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Norwegian government defends gas producers ahead of hearing

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In a rare intervention, the Norwegian government has involved itself in the proceedings initiated by the European Commission against 23 petroleum companies active in the Norwegian continental shelf oilfield.

EC emphasises economics in steel company review

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The European Commission has approved the merger between three European steel producers - Usinor SA of France, Luxembourg-based Arbed SA and Aceralia Corporacion Siderurgica SA of Spain.

Bech-Bruun Dragsted moves

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Danish firm Bech-Bruun Dragsted is moving its offices in Copenhagen.

New Zealand appoints new deputy at Commerce Commission

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New Zealand’s minister for commerce has announced Paula Rebstock as Deputy Chair at the Commerce Commission.

Kaye Scholer brings ex-enforcer in for DC office

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Kaye Scholer LLP has further expanded its Washington competition team. The New York firm — renowned through the decades for antitrust — announced this week that it had hired Claudia Higgins. Higgins has been the FTC assistant director or regional litigation; before that, she led multiple "complex merger investigations". Thus she brings firm experience of merger reviews in several industries such as pharmaceuticals.

Canadian regulator takes OECD blows with grace

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The head of the Canadian Competition Bureau, Konrad von Finkenstein, has refused to hit back at the OECD following a series of stinging criticisms levelled by the influential body. Indeed, in an exclusive interview with Global Competition Review, von Finkenstein reveals his attitude to be one of ‘I’d have said as much myself’.

Latham & Watkins scoops Lipsky from Coca Cola

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Latham & Watkins has pulled off a coup: by securing itself three of Coca Cola’s prized competition team. The most prized addition is certainly that of senior competition counsel, and former deputy assistant Attorney General at the DoJ, Abbot "Tad" Lipsky, who is joining the Washington office. Michael Egge, counsel, is going with Lipsky toWashington. John Colahan, also counsel, is moving to the office in London.

Canadian cartel team's winning streak extends

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The Canadian Competition Bureau’s cartel team continues to notch up successes. On October 15, Pfizer Inc entered a guilty plea before the Canadian Federal Court on a conspiracy charge and was fined C$1.5 million. This gives the Bureau/Department of Justice cartel team its second substantial victory in three months.

APN and Wilson & Horton merge

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In a deal that will catapult Australia’s APN News and Media Ltd into the top 100 companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, the company will merge with New Zealand’s Wilson & Horton. Both companies are owned by Irish businessman Tony O’ Reilly.

International Competition Network chairman seeks to allay fears

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The chairman of the new ‘club’ for regulators - the "International Competition Network" — has tried to allay the fears expressed of business representatives regarding their status within the new entity.