Work Area: Merger Control

Look beyond the “company town”: labour monopsony and 21st-century merger enforcement

The Biden Administration has vowed to reinvigorate antitrust enforcement, in part by wielding the Sherman Act as a sword to protect workers against “the harmful effects of monopoly and monopsony” – especially as these issues arise in labor markets. In light of this promise, Crowell & Moring attorneys Olivier Antoine, Megan Wolf and Chris Murphy consider the potential framework of analysis for labour monopsony issues.

17 December 2021

Indian trade group slams “high handed” and “arrogant” Amazon

One of India’s biggest trade advocacy groups has accused Amazon of adopting a “my way or the highway” stance after the US retail giant told the Competition Commission of India it lacks jurisdiction to revoke the prior approval of its acquisition of a stake in an online retailer.

16 December 2021

Spanish airlines to abandon deal amid EU and UK scrutiny

Iberia is set to scrap its plans to take over rival airline Air Europa, after competition enforcers in the UK and EU both opened probes into the deal over concerns it could significantly reduce competition.

15 December 2021

Trial for publisher merger challenge set to start in August

A judge presiding over the Department of Justice’s challenge to the Penguin Random House/Simon & Schuster tie-up is expected to schedule an in-person trial to start next August.

15 December 2021

EU clears Veolia/Suez with significant carve-outs

Waste and water management giants Veolia and Suez have bagged the European Commission’s conditional approval for their €13 billion tie-up after promising to spin off a host of assets to create a new French rival.

14 December 2021

Recycling companies scrap deal notification in Germany

Two major German iron scrap processing companies are rethinking their proposed joint venture after encountering antitrust opposition, one week after the country’s competition enforcer imposed conditions on another recycling deal.

14 December 2021

Publishers say DOJ’s antitrust market is fiction

Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster have said the government’s challenge to their $2.1 billion tie-up is a baseless attempt to protect the world’s wealthiest authors.

14 December 2021

Judge sceptical of using historic market structure in ACCC merger challenge

The judge presiding over the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s challenge to a proposed tie-up of two IVF providers has repeatedly questioned the relevance of evidence looking at the historic structure of the market.

13 December 2021

Ireland subjects mobile payment system JV to Phase II review

Ireland’s antitrust authority has launched an in-depth investigation into a proposed joint venture among four banks to create a new industry-wide mobile payment service, after previously rejecting the transaction’s notification as invalid.

10 December 2021

Third Circuit hears arguments on Englewood/Hackensack Meridian tie-up

The Federal Trade Commission has urged the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to affirm a lower court’s decision blocking Englewood Healthcare’s merger with Hackensack Meridian Health.

08 December 2021

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