Topic: Coronavirus

Nigro: pandemic having significant impact on merger review

The economic impacts of the covid-19 pandemic are already factoring into how the Department of Justice is analysing mergers, a top Antitrust Division official has said.

01 June 2020

Bulgaria raids petrol association in coronavirus price-fixing probe

The Bulgarian Commission for Protection of Competition has raided the offices of an association of petroleum companies after the country’s public prosecutor warned of discrepancies between the cost of global crude oil and local fuel prices.

28 May 2020

LafargeHolcim Philippine cement deal collapses amid covid-19 delays

San Miguel’s acquisition of LafargeHolcim’s Philippine business will not proceed after the country’s competition watchdog failed to meet a deadline to clear the deal due to the covid-19 pandemic.

12 May 2020

Antitrust fears should not deter collaboration amid covid-19, lawyer says

In a national emergency where the daily death toll is in the thousands and the economy is weakening, the legal justification for joint activity is extremely high, a partner at White & Case has said.

12 May 2020

Turkey launches sprawling coronavirus-related probe

Nivea, Johnson & Johnson and Carrefour are among the 29 companies that Turkey’s Competition Authority is investigating for allegedly inflating prices during the covid-19 pandemic.

11 May 2020

CADE clears Disney/Fox for second time

Brazil’s antitrust enforcer has accepted behavioural remedies to clear Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets for the second time, as the coronavirus pandemic complicated the attempted divestment of Fox Sports.

11 May 2020

An interview with Mondo Mazwai

Mondo Mazwai was appointed to head the Competition Tribunal of South Africa last year, becoming its first female and first black chairperson. She spoke to Emily Craig about responding to the coronavirus pandemic, female representation in antitrust and why the tribunal has overturned a series of decisions by the country’s Competition Commission.

11 May 2020

EU official: relaxing competition rules would slow economic recovery

Easing competition rules during the coronavirus pandemic is a short-term trade-off that would cause a slower economic recovery, a senior official at the European Commission said today.

06 May 2020

CMA blocks JD Sports/Footasylum

JD Sports has called the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority’s decision to block its takeover of Footasylum “prejudged and erroneous”, particularly in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

06 May 2020

Speedy disclosure “unrealistic” amid covid-19, UK judge says

The UK judge presiding over Daimler’s follow-on claim against EU roll-on roll-off cartelists has distilled the difficulties of running competition law cases during the covid-19 pandemic as he ruled on a disclosure dispute.

05 May 2020

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