Work Area: Merger Control

FTC drops appeal against Einstein/Jefferson merger ruling

The Federal Trade Commission has dismissed its appeal against a Pennsylvania federal court’s ruling that found the agency had failed to show the merger of Jefferson Health and Albert Einstein Healthcare Network would likely violate US antitrust law.

01 March 2021

Companies appear less deterred by merger enforcement, CMA official says

The senior director of mergers at the UK’s antitrust authority has said companies appear to have a larger appetite for deals that raise competition concerns, while pushing back against claims that the agency has actively toughened up its approach to merger control.

24 February 2021

Polish enforcer clashes with human rights commissioner over document request

Poland’s antitrust enforcer has refused to hand over documents to the country's human rights commissioner relating to its review of PKN Orlen's acquisition of Polska Press due to confidentiality concerns.

23 February 2021

Australian merger regime “skewed towards clearance”, Sims says

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is exploring potential reforms to the country’s merger rules, which currently place insufficient weight on competition risks, the chair of the agency has said.

23 February 2021

EU clears Siemens Healthineers/Varian with interoperability remedies

The European Commission has cleared Siemens Healthineers $16.4 billion acquisition of Varian Medical Systems, on the condition that the companies make their respective medical imaging and radiotherapy devices interoperable with rival products.

22 February 2021

EU slaps rare new measures on Novelis/Aleris

The European Commission has imposed new final commitments on Novelis relating to its €2.3 billion acquisition of rival Aleris in 2019, after the company invalidated the enforcer’s initial clearance decision by missing divestiture deadlines.

19 February 2021

Canadian enforcer says airline deal remedies are inadequate

Canada’s antitrust watchdog has criticised the behavioural remedies laid out by the country’s transport authority in its conditional clearance of Air Canada’s proposed acquisition of Transat for failing to adequately address competition concerns.

18 February 2021

EU rejects Suez’s gun-jumping complaint against Veolia

The European Commission has cleared the way for Veolia to proceed with its planned €11.3 billion hostile takeover of Suez, after the latter failed to convince the agency that Veolia’s recent acquisition of a minority investment in the company breached EU merger control rules.

18 February 2021

Aon/Willis Towers Watson faces hurdles in Australia

Australia’s competition watchdog is concerned that Aon’s proposed US$30 billion acquisition of rival Willis Towers Watson will substantially harm competition in the market for three broking and advisory services.

18 February 2021

EU clears crop deal with remedies

The European Commission has cleared a deal between two suppliers of crop protection products following a Phase I probe, on the condition that the companies first divest certain supply agreements.

12 February 2021

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