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Mike Denniston has an active practice assisting the firm’s healthcare clients with their antitrust and competition issues. His practice encompasses not only litigation and advising work, but also working with the Healthcare and Corporate Practice Groups on mergers. He also advises clients on the antitrust issues associated with joint ventures and other collaborations between competitors, and on compliance with the Non-Profit Institutions provision of the Robinson-Patman Act. He also handles the trademark needs of a number of hospitals and other healthcare providers.


Mike regularly works on premerger advising and notification for healthcare clients pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. Transactions on which he has provided advice and counsel range from transactions that are not likely to be challenged and in which the agency grants Early Termination to transactions with potential antitrust risk which require detailed engagement of and negotiations with the FTC and Department of Justice.


Notable Matters

  • Successful clearance of a merger between two healthcare providers in the correctional medical services field that was investigated by the FTC
  • Successful termination of a non-public investigation by the FTC without issuance of a complaint of alleged anticompetitive practices in among dental providers
  • Advice on formation and operation of joint ventures between hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers
  • Advice on mergers and non-merger collaboration efforts between competing health care providers



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Michael S. Denniston - America's Top 50 Lawyer - Healthcare - Alabama

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