Work Area: Merger Control

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

CMA provisionally approves Adevinta/eBay remedies

eBay and Adevinta have agreed to sell off their primary classified advertising businesses in the UK to gain approval from the country’s competition enforcer for their $9.2 billion tie-up.

02 March 2021

FTC drops appeal against Einstein/Jefferson merger ruling

The Federal Trade Commission has dismissed its appeal against a Pennsylvania federal court’s ruling that found the agency had failed to show the merger of Jefferson Health and Albert Einstein Healthcare Network would likely violate US antitrust law.

01 March 2021

Companies appear less deterred by merger enforcement, CMA official says

The senior director of mergers at the UK’s antitrust authority has said companies appear to have a larger appetite for deals that raise competition concerns, while pushing back against claims that the agency has actively toughened up its approach to merger control.

24 February 2021

Polish enforcer clashes with human rights commissioner over document request

Poland’s antitrust enforcer has refused to hand over documents to the country's human rights commissioner relating to its review of PKN Orlen's acquisition of Polska Press due to confidentiality concerns.

23 February 2021

Australian merger regime “skewed towards clearance”, Sims says

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is exploring potential reforms to the country’s merger rules, which currently place insufficient weight on competition risks, the chair of the agency has said.

23 February 2021

EU clears Siemens Healthineers/Varian with interoperability remedies

The European Commission has cleared Siemens Healthineers $16.4 billion acquisition of Varian Medical Systems, on the condition that the companies make their respective medical imaging and radiotherapy devices interoperable with rival products.

22 February 2021

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