Work Area: Merger Control

Antitrust lawyers line up to steer railway merger

Canadian Pacific plans to buy Kansas City Southern for $25 billion, a transaction that would form the first railway network connecting the US, Mexico and Canada.

23 March 2021

CMA chief economist: DMA will capture more platforms than UK proposals

The UK’s proposed digital regulation will capture fewer online platforms than the EU’s Digital Markets Act, the chief economist of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said.

22 March 2021

Norway drops gun-jumping fine against grocer

The Norwegian Competition Authority has revoked its decision to fine NorgesGruppen nearly €2 million for gun-jumping after reassessing whether the company’s takeover of a rival supermarket’s premises was actually notifiable.

19 March 2021

Phillips: Facebook “no” vote goes to the integrity of merger review process

Federal Trade Commission member Noah Phillips has said that he voted against the agency’s monopolisation case against Facebook because of how much time has passed since the company acquired Instagram and WhatsApp.

19 March 2021

Slaughter: Clearer bright-line rules “would absolutely prevent more mergers”

Rebecca Kelly Slaughter has expressed support for Congress adopting clearer standards for merger enforcement as members of the US House of Representatives’ antitrust subcommittee consider how to curb the power of dominant technology companies.

19 March 2021

Hydraulics deal conditionally approved in EU

The European Commission has conditionally cleared Danfoss’ €2.7 billion acquisition of Eaton’s hydraulics business, after accepting a commitment from the merged company to sell assets in Germany, Poland and the US.

18 March 2021

Germany partially clears Edeka acquisitions with retail space remedy

Germany's Federal Cartel Office has conditionally permitted the country's largest food retailer Edeka to purchase 51 stores from a rival but blocked its acquisition of 21 stores over concerns that it would become "too powerful" in certain regional markets.

17 March 2021

FTC seeks new approach for reviewing pharmaceutical mergers

The Federal Trade Commission has launched a working group of international enforcers looking for new ways to analyse and challenge pharmaceutical mergers.

17 March 2021

China hits major tech companies with gun-jumping fines

China’s competition watchdog has issued maximum fines to some of the country’s largest technology companies for failing to notify past deals as part of its enforcement push in the digital economy.

15 March 2021

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