Work Area: Merger Control

Ninth Circuit: Axon raises “serious” constitutional concerns about FTC

Axon has raised “substantial questions” about the constitutionality of the Federal Trade Commission’s administrative structure, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has said while determining that it does not have the authority to hear the police equipment maker’s case.

01 February 2021

FTC closes investigation into Tronox deal after abandonment

The Federal Trade Commission has revealed it opened and then decided to close an investigation into Tronox Holdings’ proposed purchase of TiZir Titanium and Iron (TTI) after the deal collapsed in the face of antitrust scrutiny.

01 February 2021

Shipbuilding deal abandoned during EU Phase II probe

The French and Italian governments have dropped plans to merge their state-owned shipbuilding companies during the European Commission’s in-depth investigation of the deal, blaming economic uncertainty arising from the covid-19 pandemic.

28 January 2021

Singapore seeks public opinion on LSE/Refinitiv remedies

Singapore’s competition enforcer has invited feedback on remedies offered by the London Stock Exchange Group to secure approval for its proposed $27 billion acquisition of Refinitiv, which is set to close tomorrow.

28 January 2021

Ian Conner: the GCR exit interview

After two-plus years in the Federal Trade Commission’s front office, Ian Conner took over as the director of the agency’s competition bureau in December 2019. Set to depart in mid-February, Conner spoke with GCR USA about the agency’s accomplishments, the need for more funding and balancing the desires of divided leadership.

28 January 2021

General Court backs EU enforcer in Liberty Global/Ziggo challenge

The EU’s General Court has upheld the European Commission’s decision to reapprove Liberty Global’s acquisition of Dutch TV operator Ziggo, over three years after the same court sent the case back to the EU enforcer to reconsider.

27 January 2021

Brazil conditionally clears Takeda drug portfolio purchase

Brazil’s competition authority has greenlit local drugmaker Hypera Pharma’s bid to purchase a portfolio of medications from Takeda Pharmaceutical after the company offered a “fix-it-first” structural remedy.

22 January 2021

Ireland consults on competition law changes

Ireland’s government has proposed a suite of new reforms that would empower the country’s antitrust enforcer to bring gun-jumping cases and unwind already-competed deals that fall below merger notification thresholds.

21 January 2021

China launches new foreign investment security review regime

The Chinese government has implemented new measures for reviewing foreign investments, which clarify how non-competition factors such as national security and industrial policy will be assessed by government agencies.

21 January 2021

Chemical deal collapses after CMA scrutiny

Tronox has called-off its planned acquisition of TiZir Titanium and Iron after the UK's Competition and Markets Authority rejected its proposed remedies and announced a Phase II investigation into the deal.

18 January 2021

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