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New appointment at Watson, Farley & Williams

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Watson, Farley & Williams has announced the hire of Ian Rose, who leaves Allen & Overy after 10 years of practice, including four years in Brussels. Rose takes over as the partner heading Watson Farley's competition practice in London, where he will lead a team comprising four associates.

Ties with Hawk drew Venit to Skadden

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James Venit, widely considered among the five top antitrust partners in Europe, joined Skadden Arps Meagher Slate & Flom's team of 54 competition lawyers in late June. His move has left rival US firm Wilmer Cutler & Pickering and its team of 36 competition lawyers bereft of their senior partner in Brussels.

East meets West in Pillsbury/Winthrop merger

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San Francisco-based Pillsbury Madison & Sutro, with its 596 lawyers, has agreed to 'a merger of equals' with Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts of New York and its 265 attorneys.

Economist to take over helm at UK's OFT

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Ending months of speculation, it was announced in mid-July that the Bank of England's chief economist, John Vickers, has been selected as Britain's next Director-General of Fair Trading. Vickers takes over the post from John Bridgeman, the current DGFT, when his five-year term expires in September.

Interbrew/ Bass

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Belgium’s Interbrew is set to purchase the brewing operations of the UK’s Bass.

Denmark: Merger control is finally adopted

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The debate in the Danish Parliament swung round dramatically after the draft amendment to the Danish Competition Act was tabled. The amendments to the Danish Competition Act have now been approved with the support of the right-wing parties in Parliament, who insisted on higher thresholds.

British Airways/ KLM

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According to reports, British Airways and Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) are planning to file for a full merger with European competition authorities by the first week in August. However, KLM officials have been reported as warning that an important prerequisite for the deal is some form of agreement between the UK and US governments on future ‘open skies’ agreements.

Belgium: Conflicts between liberalisation and competition laws

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This case has two interesting aspects. Firstly, it illustrates the difficulties encountered when implementing liberalisation laws, which in theory aim at opening markets to competition but nevertheless may force an undertaking to adopt an anticompetitive behaviour.

France Telecom/ Orange

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France Télécom is set to acquire Orange from Vodafone AirTouch.

Spain: Supreme Court overrules government decision on a media merger case

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The decision of the Supreme Court overruling, for the first time, a government decision on a merger case was based on the principle of the plurality of the media as opposed to strict competition grounds. This decision therefore establishes an important precedent, namely the principle that in mergers affecting the media sector, criteria unrelated to competition may play a significant role in determining the outcome of the merger review.