Deals

Coronavirus is hindering merger review, DG Comp official says

Coronavirus is hindering merger review, DG Comp official says

08 April 2020

The covid-19 pandemic has caused “significant challenges” for the European Commission during “one of the most important merger waves” in EU merger control history, a senior official at the enforcer has said.

SAMR imposes FRAND remedies on Infineon/Cypress semiconductor deal

08 April 2020

China’s competition watchdog will allow Infineon Technologies and Cypress Semiconductor to merge after requiring that the merged company provide Chinese customers with access to several key automotive components on a fair and non-discriminatory basis for five years.

Vietnam issues long-awaited competition law guidance

Vietnam issues long-awaited competition law guidance

07 April 2020

Vietnam’s government has set merger filing thresholds, provided key guidance on what constitutes an anticompetitive agreement and explained how to measure market dominance based on “significant market power”.

SAMR to expedite certain merger reviews during covid-19

SAMR to expedite certain merger reviews during covid-19

07 April 2020

China’s competition watchdog has said it will expedite merger reviews in certain industries and exempt collaborations focused on tackling the covid-19 pandemic and helping the economy recover.

European Commission set to review Mastercard/Nets deal

European Commission set to review Mastercard/Nets deal

06 April 2020

The European Commission has said it is “best placed” to review Mastercard’s acquisition of the account to account payment business of Nets – as six national enforcers requested referral.

Coronavirus round-up: Brazilian enforcer criticises government proposals

Coronavirus round-up: Brazilian enforcer criticises government proposals

03 April 2020

Antitrust enforcers continue to ensure that competition remains in markets, despite economic and social regulations to stop the spread of covid-19 that place a third of the world’s population under lockdown.

Ro-ro class action claim filed at UK tribunal

Ro-ro class action claim filed at UK tribunal

02 April 2020

Scott + Scott is advising claimants in an opt-out class action claim – allegedly worth over €170 million – against the EU roll-on roll-off shipping cartelists.

Asahi/AB InBev deal wins Australian approval

Asahi/AB InBev deal wins Australian approval

01 April 2020

Asahi’s proposal to divest three cider and two beer brands sufficiently addressed competition concerns regarding its acquisition of Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Australian business, the country’s competition watchdog has decided.

DG Comp offers “informal” coronavirus guidance

DG Comp offers “informal” coronavirus guidance

31 March 2020

The European Commission is “ready to guide” companies and lawyers on acceptable cooperation agreements during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus round-up: CMA clarifies approach to cooperation

Coronavirus round-up: CMA clarifies approach to cooperation

27 March 2020

Competition authorities worldwide continue to mobilise in the face of the novel coronavirus pandemic, with enforcers in the UK and Poland establishing dedicated taskforces to tackle harmful conduct.