Vertical mergers present unique doctrinal and economic issues and are rarely challenged in court, so when two vertical merger opinions are issued in a short period of time, it is a great opportunity to check in on this area of antitrust law. What are the facts and legal arguments that led to defense victories in the recently litigated UnitedHealth Group – Change Healthcare and Illumina – Grail mergers (currently under appeal)? Sara Razi, Partner at Simpson Thacher and counsel for Change, joins Sergei Zaslavsky and Jaclyn Phillips to discuss these important cases. Listen to this episode to learn more about these two cases and the important lessons they hold for merger litigation practitioners.
Sara Razi, Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
UnitedHealth Group – Change Healthcare district court opinion
Illumina – Grail administrative law judge opinion
Sergei Zaslavsky, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP and Jaclyn Phillips, Associate, White & Case LLP