Work Area: Merger Control

ACCC boss ignites debate on comprehensive merger control reform

The head of Australia’s competition watchdog has called for a major revamp of the country’s merger control regime, introducing mandatory filings and special rules for technology giants.

27 August 2021

DOJ recommends divestitures in railway merger

The Department of Justice is urging the US railroad regulator to require divestitures to resolve antitrust concerns related to the proposed merger of competing railways running between Albany and Boston.

27 August 2021

Norway issues banking merger with SO

Norway’s antitrust watchdog has challenged DNB Bank’s €1 billion acquisition of competitor Sbanken, warning that it may have to block the deal unless the companies offer sufficient remedies.

26 August 2021

Canadian tribunal dismisses enforcer’s request to temporarily unwind deal

Canada’s Competition Tribunal has dismissed an interim measures request from the country’s antitrust authority to unwind a merger between two industrial waste disposal companies, finding the agency failed to adequately quantify the anticompetitive harm arising from the deal.

25 August 2021

FTC: Illumina/Grail the equivalent of pursuing a single covid-19 vaccine

Illumina’s recently-closed acquisition of Grail risks eliminating all competition for developing a blood test to screen for more than 50 types of cancers, the Federal Trade Commission has argued.

25 August 2021

Portugal fines insurance company for gun-jumping

Portugal’s Competition Authority has issued its fourth-ever gun-jumping decision, fining an insurance company €300,000 for failing to notify its now-abandoned acquisition of a real estate investment fund.

24 August 2021

FTC judge “dismayed” by number of Illumina/Grail objections

The administrative law judge at the Federal Trade Commission has told both sides in the agency’s trial to unwind the Illumina/Grail deal to stop objecting to each other’s expert witnesses and trial exhibits.

24 August 2021

Israel fines news website for hiding data in merger probe

Israeli news website Ynet has agreed to pay a fine for failing to disclose crucial information during the national antitrust enforcer’s probe into the now-abandoned Taboola/Outbrain merger.

23 August 2021

CMA recommends in-depth probe into Nvidia/Arm deal

Nvidia’s $40 billion purchase of Arm presents significant competition concerns and should be subject to an in-depth review, the UK’s competition enforcer has said.

20 August 2021

Illumina faces EU gun-jumping probe over Grail acquisition

The European Commission has opened a gun-jumping investigation into Illumina, two days after the biotechnology company completed its acquisition of Grail in the midst of the EU’s in-depth merger review.

20 August 2021

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