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Spanish enforcer accuses Telefónica of breaking merger commitment

Telefónica overcharged rival operators for wholesale access to a premium sports channel, breaking commitments agreed when it bought competitor Distribuidora de Television Digital in 2015, Spain’s competition authority has said.

Commitments offered in Singapore laboratory deal

EU lawyers warn against value-based merger thresholds

Receipt paper suppliers drop deal in fear of Phase II probe

A song of Blizzard and Sunshine: The Tipline for 24 June 2019

Even without the Department of Justice in the room, the hearing on Friday on states’ challenge to T-Mobile/Sprint displayed a concentration of antitrust minds. The litigation in Manhattan federal court now features 14 state attorneys general and counsel from eight different law firms. Judge Victor Marrero noted that the proceedings pit opposing forces of nature against each other, as Keker & Van Nest partner Paula Blizzard argued for the state plaintiffs against defence counsel Steven Sunshine at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. Sunshine said a settlement between the merging companies and the DOJ is imminent, and that all parties should be ready to go for a 7 October trial. Blizzard said the terms of that settlement – specifically whether the agency finds a need for fourth major competitor – could put the agreed-upon schedule in flux.

Congress should return to active role in antitrust, Cicilline says

Congress should play an active role in antitrust enforcement and competition policy, the chairman of the House of Representatives’ antitrust subcommittee said on Thursday.

Transatlantic convergence in merger control? – Time for EU procedural and institutional reform

On 1 May 2019, the significant impediment to effective competition (SIEC) test pursuant to article 2(2) and (3) of the EU Merger Regulation celebrated its 15th anniversary. While its original intention was to catch certain “gap” cases, over the course of 15 years the European Commission has expanded the use of the SIEC test significantly beyond the legislature’s original intention.

Phillips touts activist investment against private equity and common ownership concerns

Competition to control companies is a useful aspect of private equity investment and can counter worries that shareholders who own stakes across a sector enable companies to compete less vigorously, a member of the Federal Trade Commission has said.

John Pecman: the GCR exit interview

After more than three decades of working at the Competition Bureau of Canada as an economist, John Pecman stepped down last week as the Commissioner of Competition. He spoke with Pallavi Guniganti alongside McMillan partner James B Musgrove, who provided the private practitioner perspective, last month.


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