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[$$] FTC: Staples to Establish 'Firewall' After Essendant Deal

Staples, which is owned by private-equity firm Sycamore Partners, is in the process of buying Essendant for about $482.7 million. The FTC said in a complaint filed with a proposed consent agreement that the deal could have given Staples “access to commercially sensitive business information on Essendant’s reseller customers,” which could affect Staples prices.