EI Chairman Barry C. Harris assists ScanSoft Inc. in the acquisition of Nuance Communication.

ScanSoft recently completed its acquisition of Nuance after the Department of Justice found no reason to challenge the acquisition on antitrust grounds. The firms were the two leading worldwide suppliers of voice recognition software. EI Principal Barry C. Harris worked with attorneys from Howrey and Wilson, Sonsini to help persuade DOJ not to challenge the acquisition. His analysis demonstrated that because of competition among different customer-response systems, the evolving nature of the technology, and recent entry, the acquisition would not threaten competition.