Work Area: Merger Control

CMA warns of parallel investigations after Brexit transition period

The UK’s competition watchdog has said a “significant proportion” of deals will face parallel merger investigations in the UK and the EU after the Brexit transition period, while also warning it could issue interim orders to deals already approved by the European Commission.

02 December 2020

Common minority ownership – Is the CCI setting a new standard?

Common ownership has been a hot topic in antitrust law for a while and the debate as to its competitive effect is far from settled. India’s competition watchdog recently imposed conditions on a 3% investment because of minority holdings the buyer had in a rival company. Hemangini Dadwal, a partner at AZB & Partners, and associate Shreya Singh examine the potential impact of that decision.

01 December 2020

Visa defends merger with Plaid, slams DOJ’s “potential competition” theory of harm

Visa has said its acquisition of Plaid would result in significant benefits “that simply dwarf the highly remote and speculative risk of anticompetitive effects” that the Department of Justice has alleged will stem from the transaction.

01 December 2020

Google offers behavioural fix in Australia for Fitbit deal

Google has offered not to use certain data collected through its wearable devices for advertising purposes for 10 years to allay concerns that its proposed acquisition of health tracking company Fitbit would harm competition.

30 November 2020

Amnesty International: Google’s data dominance poses human rights risks

Amnesty International has urged the European Commission to examine alleged human rights risks associated with Google’s $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit, but experts warn that such an assessment is outside the enforcer’s competition law remit.

30 November 2020

DOJ requires Intuit to sell Credit Karma’s free tax business

Intuit must divest Credit Karma’s digital do-it-yourself tax business to move forward with its $7.1 billion acquisition of the financial technology company, the Department of Justice has said.

30 November 2020

Penguin Random House/Simon & Schuster likely to receive antitrust scrutiny

Penguin Random House’s proposed $2 billion merger with rival book publisher Simon & Schuster is likely to be closely scrutinised for antitrust concerns.

30 November 2020

Sabre: CMA analysis was irrational

The UK antitrust authority’s application of merger control rules when it blocked Sabre’s $360 million acquisition of Farelogix lacked rationality and was applied in an arbitrary manner, counsel to Sabre has told the country’s specialist competition tribunal.

26 November 2020

CMA defends merger analysis in Sabre/Farelogix deal

The UK’s antitrust enforcer has defended its decision to block Sabre’s acquisition of Farelogix, claiming that domestic merger control rules do not give it “indiscriminate power” to oppose global transactions.

25 November 2020

Sabre says CMA undermined merger control rules by blocking Farelogix deal

The UK’s antitrust authority undermined the intention of parliament by asserting its jurisdiction to block Sabre’s $360 million takeover of Farelogix, counsel to the company has told the country’s specialist competition tribunal.

24 November 2020

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