Topic: Coronavirus

Vestager: Coronavirus had no impact on merger control

The covid-19 pandemic did not change the European Commission’s merger enforcement – despite several companies abandoning their planned tie-ups during Phase II probes, EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has said.

15 June 2021

Phillips encourages FTC study of rules rolled back during covid-19

Federal Trade Commission member Noah Phillips is calling on his agency to analyse the impacts of rules and regulations that state and local governments have retracted amid the covid-19 pandemic.

09 April 2021

Air Canada abandons Transat deal over EU scrutiny

Air Canada has scrapped its plans to acquire Transat during the European Commission’s in-depth review of the deal, concluding that offering further "onerous" remedies would harm its ability to compete and recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

06 April 2021

Former CMA chair slams agency’s priorities

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has acknowledged that it needs to get “closer to the needs of consumers” after its former chairman blasted the agency as unfit for purpose.

24 February 2021

Enforcers hone in on labour markets

The heads of antitrust authorities in the US, Portugal and Spain have said their agencies are keeping a close eye on competition issues in labour markets to help boost economies as they recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

24 February 2021

EssilorLuxottica proposes EU remedies

EssilorLuxottica has offered structural and behavioural commitments to the European Commission as it looks to secure approval for its acquisition of GrandVision.

10 February 2021

Ukraine explores price regulation for abuse of dominance breaches

Ukraine’s trade ministry is seeking the power to regulate the prices of essential goods and services of companies that abuse their dominance.

01 February 2021

Shipbuilding deal abandoned during EU Phase II probe

The French and Italian governments have dropped plans to merge their state-owned shipbuilding companies during the European Commission’s in-depth investigation of the deal, blaming economic uncertainty arising from the covid-19 pandemic.

28 January 2021

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