Seasoned business principals in Maricopa County and elsewhere across Arizona know that many sets of eyes routinely scrutinize the details surrounding contemplated company transactions.
And not every person watching is a decision maker inside the company or a counterpart in another business entity with which a joint venture, partnership, merger or other corporate opportunity is being explored.
In fact, a key party in many business dealings is one or a host of government actors that are peering in at a would-be transaction, with concerns ranging from property use and taxation to environmental compliance and public health concerns.
And fair competition.
That latter concern emerged sharply just last week, commensurate with the filing of a lawsuit in federal court by U.S. regulators who are objecting to the would-be merger between oil industry behemoths Halliburton and Baker Hughes.
That consolidation would not benefit the American people, noted U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch in a statement made regarding the federal government’s objection to the merger.
In fact, it would “skew energy markets and harm American consumers,” said Lynch, whose additional utterances on the matter made clear her view that a linkage of the two companies would result in unfair competition and impinge on free market activity.
Officials in any company of appreciable tenure and resources know that government authorities can — and often do — enter into the picture when a new business move is contemplated or announced. Indeed, government involvement is a distinct possibility that a foresighted business entity will anticipate and make plans to purposefully respond to.
An experienced commercial law firm can help a business do that, by identifying sources of government concern and helping business principals craft a strategy that optimally deals with matters of interest to government regulators.
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