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Czech brewers appeal

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The Czech competition office, the Urad pro ochranu hospodarske souteze, will have to review its decision to block a merger between two Czech breweries following an appeal by the two parties.

Severity of anti-competitive behaviour penalised

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Karel van Miert has set out tough new guidelines on the fining of businesses that breach competition rules.

FTC makes ‘buyer up front’ example of Diageo

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The Federal Trade Commission cleared the mammoth 184-jurisdiction Guinness/Grand Metropolitan merger’s US elements in December, but only on the condition that the new company, Diageo, divested its worldwide interests in the Dewar’s whisky and Bombay Gin brands.

Italy appoints new competition chief

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The Italian senate has appointed a new head of Italy’s competition bureau, the Autorità Garante.

New UK Competition Commission chairman appointed

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Derek Morris, a professor of economics at Oxford University, has been appointed chairman of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission.

Germany in state aid inquiry over parcel deliveries

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Brussels has turned its state aid spotlight on the German government over its funding of the state-owned parcel service.

Angel and Eagle reveal secret

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Secret talks lasting 18 months have culminated in an alliance-cum-merger between 950-lawyer UK firm Freshfields and 100-lawyer top German competition firm Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund.

Boeing’s point man lets off steam

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Boeing’s point man in Brussels, Ivo van Bael, claimed at the IBA’s Delhi conference last month that there were no checks on the 'tremendous power' wielded by the EU in the merger field.

Top Brussels boutique adds clout to White & Case

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One of the top three boutique firms in Brussels, Forrester Norall & Sutton, has linked up with US multinational firm White & Case to form a strong European trade and competition practice.

Washington unveils global task force

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US Department of Justice antitrust head Joel Klein and Attorney General Janet Reno have unveiled a pioneering task force to help tackle international antitrust problems in the 21st century.