Work Area: Merger Control

Canada shuts down criminal cartel probe

Canada’s antitrust watchdog has dropped a criminal investigation examining whether media companies Postmedia and Torstar unlawfully conspired to close down 36 local newspapers.

11 January 2021

Third Nordic enforcer takes drinks merger to Phase II

A tie-up between leading Nordic alcoholic drinks companies Altia and Arcus is receiving in-depth scrutiny in Finland, Norway and Sweden over concerns that the deal will significantly impede competition.

11 January 2021

CMA admits potential errors in merger block

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has said it will reassess the already-completed merger between two investment platform software providers after acknowledging it may have made calculation errors when ordering the companies to unwind the deal.

11 January 2021

Rare Polish deal block is a “disgrace”, media company alleges

Polish media company Agora has slammed the president of the country’s competition authority for blocking its takeover of a rival radio broadcaster hours before a scheduled meeting to discuss potential remedies for the deal.

08 January 2021

Recycling merger investigated in Germany

Germany's Federal Cartel Office has opened an in-depth investigation into an acquisition by the country's largest recycling services operator, less than a year after a court upheld an earlier decision by the enforcer to block its proposed tie-up with another rival.

08 January 2021

Publishing merger abandoned in Iceland

One of the world's biggest audiobook service providers and Iceland's largest book publisher have called-off their proposed tie-up after the Icelandic Competition Authority issued a statement of objections to the companies.

08 January 2021

Peruvian lawmakers vote through final merger control law

Peru’s legislative branch has signed off on the country’s long-awaited new merger control regime, providing the final stamp of approval needed for the law to come into force.

05 January 2021

Three-to-two healthcare deal collapses in Finland

A Finnish court has refused to rule on the merits of a private healthcare deal due to its collapse, despite the companies indicating they would recommence merger proceedings if they received a favourable judgment.

05 January 2021

Spain approves tiling deal subject to innovation commitments

Enforcers in Spain and Portugal have conditionally cleared a €568 million deal between two producers of ceramic tile coating, after the companies promised to protect future innovation projects and divest a substantial part of the business.

05 January 2021

Delivery Hero secures conditional merger clearance in Korea

Korea’s competition watchdog has cleared Delivery Hero’s acquisition of a majority stake in Woowa Brothers subject to the divestiture of its existing local business, including popular food delivery app Yogiyo.

05 January 2021

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