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Missed opportunities for German competition law

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Martin Bechtold of Pünder, Volhard, Weber & Axster, Frankfurt am Main, looks at the provisions of the latest legislation amending Germany’s competition law, and detects some muddled thinking

Revised German act gets thumbs down from lawyers

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Sebastian O’Meara went to Germany to sound out leading competition lawyers on their reactions to the forthcoming changes to the Federal Competition Law and found a mood of dissatisfaction

Merger review in the EU and US: substantive convergence and procedural dissonance

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William J Kolasky and Leon B Greenfield of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, Washington DC, show how substantive convergence in merger review in the EU and US stands in stark contrast to procedural differences

Protecting competition in Greece 1995-1998

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Dimitris Tzouganatos of the University of Athens Law School assesses how well Greece’s Competition Committee has been enforcing the provisions of the 1977 Antitrust Law

Argentine pharmaceutical patents: the final word?

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President Menem of Argentina recently signed a decree implementing a highly controversial, potentially anti-competitive patents law. Shane Sorenson looks at the arguments and the implications for local and foreign pharmaceutical companies.

Enforcing US criminal antitrust in a global market

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Bruce F Metge of Mintz Levin, Washington DC questions the purpose and benefit of enforcing the United States’ criminal antitrust provisions in the global marketplace.

Authorisation for coordinated marketing of natural gas

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Professor Robert Baxt and Darren Murphy of Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks, Melbourne, Australia, on the Australian Competition Consumer Commission’s authorisation on public benefits grounds of the coordinated marketing activities of the North West Shelf Project participants.

Australia: ACCC gives PepsiCo green light

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The ACCC did not intervene in the recent acquisition of Smiths Snackfoods by PepsiCo. Informal clearance was provided to PepsiCo after Frito-Lay Australia divested a portfolio of brands, assets and intellectual property called 'Snack Brands Australia' to Dollar Sweets Holdings. The divestment addressed the ACCC’s concerns that the acquisition, without a simultaneous divestiture, would result in a substantial lessening of competition in a market.

Belgium: Duty to suspend a concentration before clearance

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Taken with Amylum, Bodycote means that Article 12§4 permits the transfer of shares, but not the exercise of the attached voting rights.

Canada: Bureau allows Conrad Black’s Southam to buy Financial Post

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The Competition Bureau has revisited two business areas well known to it from transactions challenged previously, this time allowing a newspaper deal to proceed but finding significant problems in a proposed petroleum marketing and refining joint venture.