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FTC to investigate Intel’s Chips

Premium 01 February 1998

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.

Czech brewers appeal

Premium 01 February 1998

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.

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.

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.

Top Brussels boutique adds clout to White & Case

Premium 01 December 1997

One of the top three boutique firms in Brussels, Forrester Norall & Sutton, has linked up with US multinational firm White & Case to form a strong European trade and competition practice.

Beckett approves P&O/ Stena deal

Premium 01 December 1997

UK trade secretary Margaret Beckett has approved the P&O/Stena Line ferry merger despite concern from European Commissioner Karel van Miert and UK Director General of Fair Trading John Bridgeman, who favoured complete prohibition in the public interest.

MTV must supply information

Premium 01 December 1997

At a preliminary hearing in the UK High Court last month, Vice Chancellor Sir Peter Scott dismissed music video company MTV Europe’s argument that they should not have to supply an alleged cartel with confidential information, which MTV alleged would in itself be contrary to Article 85.

New blood at Italian agency

Premium 01 December 1997

Italian competition bureau, the Autorita Garente now has two candidates ready to succeed former head Juliano Amato.

Canada to authorise phonetapping

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The Canadian government plans to introduce telephone-tapping measures to help catch perpetrators of price-fixing, bid-rigging and fraudulent telemarketing.

Fast-track failure threatens Latin American competition

Premium 01 December 1997

Competition lawyers are concerned that US president Bill Clinton’s failure to achieve fast-track voting rights in Congress last week will impede the development of competition in Latin America.