Work Area: Merger Control

EU sends Finnish cargo merger to Phase II

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into the combination of two Finnish cargo equipment suppliers, citing concerns that the deal may reduce competition in the supply of certain container and cargo handling equipment in Europe.

05 July 2021

Canada seeks to block industrial waste disposal merger

Canada’s Competition Bureau is seeking to block the proposed merger of industrial waste disposal companies Secure Energy Services and Tervita, six years after the Supreme Court rejected the authority's attempt to block another Tervita acquisition.

01 July 2021

EU opens Phase II probe into Spanish airline deal

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into the proposed merger between Iberia and Air Europa, finding the deal may negatively harm competition on passenger routes to and from Spain.

30 June 2021

Lithuania blocks telecoms deal

Lithuania’s Competition Council has blocked a proposed tie-up between two telecom rivals, two years after the companies abandoned their first merger attempt over the enforcer’s competition concerns.

29 June 2021

Norway takes closer look at acquisition by country’s largest bank

Norway’s Competition Authority has launched an in-depth review into DNB’s €1 billion proposed purchase of domestic rival Sbanken, in what the agency says is one of the most significant deals in the banking sector in years.

28 June 2021

Israel blocks three-to-two lens merger

Israel’s Competition Authority has blocked an Essilor-Luxottica subsidiary’s attempt to purchase a rival eyeglass lens maker because the deal would reduce the number of competitors in the lens manufacturing market from three to two.

28 June 2021

EU to conduct retrospective merger study

The European Commission is launching a study of its past merger decisions to determine if its predictions about market entry and expansion were accurate.

24 June 2021

Malaysian enforcer reiterates call for merger review powers

Malaysia’s antitrust authority has again called for the power to monitor and review mergers – as well as intervene when necessary – after deals in the port logistics sector sparked concerns over collusion and exclusion.

24 June 2021

Altria expert: E-cigarette market exit was a boon for competition

The discontinuation of Altria’s e-cigarette products provided consumers with a greater variety of cheaper vaping products, an economic expert testifying on behalf of Altria has said as the Federal Trade Commission seeks to unwind the company’s 35% stake in Juul Labs.

23 June 2021

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