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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.

Dutch enforcer taking “leading role” on sustainability, lawyers say

Dutch enforcer taking “leading role” on sustainability, lawyers say

10 July 2020

Competition lawyers say new draft guidelines from the Dutch competition enforcer on sustainability agreements are flexible and innovative, but some have concerns that it could “open the door” for cartels.

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.

Sheep lice and dog earaches: The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 10 July 2020

10 July 2020

It seems that Elanco Animal Health’s strategy of divesting the rights to several animal treatments to push its far-bigger acquisition of Bayer’s animal health business has paid off. Those already planned divestitures featured heavily in yesterday’s clearances of the tie-up in Australia and New Zealand.

Dutch authority proposes sustainability agreement guidelines

Dutch authority proposes sustainability agreement guidelines

09 July 2020

The Dutch antitrust watchdog has issued new draft guidelines on how it intends to evaluate sustainability agreements, which would permit otherwise anticompetitive collaboration if the environmental benefits for society outweigh potential harm.

Germany studies e-mobility charging sector

Germany studies e-mobility charging sector

09 July 2020

Germany’s antitrust enforcer is examining the market for electric vehicle charging stations ahead of a government plan to dramatically boost the sector.

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.

General Court cuts Infineon smart card chips fine

General Court cuts Infineon smart card chips fine

08 July 2020

The European General Court has reduced a European Commission cartel fine on semiconductor manufacturer Infineon by €5.9 million, finding that the enforcer did not take sufficient account of the company’s limited involvement in the conspiracy.

EU receives mixed reviews on gatekeeper regulation

EU receives mixed reviews on gatekeeper regulation

08 July 2020

Google and Facebook have recommended that the European Commission adopt a case-by-case approach when intervening in digital markets, while companies including Microsoft and Yelp have argued for a blanket ban on certain conduct.

Philippine enforcer warns against suspending enforcement powers

Philippine enforcer warns against suspending enforcement powers

08 July 2020

The Philippine Competition Commission has said that certain provisions in a bill aimed at accelerating the recovery from the covid-19 pandemic could harm its welfare-enhancing objectives and the overall state of competition.