Work Area: Merger Control

Portugal blocks public transportation tie-up

Portugal’s antitrust watchdog has blocked public transport operator Rodoviária da Beira Interior’s planned purchase of competitor Grupo Fundão after an in-depth review found the deal would harm public procurement procedures.

08 October 2020

Poland issues record-breaking antitrust fine to Gazprom

Poland’s competition authority has fined Gazprom €6.48 billion for failing to notify a joint financing agreement to construct the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, while the other five companies involved in the project were fined a total of €52 million.

07 October 2020

General Court rejects cement merger appeal

The EU’s General Court has upheld the European Commission’s decision to block the takeover of Cemex Croatia by HeidelbergCement and Schwenk, concluding that the enforcer’s interpretation of EU merger thresholds relating to joint ventures was correct.

05 October 2020

EU common ownership report struggles to assess impact on competition

The European Commission has released a 336-page report on common ownership, calling for more research to “disentangle the various effects” that the growing phenomenon might have on competition and prices – but lawyers say much more robust analysis is now needed.

01 October 2020

Finland calls for rare merger block

Finland’s competition enforcer has challenged a three-to-two tie-up in the private healthcare sector, as it seeks to prohibit a deal for only the fifth time in its history.

30 September 2020

Traditional hospital definition ‘rapidly changing’, Jefferson chief executive says

Jefferson Health’s chief executive Stephen Klasko on Tuesday denounced the Federal Trade Commission’s “eagerness” to block his company’s acquisition of Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, arguing that the traditional definition of a hospital is “rapidly changing”.

30 September 2020

US FTC wins injunction against coal deal

A Missouri federal court has granted the US Federal Trade Commission’s request to block a proposed joint venture between Peabody Energy and Arch Coal following a trial challenging the deal earlier this summer.

29 September 2020

EU enforcers dispute role of antitrust in achieving green goals

Officials from several European antitrust agencies have clashed over whether – and to what extent – competition policy should help foster sustainable development and green initiatives.

28 September 2020

CMA need not consider coronavirus in merger reviews, counsel claims

The UK’s competition enforcer was entitled to disregard the potential effects of the covid-19 pandemic when it blocked JD Sports’ purchase of Footasylum because it received “wholly unilluminating” evidence from the retailers, the authority’s counsel has argued.

24 September 2020

Chile seeks first merger infringement fines under new regime

Chile’s antitrust enforcer has asked the country’s competition tribunal to fine the Walt Disney Company €3.5 million for providing false information during a probe into its acquisition of 21st Century Fox and for breaching the remedies that were imposed.

23 September 2020

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