Deals

Brazil greenlights AT&T/Time Warner

Brazil greenlights AT&T/Time Warner

19 October 2017

Brazil’s antitrust watchdog has approved AT&T’s $85.4 billion (€72 billion) acquisition of Time Warner, subject to behavioural remedies focused on Sky Brasil.

Dow/DuPont decision creates concerns

Dow/DuPont decision creates concerns

18 October 2017

Observers have reacted with uncertainty to the European Commission’s Dow/Dupont decision, and questioned how the European antitrust enforcer assesses innovation in mergers.

Bayer divests weed killers in Monsanto deal

Bayer divests weed killers in Monsanto deal

17 October 2017

Bayer aims to tackle the European Commission’s competition concerns about the chemical company’s acquisition of rival Monsanto by selling the non-selective herbicide and “LibertyLink” plant gene to BASF, subject to the enforcer’s approval of the Bayer/Monsanto deal.

DG Comp accepts up-front buyer to remedy Valeo deal

DG Comp accepts up-front buyer to remedy Valeo deal

16 October 2017

The European Commission has approved car equipment supplier Valeo’s takeover of German car parts maker FTE, subject to Valeo divesting part of its business to an up-front buyer.

ABA asks China to clarify draft merger amendments

ABA asks China to clarify draft merger amendments

13 October 2017

The American Bar Association’s antitrust and international law sections have suggested changes to and asked for clarifications on China’s proposed amendments to its 2009 merger review laws.

CMA set to clear food ordering deal

CMA set to clear food ordering deal

13 October 2017

The UK’s antitrust enforcer has provisionally cleared Just Eat’s purchase of Hungryhouse despite customer concerns, due in part to Hungryhouse’s weakness as a rival in the “dynamic and evolving” market for ordering food online.

Iceland green-lights Vodafone acquisition of local media company

Iceland green-lights Vodafone acquisition of local media company

12 October 2017

Iceland’s competition enforcer has approved Vodafone Iceland’s acquisition of most assets of the media company 365, subject to a divestment commitment and an obligation for the new entity to open up its network to smaller competitors.

CMA outlines theories of harm from Fox/Sky

CMA outlines theories of harm from Fox/Sky

10 October 2017

The UK’s antitrust watchdog today detailed how 21st Century Fox’s takeover of Sky could infringe broadcasting standards and hinder media plurality, and called for third parties’ opinions and evidence.

Singapore holds up marine deal cleared in UK

Singapore holds up marine deal cleared in UK

10 October 2017

The Competition Commission of Singapore has said Wilhelmsen Maritime Services must offer commitments to solve competition concerns or face an in-depth review of its proposed acquisition of certain businesses from Drew Marine.

ACCC needs to be more court-ready, says chair

ACCC needs to be more court-ready, says chair

10 October 2017

The head of Australia’s antitrust enforcer has said the agency must be better prepared to explain to courts what should count as merger benefits.