Work Area: Merger Control

UK waves through Virgin Media/O2 joint venture

The UK’s competition enforcer has provisionally cleared the €31 billion joint venture between mobile network operator O2 and telecommunications provider Virgin Media after a fast-tracked Phase II investigation.

14 April 2021

Polish court suspends merger approval for PKN Orlen deal

A Polish court has issued an interim injunction suspending the national competition authority’s approval of PKN Orlen’s acquisition of Polska Press pending a challenge by the country’s human rights commissioner against the tie-up.

13 April 2021

EU takes closer look at insulation deal

The European Commission has opened a Phase II investigation into Kingspan’s purchase of a Slovenian insulation manufacturer, one year after the building materials company saw a similar deal collapse because of antitrust scrutiny.

13 April 2021

South Carolina hospitals abandon merger following COPA reversal and FTC opposition

South Carolina healthcare provider LifePoint Health has ditched plans to sell three of its hospitals to Prisma Health after a state court said the deal was not immune from antitrust scrutiny and the Federal Trade Commission raised concerns the merger would harm competition.

13 April 2021

French court declines to block Illumina/Grail merger referral to EU

France's Council of State has rejected an application from Illumina to suspend the national competition authority's referral of its acquisition of Grail to the European Commission, which is the first time the authority has referred a below-threshold deal to the EU agency.

09 April 2021

Uruguay conditionally clears airline deal in first Phase II review

Uruguay’s antitrust authority has imposed remedies on a merger for the first time as it conditionally approved Iberia’s proposed purchase of Air Europa.

08 April 2021

Air Canada abandons Transat deal over EU scrutiny

Air Canada has scrapped its plans to acquire Transat during the European Commission’s in-depth review of the deal, concluding that offering further "onerous" remedies would harm its ability to compete and recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

06 April 2021

CMA opens Phase II investigation into Facebook/Giphy

The UK’s antitrust enforcer has launched an in-depth review into Facebook’s €340 million acquisition of Giphy, after the social media company refused to offer remedies to address the authority’s competition concerns.

01 April 2021

Taboola settles Israeli criminal probe into Outbrain deal

Taboola has agreed to pay €1.2 million to settle the Israeli competition enforcer’s allegations that it illegally concealed its interference with third-party evidence as the authority reviewed its now-abandoned merger with Outbrain.

31 March 2021

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