The European Commission today approved the $140 billion (€128 billion) merger between US agrichemical groups Dow Chemicals and DuPont, subject to the divestment of a substantial part of DuPont’s pesticides business.
Belgium’s Competition Authority fined yeast producer Algist Bruggeman €5.5 million on Thursday for fixing the prices at which its distributors could sell fresh yeast to bakeries, marking the enforcer’s first resale price maintenance fine.
Hungary’s Competition Authority has opened an investigation into travel website Booking.com after raiding the company earlier this month.
For one of the world’s leading competition enforcers, handing down only two behavioural fines in 2015 wasn’t a great look, especially compared to the now-defunct UK Office of Fair Trading’s appetite for enforcement.
The European Commission may consider separating Google’s online search and advertising businesses if any behavioural remedies it imposes fail, Sidley Austin partner Stephen Kinsella said today. Tom Webb in Brussels
Claudio Donato Monge and Marco López Volio
Daniel Pino Arroba and Paulette Ocampo
Alejandra Palacios Prieto
Paloma Alcántara and Fernando Carreño
Davit Akman, Ian Macdonald and François Baril
Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
Satyen Dhana, Christine Graham and Jacqueline Vallat
CMS Cameron McKenna (London)