Work Area: Merger Control

Illumina closes Grail deal without EU approval

Illumina has closed its €5.9 billion acquisition of Grail despite an ongoing EU Phase II probe, reiterating its claims that the European Commission has no jurisdiction to review the tie-up.

19 August 2021

Dutch tribunal rejects intervenors in PostNL/Sandd appeal

A Netherlands tribunal has held that a merger appeal is not the right forum for two companies to air their complaints that an already completed postal deal has induced the merged company to violate competition rules.

19 August 2021

South African enforcer seeks to reverse Burger King merger block

The Competition Commission of South Africa has backtracked from its controversial decision to block the acquisition of Burger King South Africa, asking the country’s specialist competition tribunal to instead approve the deal subject to multiple public interest commitments.

18 August 2021

Facebook/Giphy deal attracts more scrutiny in Europe

Austria’s Federal Competition Authority has opened a Phase II review into Facebook’s €340 million acquisition of Giphy, less than a week after the UK’s antitrust watchdog threatened to unwind the deal.

18 August 2021

Malaysia set to accept failing firm defence in first-ever merger notification

Malaysia’s aviation regulator has proposed clearing Korean Air’s acquisition of Asiana Airlines after finding that the target should be considered a failing firm under the agency’s merger guidelines.

18 August 2021

Shapiro warns that updating merger guidelines would pose serious risks

A former chief economist at the Department of Justice’s antitrust division has said courts might reject changes to the US antitrust agencies’ horizontal merger guidelines if they are not done properly.

18 August 2021

Lufthansa subsidiary lambasts rival’s request for antitrust probe into codeshare agreements

A subsidiary of Lufthansa has defended its application to the Department of Transportation to codeshare with several European airlines, after a rival carrier criticised the petition as part of an anticompetitive scheme to drive it out of the market.

18 August 2021

Phillips: FTC making huge promises without a clear roadmap

A Republican member of the Federal Trade Commission has said he will keep an open mind about the Democratic majority’s desire to overhaul the agency but questioned the leadership’s plan for implementing any changes.

17 August 2021

Poland challenges private healthcare deal

Poland’s competition authority has refused to clear a merger between a major private healthcare provider and a medical centre unless they offer remedies to address its concerns that the deal could eliminate local rivals.

16 August 2021

Spain accuses Telefónica of violating merger conditions

Spain’s antitrust enforcer has accused Telefónica of violating the conditions of a 2015 merger agreement by entering into an exclusive streaming deal and preventing mobile customers from switching service providers.

13 August 2021

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