Air New Zealand/ Ansett

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The New Zealand Commerce Commission has judged the 1997 merger between the Air New Zealand and Ansett Australia domestic airfreight operations to be anti-competitive for the same-day airfreight market, and will require the parties to renegotiate the deal.

Barr Laboratories/ DuPont

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The US District Court of Delaware recently ruled that Barr Laboratories could proceed with its antitrust suit against DuPont.

Reliant Energy/ UNA

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Houston-based energy firm Reliant is to enter the European Energy market with the US$2.4 billion acquisition of NV Energieproduktiebedrijf UNA, one of the biggest power companies in the Netherlands. The acquisition will take place over seven years because the Dutch energy market is not due to be fully liberalised until 2007.

Scottish Power/PacifiCorp

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Scottish Power plc has announced that it is to merge with US firm PacifiCorp to create one of the 10 largest utilities companies in the world, with a stock market value estimated at US$19.6 billion.

Hogan & Hartson opens New York office

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Washington DC firm Hogan & Hartson opened a New York office on November 30 last year, bringing the number of cities the firm operates in to 14.

Clifford Chance/Wirot International

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Clifford Chance’s Thailand office expects to complete its merger with Bangkok-based law firm Wirot International by mid-February.

Allen & Overy/MPS

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Allen & Overy has extended its presence to Thailand following a merger with local firm MPS & Associates on November 1 last year.

LECG moves in both London and Brussels

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Economic consultants LECG have moved offices in both London and Brussels due to rapid expansion.

Feddersen Laule Scherzberg & Ohle Hansen Ewerwahn/ Finkelnburg & Clemm

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Schön Nolte’s former partner firm, Finkelnburg & Clemm, pursued its own new direction in a merger with German firm Feddersen Laule Scherberge & Ohle Hansen Ewerwahn announced on January 1.

Schön Nolte/Gaedertz

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Schön Nolte and Gaedertz merged on January 1 to create the fourth largest law firm in Germany, following the termination of Schön Nolte’s association with Finkelnburg & Clemm. The merged firm, which will be known as Gaedertz, has 185 lawyers and offices in nine German cities as well as in Brussels and Prague. The management sees the move as another step in the internationalisation of Gaedertz, and is currently considering further cooperation with either a continental European or UK firm.