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Siemens/Alstom could harm competition in Brazil

Siemens/Alstom could harm competition in Brazil

06 December 2018

The proposed merger of European rail transportation leaders Siemens and Alstom may lower competition in the railway signalling market, Brazil’s antitrust watchdog has said.

Deutsche Bahn settles with MasterCard in UK

Deutsche Bahn settles with MasterCard in UK

05 December 2018

Deutsche Bahn has settled its UK interchange fee damages claim against MasterCard, just as the case was due to be heard before the UK Supreme Court.

Insurance cartel fined in Romania

Insurance cartel fined in Romania

05 December 2018

Romania’s Competition Council has fined nine insurance companies and an industry group a total of €53 million for allegedly colluding to fix the price of tariffs for compulsory motor insurance.

MasterCard gears up for interchange fee fine

MasterCard gears up for interchange fee fine

05 December 2018

MasterCard has said it expects to pay a €570 million fine to the European Commission for allegedly preventing banks located in EU member states from offering lower interchange fee rates to retailers based in other EU countries.

Canada narrows Postmedia/Torstar deal to criminal probe

Canada narrows Postmedia/Torstar deal to criminal probe

05 December 2018

Canada’s antitrust watchdog is now pursuing only its criminal investigation into a deal by the country’s two largest newspaper chains, Postmedia and Torstar, that led to the closure of 36 newspapers, the Competition Bureau has told GCR.

Firms promote in Europe and Asia

Firms promote in Europe and Asia

04 December 2018

Four firms have recently promoted members of their competition teams to counsel and partner in Europe and Asia.

EU invites comments on Visa and MasterCard commitments

EU invites comments on Visa and MasterCard commitments

04 December 2018

The European Commission is seeking feedback on proposals offered by MasterCard and Visa to reduce their interregional multilateral interchange fees by 40%.

Finnish enforcer proposes rare cartel fine

Finnish enforcer proposes rare cartel fine

04 December 2018

Finland’s competition watchdog has asked a local court to fine the country's largest polystyrene manufacturers a combined €4.3 million for colluding to fix prices.

Disney/Fox deal raises concerns in Brazil

Disney/Fox deal raises concerns in Brazil

04 December 2018

Disney’s proposed US$71.3 billion (€62.8 billion) acquisition of most of 21st Century Fox’s assets could increase concentration in the pay-television sports channel market and should not be unconditionally cleared, Brazil’s antitrust watchdog said on Monday.

Japanese agency to look at data-sharing agreements

Japanese agency to look at data-sharing agreements

03 December 2018

Japan’s antitrust authority is looking into certain cooperation agreements between businesses that may create antitrust concerns, reportedly focusing on digitalisation and big data.