Germany’s competition enforcer has blocked online ticket seller CTS Eventim’s proposed acquisition of concert agency Four Artists, following concerns the deal could prevent rival ticketing systems from selling the agency’s tickets.
Australia’s Competition Tribunal has cleared betting company Tabcorp’s A$7.7 billion (€4.92 billion) acquisition of rival Tatts for a second time, after an appeals court ordered it to reconsider its first authorisation decision.
Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice will determine whether the Federal Economic Competition Commission can unilaterally regulate essential services, after the government’s executive branch ignored measures the antitrust enforcer recommended to deal with allegedly anticompetitive airport slot allocation.
Conduct that has led to the European Commission accepting commitments can still give rise to parallel national investigations, the European Court of Justice has ruled.
Cornerstone Research has added two new principals to its European practice with Maria Maher and Vivek Mani both joining the consultancy’s London office.
France’s antitrust agency has launched a second inquiry of the national pharmaceutical market, after policymakers largely ignored its first round of recommendations intended to encourage liberalisation.
The Department of Justice sued yesterday to block AT&T’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner, predicting that the world’s biggest telecommunications company would “use its control of Time Warner’s popular programming as a weapon to harm competition”.
GCR USA is taking a break for Thanksgiving, but we will be back in your inbox next Tuesday to catch you up on everything that happened over the holiday. Before we go, check out our coverage of the Department of Justice’s lawsuit to stop the merger between AT&T and Time Warner, as well as Bill Baer’s regrets about airline mergers.
Andrea Coscelli has been chief executive of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority since July 2017, after a stint as its acting chief following the departure of Alex Chisholm. Coscelli spoke to Hettie O’Brien about excessive prices, the CMA’s merger caseload, and whether antitrust is working for society.
As part of GCR’s third EU Cartel Survey, we examined five years of court decisions stemming from appeals against European Commission cartel cases. The data implies that DG Comp sees its decisions overturned or amended before the EU's High Court more often than observers have suggested.
A Federal Cartel Office official has said the antitrust community should stop talking about the “dark side” of big data. Janith Aranze at GCR Live Düsseldorf
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