Work Area: Merger Control

Germany set to recommence dawn raids

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office is ready to conduct dawn raids again after pausing inspections due to the coronavirus pandemic, the enforcer’s president has said.

08 September 2020

FTC: Einstein’s failing firm defence falls short

The Federal Trade Commission will argue at trial next week that Jefferson Health and Albert Einstein Healthcare Network are unable to meet the burden of proof to establish a failing firm defence allowing both companies to merge.

08 September 2020

Philippine official encourages merger filings despite new bill

A top official at the Philippine Competition Commission has said that companies should continue to file their deals before the agency even if a proposed bill exempting certain tie-ups from mandatory filing is signed into law.

07 September 2020

Vestager: EU states and DG Comp shouldn’t be afraid to disagree

Margrethe Vestager has said that the “robust debate” between her agency and the German government about EU merger control rules has been fruitful but warned against drawing general inferences from the Siemens/Alstom review.

07 September 2020

Amazon penalised for late responses in Deliveroo probe

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has fined Amazon for failing to hand over documents on time during the enforcer’s review of the company’s investment in Deliveroo.

07 September 2020

Court orders Bulgarian enforcer to reexamine energy deal

Bulgaria’s competition watchdog has reopened an in-depth probe into insurance provider Eurohold’s purchase of CEZ’s Bulgarian energy businesses after a court overruled its initial decision to block the deal.

07 September 2020

Iceland issues rare merger block

Iceland’s Competition Authority has blocked a three-to-two merger between two private radiology companies, opposing a deal for only the ninth time in over a decade.

04 September 2020

Norway hits grocer with gun-jumping fine

The Norwegian Competition Authority has fined NorgesGruppen €1.9 million for failing to disclose its takeover of a rival supermarket’s premises, based on sector-specific rules that require certain companies to notify the enforcer about all acquisitions.

03 September 2020

Gazprom seeks disclosure in Polish Nord Stream 2 probe

Gazprom has challenged a decision by Poland’s competition watchdog to restrict its access to evidence in the enforcer’s Nord Stream 2 gun-jumping probe.

02 September 2020

ACCC to stop publicising probes of some completed deals

Australia’s competition watchdog has removed all pending investigations into completed mergers from its public register and will no longer list such deals in future.

02 September 2020

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