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UnitedHealth, Change Healthcare merger can proceed with divestiture, US judge rules

By Serafina Smith and Khushita Vasant
  • 20 Sep 2022 00:52
  • 20 Sep 2022 15:38
UnitedHealth’s proposed $13 billion acquisition of Change Healthcare can proceed, a US federal judge ruled today, denying the Department of Justice’s antitrust suit to block the merger. 
Judge Carl Nichols of the District of Columbia also ordered that Change Healthcare divest its health claims editing business – ClaimsXTen – to

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Serafina Smith


Serafina Smith covers mergers and acquisitions for MLex from New York. Before becoming a journalist, Serafina was a paralegal supporting the United States Department of Justice, where she worked on foreign bribery and money laundering cases. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Georgetown University.

Khushita Vasant

Chief Antitrust Correspondent, US

Khushita covers US antitrust enforcement and litigation for MLex. A former Brussels hand, she wrote about about antitrust & mergers for the Policy and Regulatory Report (PaRR), she has covered the EU's actions against Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon to name a few. Khushita specialises in tech and patent policy coverage which featured in the Concurrences Antitrust Writing Awards. Previously as a financial journalist for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires, she wrote about monetary policy and the bond and currency markets. Khushita studied journalism at Mumbai University, and received an Erasmus Mundus scholarship for a masters from universities in Germany and Austria.

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