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CMA kills Sainsbury’s/Asda deal

By blocking the proposed tie-up between major UK supermarkets Sainsbury’s and Asda, the UK’s competition enforcer has set a strikingly low bar for intervention that will make it almost impossible for the Big Four chains to merge in future, lawyers have said.

India clears merger after Phase II without divestiture for first time

Russia cites ride-hailing app concerns

New Zealand follows Australia in agreeing same Knauf/USG divestment

The price of loyalty: The Tipline for 25 April 2019

While much of the US media was focused on reports that Facebook is facing a looming 10-digit fine from the Federal Trade Commission’s consumer protection branch, the agency’s Bureau of Competition unsealed a lawsuit against an e-prescription services company yesterday. The complaint includes allegations that touch on an interesting mixture of antitrust topics: a two-sided market, loyalty contracts, non-compete agreements and competitive threats.

FTC sues e-prescription “monopoly” over loyalty contracts

Health information company Surescripts has illegally maintained a monopoly for electronic prescription services through a series of loyalty and non-compete contracts, the Federal Trade Commission alleged in a complaint that was unsealed yesterday.

Year in preview: pull-and-refile increases in Europe

At the end of 2018, the European Commission approved two mergers at Phase I that the companies had notified to the enforcer several months earlier – but had then withdrawn and re-filed. Observers say the tactic, a standard option in US merger practice, is becoming more common in the EU to avoid costly Phase II reviews.

Philippine enforcer laments difficulties of behavioural remedies

Monitoring behavioural commitments is proving to be harder than expected, an official at the Philippine Competition 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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