Work Area: Merger Control

Germany scrutinises Edeka deal

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has opened an in-depth investigation into Edeka’s takeover of 72 Real supermarkets, two months after it launched a Phase II probe examining the impact of rival Kaufland’s purchase of 102 Real stores.

21 September 2020

DOJ conditionally clears Anheuser-Busch/Craft Brew Alliance

The Department of Justice has approved Anheuser-Busch InBev’s full purchase of Crew Brew Alliance on the condition that the companies divest one of the alliance’s brands in Hawaii.

21 September 2020

FTC witnesses defend product market in healthcare merger challenge

Witnesses called by the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday substantiated the agency’s market definition in its challenge to Jefferson Health’s acquisition of Albert Einstein Healthcare Network.

16 September 2020

Insurers raise concerns about Jefferson’s post-merger leverage over rates

Representatives of two health insurance companies testified on Monday before a federal Pennsylvania judge that Jefferson Health’s acquisition of Albert Einstein Healthcare Network would give the combined entity more leverage to increase reimbursement rates.

15 September 2020

Spain raids funeral insurers and service providers

Spain’s competition enforcer has raided businesses as part of a merger review for the first time, searching the offices of several companies in the funeral sector based on gun-jumping and collusion concerns.

14 September 2020

Latham, MoFo and Cleary Gottlieb steer Nvidia/Arm deal

Latham & Watkins and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton are advising Nvidia on its $40 billion purchase of Arm from SoftBank, while the Japanese seller has tapped Morrison & Foerster to help guide the deal through merger reviews on three continents.

14 September 2020

EU to accept below threshold merger referrals

The European Commission will accept merger referrals from national competition authorities even if a tie-up falls below national thresholds to ensure it catches deals that could seriously affect competition.

11 September 2020

Israeli news website raided in Taboola/Outbrain probe

Israel’s Competition Authority has raided a news website, reportedly in connection to its investigation into a digital advertising merger, as reports also surfaced that the merging companies have abandoned the tie-up.

10 September 2020

Mylan/Upjohn cleared with remedies

Competition enforcers in New Zealand and Australia have cleared the proposed merger of Pfizer’s subsidiary Upjohn with Mylan subject to a series of divestitures.

10 September 2020

General Court president outlines antitrust case challenges

Reforms at the EU’s General Court have halved the average length of cases, but it is still unrealistic to expect judges to rule on complex competition law issues in less than 24 months, the court’s president has said.

09 September 2020

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