Work Area: Merger Control

EU conditionally clears Google/Fitbit deal

Critics have accused the European Commission of hiding behind privacy rules to avoid tackling some of the competition issues posed by Google’s acquisition of Fitbit, although others believe it was right for the enforcer to approve the deal subject to decade-long data remedies.

18 December 2020

EU court dismisses airline slot dispute

The EU General Court has rejected a request by American Airlines to throw out the European Commission’s declaration that Delta Air Lines has grandfathering rights over certain take-off and landing slots at London’s Heathrow Airport.

17 December 2020

Rental listings platforms rebut FTC merger allegations

CoStar Group and RentPath Holdings have argued that the Federal Trade Commission’s complaint to block their merger has failed to allege any plausible harm to competition or consumers.

17 December 2020

ACCC concerned about vertical integration in food sector

Australia’s competition watchdog has warned that supermarket chain Woolworths Group’s proposed investment in a major food distributor could harm competition by removing an important buyer in that market.

15 December 2020

Freshfields and Wachtell steer AstraZeneca/Alexion

AstraZeneca has tapped Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to guide its $39 billion acquisition of Alexion Pharmaceuticals, which is being advised by Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz.

15 December 2020

DOJ conditionally approves New England insurance merger

Harvard Pilgrim Health and Tufts Health must divest an overlapping insurance plan to complete their merger, the Department of Justice and the State of New Hampshire have said.

15 December 2020

China fines Alibaba and Tencent subsidiary for not disclosing deals

China’s competition watchdog has fined Alibaba, Tencent subsidiary China Literature and SF Express subsidiary Hive Box for failing to notify three separate deals.

14 December 2020

CMA opens in-depth review into O2/Virgin Media tie-up

The UK’s competition authority has launched a Phase II probe into the £31 billion merger of O2 and Virgin Media, after accepting a request to fast-track its review.

11 December 2020

Ex-FTC officials anticipate more focus on acquisitions of nascent competitors

Former Federal Trade Commission officials have said they expect the US antitrust agencies to focus more on deals involving the acquisition of a nascent competitor, particularly in the technology sector.

11 December 2020

Taiwan conditionally clears supermarket deal

French shopping chain Carrefour must safeguard the interests of smaller suppliers to proceed with its proposed acquisition of 224 local Wellcome supermarkets and Market Place by Jasons stores in Taiwan, the country’s competition watchdog has said.

10 December 2020

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