Chile’s antitrust enforcer is seeking permission to appeal a competition tribunal decision approving LATAM airlines’ agreements with American Airlines and International Airlines Group, as it says the remedies the tribunal imposed are “difficult to control and could even distort competition”.
Hungary’s antitrust enforcer has reversed its clearance of telecoms company Digi’s acquisition of Invitel, and fined Digi €248,000 for providing misleading information.
Korea’s antitrust watchdog has proposed revisions to its merger review guidelines to include how it intends to judge the competitive effects of transactions involving big data and innovation.
Switzerland’s competition enforcer is investigating alleged agreements between Credit Suisse and UBS to boycott Apple and Samsung mobile payment services in favour of a local Swiss mobile app.
Responding to criticism that his agency is too lenient on competition enforcement, the head of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division pointed to a string of antitrust settlements the government has reached over the last week.
The US Department of Justice is taking a step back when it comes to intellectual property, particularly in enforcing agreements to license on fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms, a senior DOJ official said today.
The antitrust agencies have not completely ruled out behavioural remedies as a solution in vertical merger cases, said the head of antitrust enforcement for the Federal Trade Commission.
Federal Trade Commision chairman Joseph Simons defended the private equity business model from criticism by fellow commissioner Rohit Chopra, who has argued it can lead to less competition.
The eyes of the antitrust world remain locked on Brussels, where the European Commission in recent years has attracted global attention for its headline-grabbing enforcement. Tom Madge-Wyld and Tom Webb rank the city’s best firms, evaluating which are doing the most challenging work above and below the radar.
Germany may need to “reinvent the wheel” to reduce the number of merger filings its competition authority receives and to give it the power to review deals that fall below current merger thresholds, the head of its antitrust authority has said.
Kirkland & Ellis has further strengthened its competition practice in London with the hire of Thomas Wilson, who joins as a partner less than a year after he was promoted to counsel at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
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