Antitrust enforcers, academics, and politicians are embroiled in a debate over whether the consumer welfare standard is the right policy for antitrust enforcement in the U.S. What are they fighting about and why does it matter? In this episode, we talk to Fiona Schaeffer and Ilana Kattan, two prominent antitrust practitioners and leaders in the ABA Antitrust Law Section, about what the consumer welfare standard is, and why it is the subject of intense debate in the US and globally. Listen to this episode to learn how the outcome of that debate will have significant ramifications for business conduct, mergers, and the U.S. economy as a whole.
Fiona Schaeffer, Partner, Milbank LLP
Ilana Kattan, Senior Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Watch the Antitrust Law Section’s “hot tub” debate about the consumer welfare standard! Livestream at 12 noon Eastern Standard Time on February 10, 2022, and on demand at the Section’s YouTube channel
Alicia Downey, Downey Law LLC and Sergei Zaslavsky, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP