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CMA takes Taboola/Outbrain to Phase II

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has launched an in-depth review into the merger of digital advertising platforms Taboola and Outbrain, one week after recommending reforms to boost competition in the sector.

Alstom submits commitments to appease EU over Bombardier deal

Australia and New Zealand conditionally clear Elanco/Bayer

CMA looks to take Virgin Media/O2 review before Brexit

Generic pharma plaintiffs say states’ Teva case should be among first tried

Drug purchasers suing generic pharmaceutical companies for an alleged antitrust conspiracy have told a federal judge that the case brought by a large group of state attorneys general centred on Teva Pharmaceuticals should be among the first to go to trial.

Transformers, roll-up: The Tipline for 10 July 2020

The antitrust agencies’ annual report to Congress on the Hart-Scott-Rodino deal-notification programme typically isn’t much of an occasion. This year things got interesting on two fronts: the report gave insight into whistleblower allegations that the Department of Justice investigated marijuana deals for non-competition reasons and Commissioner Rohit Chopra of the Federal Trade Commission issued a statement on the report saying anticompetitive “roll-up” deals are flying under the radar. There’s more on the HSR report in today’s Tipline, plus updates on bellwether trials for allegations of price-fixing by generic drugmakers and DOJ amicus participation in a utilities monopolisation case.

Analysis: SAMR protects Chinese customers in spate of conditional clearances

China’s State Administration for Market Regulation conditionally cleared three global deals between 19 February and 10 April. Charles McConnell explores what those clearances mean and how they fit into broader trends within the SAMR’s merger regime.

Focus on merger control to combat big tech, enforcers urge

Most of the complaints that the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority receives stem from a past merger that has had subsequent market effects, the enforcer’s chief executive 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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