litigation Associate working on antitrust matters at another large international law firm. During law school, Arvind served as a judicial intern in the US District Court for the District of Columbia where he worked for the Honorable Reggie B. Walton as well as the US District Court for the District of Maryland where he worked for the Honorable Deborah K. Chasanow.