The nudge from the European Union combined with the Essendant agreement may be enough for the FTC to move forward with the approval of the merger. There is, however, the possibility that come May 10th the FTC will decide that the $550 million in US divestitures is not enough to mitigate competition concerns. Should the merger pull through, it will be interesting to evaluate the impact the deal has on companies included in the divested contracts, and if it will truly allow minority and woman-owned companies to compete nationally.
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