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Angel and Eagle reveal secret

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Secret talks lasting 18 months have culminated in an alliance-cum-merger between 950-lawyer UK firm Freshfields and 100-lawyer top German competition firm Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund.

Czech brewers appeal

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The Czech competition office, the Urad pro ochranu hospodarske souteze, will have to review its decision to block a merger between two Czech breweries following an appeal by the two parties.

Germany in state aid inquiry over parcel deliveries

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Brussels has turned its state aid spotlight on the German government over its funding of the state-owned parcel service.

FTC to investigate Intel’s Chips

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The US Federal Trade Commission has announced it is to continue to investigate leading microchip producer Intel’s proposed acquisition of Chips and Technologies Inc, although it will not seek an injunction blocking the sale.

Severity of anti-competitive behaviour penalised

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Karel van Miert has set out tough new guidelines on the fining of businesses that breach competition rules.

Italy appoints new competition chief

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The Italian senate has appointed a new head of Italy’s competition bureau, the Autorità Garante.

Brussels eyes Finnish energy merger

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Regulators at Finland’s competition bureau, the Kilpailuvirasto, predict opposition in Brussels to the proposed US$10.4 billion merger between power utility Imatran Voima (IVO) and petrochemicals group Neste.

New UK Competition Commission chairman appointed

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Derek Morris, a professor of economics at Oxford University, has been appointed chairman of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission.

Global Forum to meet in Rio

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The Global Forum for Competition and Trade Policy will meet in Rio de Janeiro after the IBA Business Law Section’s Second Latin American Regional Conference.

German pay TV goes into second phase

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Karel van Miert has confirmed that he is to launch a full investigation into the proposed pay TV alliance between German media groups Kirch, Bertelsmann and Deutsche Telekom.