EU issues first charge sheet for breach of merger conditions

The European Commission has issued a statement of objections against Telefónica Deutschland for allegedly breaching a commitment it made to secure approval for its acquisition of E-Plus.

Gas company fined for conduct and merger

Internal documents helped steer Dutch telecoms approval, EU economist says

Sainsbury’s/Asda deal looks likely to crumble

California bill would put burden on pay-for-delay drugmakers

Settlements involving brand-name drugmakers seeking to delay entry of generic competition would be presumed to be anticompetitive in California under a new bill introduced Wednesday.

Philadelphia sues seven banks for collusion

The city of Philadelphia has accused seven major banks of colluding to manipulate rates for a type of tax-exempt bond widely used by public entities such as municipalities, schools and hospitals, allegedly resulting in billions of dollars in inflated interest rates. 

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approved two mergers at Phase I that the companies had notified to the enforcer several months earlier – but had then withdrawn and re-filed.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.

Delrahim walks thin line on vertical deals

In laying out how the US Department of Justice assesses vertical mergers, the assistant attorney general for antitrust on Friday affirmed the generally procompetitive nature of such deals while insisting on their potential for harm.

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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