Germany blocks ticketing takeover

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.

Australian tribunal clears Tabcorp/Tatts again

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.  

COFECE challenges Mexico’s government

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.

  • ECJ: EU commitments don't block national scrutiny

    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 grows in London

    Cornerstone Research has added two new principals to its European practice with Maria Maher and Vivek Mani both joining the consultancy’s London office.

  • French enforcer aims to shake up pharma market

    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. 

DOJ sues to block AT&T from Time Warner "weapon"

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”.

Thankful the wait is over: The Tipline for 21 November 2017

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. 

An interview with Andrea Coscelli

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.

EU Cartel Analysis: The Appeals

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.

Cornerstone grows in London

Cornerstone Research has added two new principals to its European practice with Maria Maher and Vivek Mani both joining the consultancy’s London office.

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