Deals

Germany takes Kaufland/Real deal to Phase II

Germany takes Kaufland/Real deal to Phase II

13 July 2020

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has launched an in-depth probe into retailer Kaufland’s purchase of over 100 Real stores from investment group SCP Retail, which bought the struggling chain only four months ago.

CMA takes Taboola/Outbrain to Phase II

CMA takes Taboola/Outbrain to Phase II

10 July 2020

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has launched an in-depth review into the merger of digital advertising platforms Taboola and Outbrain, one week after recommending reforms to boost competition in the sector.

Alstom submits commitments to appease EU over Bombardier deal

Alstom submits commitments to appease EU over Bombardier deal

10 July 2020

In an attempt to secure the European Commission’s approval for its takeover of Bombardier's train manufacturing division, Alstom has offered to divest several product ranges and provide competitors with access to some of Bombardier’s on-board systems.

Australia and New Zealand conditionally clear Elanco/Bayer

Australia and New Zealand conditionally clear Elanco/Bayer

09 July 2020

Competition enforcers in Australia and New Zealand have cleared Elanco Animal Health’s €7 billion acquisition of Bayer’s animal health business after Elanco agreed to divest several products in each country.

CMA looks to take Virgin Media/O2 review before Brexit

CMA looks to take Virgin Media/O2 review before Brexit

03 July 2020

The UK’s antitrust enforcer has said it will ask the European Commission for permission to review the proposed merger between Virgin Media and O2 as the deal will only impact UK customers.

Singapore raises concerns about LSE/Refinitiv

03 July 2020

Singapore’s competition watchdog is concerned that London Stock Exchange Group’s proposed $27 billion acquisition of Refinitiv could cause the merged company to provide foreign exchange benchmarks on unfair terms to rivals.

CMA takes Viagogo/StubHub to Phase II

CMA takes Viagogo/StubHub to Phase II

26 June 2020

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has launched an in-depth review into a merger between the country’s two biggest ticketing resale companies.

Slovenian court slashes gun-jumping fine by over €50 million

Slovenian court slashes gun-jumping fine by over €50 million

26 June 2020

A Slovenian court has ruled that insolvent retail company Agrokor did not intend to infringe merger control rules when it failed to notify a 2016 acquisition and reduced the competition authority’s penalty to €1 million.

French retailers propose limiting joint purchasing alliance

French retailers propose limiting joint purchasing alliance

25 June 2020

Four major grocery retailers have offered to amend a joint purchasing agreement related to their own-label products, in hopes of resolving an investigation by France’s Competition Authority.

Egypt emphasises concerns over healthcare merger

Egypt emphasises concerns over healthcare merger

24 June 2020

Egypt’s Competition Authority has denied local media reports that it does not have antitrust concerns about an acquisition by the country’s largest private hospital and reiterated that the deal could seriously damage competition.