Work Area: Merger Control

Chinese telecoms company accuses Canadian government of bias in national security review

A Chinese telecommunications company has urged a Canadian court to suspend a government order that would force it to divest its entire business in the country on national security grounds.

03 December 2021

South Africa blocks chemicals merger

South Africa's antitrust authority has blocked a tie-up between the country’s sole liquid cyanide producer and a Czech-based rival, finding that the deal would harm competition through “inevitable post-merger price increases”.

03 December 2021

FTC challenges “largest semiconductor chip merger in history”

The Federal Trade Commission has sued to block Nvidia’s $40 billion acquisition of Arm from SoftBank, asserting that the combined company would have the ability and incentive to stifle innovation in the chip market.

03 December 2021

Germany remedies waste disposal JV in unusual Phase I clearance

Germany’s antitrust enforcer has seemingly approved remedies in Phase I for the first time, conditionally clearing a hazardous waste disposal joint venture nearly two months after the European Commission rejected a more limited set of remedies while reviewing the same deal.

02 December 2021

Argentina raises Linde/Praxair objections three years after completion

Argentina’s antitrust watchdog has signalled its intention to impose remedies on Linde’s $83 billion purchase of Praxair due to concerns it will harm competition in more than 20 gas markets – more than three years after the deal was notified to the agency.

02 December 2021

Industrial waste merger challenges stack up in Canada

Canada’s Competition Bureau is challenging an already-completed merger between two industrial waste management companies in Western Canada, while simultaneously seeking to block another deal in the same market.

02 December 2021

Future competition concerns key to CMA’s first-ever Big Tech deal block

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has ordered Facebook to unwind its already-completed €340 million acquisition of Giphy – marking the first time the agency has blocked an acquisition by one of the Big Tech companies.

30 November 2021

Brazil spikes health insurance deal

Brazil’s competition authority has blocked a tie-up between a pair of health insurance providers, after they breached a remedy order imposed as part of its conditional approval of the transaction in February.

30 November 2021

Global enforcers to convene at GCR Live: Law Leaders Global in Miami

Enforcers from the EU, UK and the US will convene at GCR Live: Law Leaders Global as it makes its in-person return to Miami in the new year.

30 November 2021

UK enforcer launches Phase II probe into helicopter deal

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has launched an in-depth review into CHC Helicopter’s acquisition of three of Babcock International’s offshore transportation service businesses, after the companies failed to provide sufficient remedies to address its concerns.

30 November 2021

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