ANTITRUST CONCERNS BLOCK DOW DUPONT MERGER
Dow Chemicals and DuPont had a massive $130 billion merger in the works, but the two companies have run into a problem that has plagued large companies trying to merge since the Sherman antitrust act passed. Both companies produce crop and seed and are trying to compete with market leader Monsanto. This merger would almost guarantee Dow DuPont market exclusivity, an idea which unsettles Europe’s top competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager. Her job is to make sure farmers have access to products whose prices are not jacked up and she thinks this merger would hinder that.