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Barbara T. Sicalides Quoted in Law360 Article, 'The Hurdles That Could Trip Up IBM's $34B Red Hat Deal'

10/31/2018
Barbara T. Sicalides Quoted in Law360 Article, 'The Hurdles That Could Trip Up IBM's $34B Red Hat Deal'

Barbara T. Sicalides, a partner with Pepper Hamilton and head of the Antitrust Section of the firm’s Trial and Dispute Resolution Practice Group, was quoted in the October 30, 2018 Law360 article, "The Hurdles That Could Trip Up IBM's $34B Red Hat Deal."

"Red Hat and IBM both have cloud solution products, which is the focus of the deal," said Barbara Sicalides, a partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP and head of the antitrust section of the firm's trial and dispute resolution practice group.

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Authorities will also generally be looking to see whether IBM's "stated reason for doing the deal holds up," Sicalides said.

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"This could be important to the enforcement agencies," Sicalides said.

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"Generally, the U.S. agencies will not likely pose a significant hurdle to the deal," Sicalides said. "I would think that the EC will look at it very closely, but as long as IBM convinces the EC that it will maintain GDPR obligations, live up to its open source commitment and not use the Red Hat technology [and] products to block competitors, the deal will not be held up for long."

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