Work Area: Merger Control

French court rejects appeal against publishing merger approval

France’s top administrative court has rejected a challenge lodged by the economic and social committee of publisher Mondadori France against the national competition enforcer's decision to approve the company's takeover by Reworld Media.

11 March 2021

Norway hits spirit merger with SO

The Norwegian Competition Authority has challenged a merger between two of the country’s largest alcohol suppliers, warning that it might have to block the deal after the companies offered initial remedies that failed to address its concerns.

11 March 2021

Cravath, Herbert Smith Freehills and Clifford Chance steer AerCap/GE deal

Dublin-based aircraft leasing company AerCap has tapped Cravath Swaine & Moore and Herbert Smith Freehills to guide its $30 billion acquisition of General Electric’s Capital Aviation Services, which has called on Clifford Chance for antitrust advice.

11 March 2021

Austria’s top court upholds merger notification rejection

Austria's Supreme Court has ruled that the country's competition enforcer cannot issue decisions on "hypothetical" mergers where the final shareholdings of the target company have not yet been finalised.

10 March 2021

Swedish enforcer calls for market investigation powers

The Swedish Competition Authority has urged its government to change the country’s antitrust rules to empower it to conduct market investigations, after finding during a digital platforms market study that the current law has "built-in limitations".

09 March 2021

Dutch court sends education publishing deal back to enforcer

A Dutch court has annulled the national competition enforcer’s conditional approval of a merger between two publishers of educational materials, after a rival challenged the adequacy of the agency’s in-depth investigation.

08 March 2021

Wilson: reformers should recognise decades of narrowing market definitions

Advocates that want lower market share thresholds in merger reviews so it's easier for enforcers to block deals should recognise the US antitrust agencies have been narrowing the markets they define for decades, Federal Trade Commission member Christine Wilson has said.

08 March 2021

EU will soon legislate against anticompetitive foreign subsidies, Vestager says

The European Commission hopes to put out draft legislation aimed at tackling distortive foreign subsidies in the next three or four months, the EU’s competition commissioner has said.

04 March 2021

DOJ resolves case against Pennsylvania healthcare providers

The Department of Justice has settled its litigation challenging Geisinger Health’s partial acquisition of Evangelical Community Hospital, allowing Geisinger to maintain its minority investment.

04 March 2021

DMA is not the end of antitrust enforcement, Guersent says

The director-general of the European Commission’s competition authority has stressed that the agency will not be giving up on traditional antitrust enforcement in the digital economy following the introduction of the Digital Markets Act.

02 March 2021

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