Deals

CMA challenged over merger divestments

CMA challenged over merger divestments

20 May 2019

The UK’s leading hygiene services provider has alleged the Competition and Markets Authority imposed unfair and inadequate remedies in a merger deal between two rival suppliers of washroom services.

Agency tech units can bring expertise, US FTC head says

Agency tech units can bring expertise, US FTC head says

16 May 2019

The chair of the US Federal Trade Commission has insisted that past multisided platform cases provide the tools and framework to deal with digital platforms, but also touted the creation of a permanent unit to evaluate such competition concerns.

Updates to German law can also help digital companies, says Mundt

Updates to German law can also help digital companies, says Mundt

16 May 2019

Changes to German law to tackle the digital economy have so far not harmed merging companies, the head of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said.

South African enforcer wary of used-car sale

South African enforcer wary of used-car sale

16 May 2019

The Competition Commission of South Africa will oppose technology investor Naspers’ attempted takeover of WeBuyCars, because the deal would prevent potential competitors from entering the online car sales market.

Court accepts rail remedy that ACCC rejected

Court accepts rail remedy that ACCC rejected

15 May 2019

Australia’s Federal Court has allowed rail company Aurizon’s sale of a key intermodal rail network terminal to rival Pacific National based on a commitment to allow non-discriminatory access to the site – a behavioural fix the competition enforcer had rejected.

Ireland’s first gun-jumping prosecution ends in second charitable donation

Ireland’s first gun-jumping prosecution ends in second charitable donation

14 May 2019

Ireland’s antitrust enforcer has secured a second guilty plea in its first criminal prosecution for gun-jumping.

EU airs concerns over Nordic TV deal

EU airs concerns over Nordic TV deal

13 May 2019

The European Commission has said it will review Telia’s acquisition of Bonnier Broadcasting in depth, suspecting the deal could enable Telia to foreclose rival broadcasters.

Google faces another Android abuse probe

Google faces another Android abuse probe

13 May 2019

India’s competition authority is reportedly investigating Google for leveraging its position as licensor of the Android operating system to promote its own software and block rivals from the smartphone market.

Tata and ThyssenKrupp steel themselves for JV block

Tata and ThyssenKrupp steel themselves for JV block

10 May 2019

Tata Steel and ThyssenKrupp expect the European Commission to block their steel manufacturing joint venture, after the enforcer rejected two proposed remedy packages.

ACCC opposition to TPG/Vodafone faces uphill battle, lawyers say

ACCC opposition to TPG/Vodafone faces uphill battle, lawyers say

09 May 2019

The theory that the tie-up between TPG Telecom and Vodafone Hutchison is anticompetitive because it threatens potential future competition is unlikely to pass muster in court, local lawyers have said.