As discussed in last week's post, there are a number of reasons different companies decide to merge with one another. Some of these reasons include strengthening their own products by merging with a competitor company or merging with a complementary company to expand their market.
Whatever the reason, there is little doubt that mergers affect not only the companies involved, but they also affect the market and the consumer. To ensure that consumers are not taken advantage of and that the merger is legal, these complex business transactions are monitored not just by one federal agency, but by two: the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. For companies, this means they must ensure compliance with numerous regulations and stay on top of changing laws.