Steven E. Siesser, Chair of the firm’s Private Equity practice and Co-Chair of the Transactions & Advisory Group, comments in Bloomberg Law on the Federal Trade Commission’s recent announcement that it can no longer review mergers and acquisitions within 30 days, as required by the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act; due to the high volume of deals lately, now an investigation may remain open and then subsequently be declared unlawful. “There is no indication of if and when the FTC will tell you the deal is good to go,” Siesser says. “And that leaves you in limbo, which is a real problem because it is an open-ended risk situation.” He adds that this may result in parties being less willing to close deals, requiring contractual changes to mitigate risk of possible future unwinding: “That’s a big deal and a matter of meaningful impact to M&A practitioners already looking to close mergers and acquisitions at a time when activity is so robust, and it’s just such volume in the market.”