Panelists examined the relevant trends and developments in M&A and merger control that are particularly relevant to companies in the energy sector. This included a discussion on:
- trends in merger enforcement, including the impact of the changing political environment on antitrust review of deals in Europe and the U.S.;
- practical aspects in considering energy transactions in a challenging market, such as mechanisms for bridging valuation gaps and clean team application;
- the effects of volatility in oil prices on deal flow and enforcement agencies' substantive review of deals in traditional energy sectors; and
- the relevance to energy deals of new strategic investment controls in Europe.
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