The Failing Company Defense After the Commentary: Let it Go

This Note proposes the abolishment of the failing company defense in merger control law. This call for reform is based on a comprehensive critique, which consists of a revisit of the doctrinal history, a survey of problems in current practice, and an inquiry into the normative merits of both the status quo and alternative plans. The reform advocated will purify the doctrine and improve the practice with minimum adjustments, in line with the ongoing movement to modernize merger review with the publication of the Commentary to the Merger Guidelines.