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Soames accepts European job for Howrey Simon

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Trevor Soames, until now competition partner at Norton Rose, will be moving to Howrey Simon Arnold & White. Howrey Simon Arnold & White has a Brussels office opening in the New year - as previously reported in Global Competition Review.

IMS Health wins landmark judgment

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The European Commission’s stance on competition and intellectual property is in doubt following a landmark case about a data system owned by IMS Health, a supplier of data to the pharmaceutical industry.

Tetra/Sidel deal blocked by EU

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The European Commission has blocked the acquisition by Swedish packaging company Tetra Laval of French packaging and plastic bottle manufacturer Sidel. The deal was completed in May and was estimated to be worth $US 1.54 billion.

EchoStar snares DirecTV

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EchoStar will merge with Hughes Electronics — owner of DirecTV — if it can overcome significant regulatory scrutiny of the deal’s competitive effects.

Visa and MasterCard ordered to cease exclusionary practices

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A US federal court has ordered Visa and MasterCard to let banks within their credit card network issue rival cards.

Gibson Dunn opens in Munich

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Gibson Dunn & Crutcher says it will open an office in Munich in the New Year. The office will offer antitrust advice, through new recruit Michael Walther.

Stibbe hires EC official

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Henk S Post will join Stibbe’s Amsterdam office on January 1. He will work in the firm’s international competition and regulated markets practice.

Commission appoints new hearing officer

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The European Commission has appointed Serge Durande to the position of hearing officer.

Fed-up Commission fines another car maker

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Car manufacturers’ ability to control distribution in Europe took a knock after the European Commission fined DaimlerChrysler for infringing competition rules. This is the fourth time since 1998 that the Commission has fined a car manufacturer.

Pernod Ricard completes its transformation

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Cadbury Schweppes, the world’s third-largest soft drinks company, will buy Pernod Ricard’s soft drinks brands and businesses in Continental Europe, North America and Australia for £442 million.