Deals

CMA official backs structural merger remedies

CMA official backs structural merger remedies

14 February 2020

The executive director for markets and mergers at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has defended the enforcer’s preference for structural remedies for deals, even as it has experimented with behavioural remedies in other areas.

Prosafe/Floatel sink offshore accommodation deal

13 February 2020

Two offshore accommodation companies have abandoned their proposed tie-up in the wake of opposition from competition enforcers in the UK and Norway.

ACCC loses TPG/Vodafone merger case

ACCC loses TPG/Vodafone merger case

13 February 2020

TPG Telecom’s proposed merger with Vodafone Hutchison is not likely to harm competition, an Australian court has ruled in a blow to the country’s competition authority.

ACCC concerned about mortgage aggregator merger

ACCC concerned about mortgage aggregator merger

12 February 2020

Australia’s competition watchdog is concerned that a merger between two of Australia’s largest mortgage aggregators will reduce consumer choice.

GCR Pod Episode 10: Phillip Berenbroick and Charlotte Slaiman

12 February 2020

In this episode of the GCR Pod, reporter Julie Masson spoke with advocacy group Public Knowledge’s then-policy director Phillip Berenbroick and senior policy counsel Charlotte Slaiman. They discussed T-Mobile/Sprint and regulating big technology platforms, as well as the role interoperability plays in privacy and competition.

DG Comp top economist: zero-price can be special and efficiencies credible

DG Comp top economist: zero-price can be special and efficiencies credible

10 February 2020

The new chief competition economist at the European Commission has predicted that the commission will offer additional theories of harm about data, but will be open to hearing efficiencies claims for mergers.

France proposes reversing burden of proof in digital deals

France proposes reversing burden of proof in digital deals

10 February 2020

An economic committee in France’s parliament has unanimously approved a proposed law to regulate the market power of digital platforms.

CMA finds Sabre/Farelogix threatens innovation

CMA finds Sabre/Farelogix threatens innovation

07 February 2020

The UK’s competition enforcer has said that blocking Sabre’s acquisition of travel technology rival Farelogix may be the only way to preserve innovation in the airline distribution sector.

EU takes EssilorLuxottica/GrandVision to Phase II

EU takes EssilorLuxottica/GrandVision to Phase II

07 February 2020

Less than two years after the European Commission allowed Essilor and Luxottica to merge, the authority has launched an in-depth investigation into the company’s purchase of a global eyecare retailer.

Sabre: DOJ is protecting airlines, not travellers

Sabre: DOJ is protecting airlines, not travellers

06 February 2020

The US Department of Justice’s antitrust division is “showing up" on behalf of United Airlines and American Airlines to block Sabre’s purchase of Farelogix, not on behalf of the travelling public, Sabre’s outside counsel has argued.