EU takes Siemens/Alstom to Phase II

The European Commission has taken Siemens’s proposed deal with Alstom to a Phase II investigation, after China’s new competition authority unconditionally approved the deal last month.

McCarthy Tétrault grows its litigation team

Nikiforos Iatrou joined McCarthy Tétrault’s competition practice in the firm’s Toronto office today.

COFECE commissioners felt guidelines were redundant

Two commissioners at Mexico’s competition authority said that guidelines clarifying the legality of competitor collaboration reiterated issues already covered in other guidance, as revealed by the minutes for the meeting at which the draft guidelines were scrapped.

  • Snoep to head Dutch authority

    Martijn Snoep, who currently heads De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s competition practice, will step into the role of chairman at the Netherlands’ Competition Authority (ACM) on 1 September.

  • General Court dismisses power cables appeals

    The European General Court has dismissed all appeals challenging the European Commission’s 2014 power cables cartel decision and held that Goldman Sachs exerted “decisive influence” over its subsidiary Prysmian despite it only being a financial investor in the company.

  • Google faces EU complaint from rival app store

    Mobile app store Aptoide has filed an abuse of dominance complaint against Google, claiming that the Alphabet subsidiary blocked the company’s own marketplace application from working on Android devices.

Ninth Circuit ponders natural gas release

Dynegy, Sinclair Oil, OneOK and other energy industry players battled in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday over how one release in an antitrust lawsuit involving the trading of natural gas futures affected summary judgment and class certification for other plaintiffs.

FTC counsel appeal loss in Impax

Federal Trade Commission lawyers have appealed against a ruling by an FTC administrative law judge that found the benefits of a reverse-payment settlement outweighed the harm to competition. 

John Pecman: the GCR exit interview, part II

After more than three decades of working at the Competition Bureau of Canada as an economist, John Pecman stepped down on 30 May as the Commissioner of Competition. Last month, he spoke with Pallavi Guniganti alongside McMillan partner James B Musgrove, who provided the private practitioner perspective. See Part I of the interview.

DG Comp official defends agencies’ gun-jumping cases

European competition authorities need to enforce against companies’ premature integration and have not been too heavy handed in their approach to gun jumping, a European Commission official has said. Janith Aranze at GCR Live Brussels

McCarthy Tétrault grows its litigation team

Nikiforos Iatrou joined McCarthy Tétrault’s competition practice in the firm’s Toronto office today.

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