Work Area: Merger Control

New Zealand allows hospital tie-up subject to divestiture

New Zealand’s antitrust authority has allowed a merger between two large hospital groups after they offered to divest the target’s only healthcare facility in New Zealand.

17 November 2021

CMA launches Phase II review into Nvidia/Arm deal

The UK’s competition authority has opened an in-depth probe into Nvidia’s $40 billion purchase of Arm on both competition and national security grounds at the request of the country’s government.

16 November 2021

Banking deal blocked in Norway

The Norwegian Competition Authority has intervened to stop DNB’s €1 billion acquisition of rival Sbanken, after the buyer twice proposed what the agency said were inadequate remedies.

16 November 2021

Romanian enforcer consults on Glovo/Delivery Hero remedies

Food delivery app Glovo has proposed an extensive package of behavioural commitments to Romania’s antitrust watchdog as it looks to assuage competition concerns about its proposed takeover of Delivery Hero’s subsidiary Foodpanda.

12 November 2021

French court rejects online streaming joint venture challenge

France’s highest administrative court has rejected an appeal challenging the national enforcer’s conditional approval of an online streaming service joint venture, ruling that the authority has no legal obligation to conduct an in-depth review or consult with third parties.

11 November 2021

Judge promises “tight leash” on discovery in ACCC merger challenge

The judge presiding over the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s application for a permanent injunction to block a proposed tie-up between two IVF providers has said he will “keep a very tight leash” on the authority’s discovery requests.

11 November 2021

FTC conditionally approves generic pharma merger

ANI Pharmaceuticals must divest the production rights for a generic antibiotic and a generic steroid to proceed with its $210 million purchase of Novitium, the Federal Trade Commission has said.

11 November 2021

Italy opens electric car charging station JV probe

The Italian Competition Authority has opened a full investigation into a proposed joint venture between Enel X and Volkswagen to develop ultra-fast electric vehicle charging stations, after warning that a non-compete agreement at the heart of the deal could harm consumers.

09 November 2021

FTC Dems: lack of resources forcing “tough choices”

Democratic leadership at the Federal Trade Commission says its merger control regime is being pushed to the brink.

09 November 2021

Ecuador issues largest-ever gun-jumping fine

Ecuador’s competition authority has fined the conglomerate Sia Products over €2 million for failing to notify the establishment of a new trust that gave it majority control over a paper products maker, marking the largest sanction the enforcer has ever imposed for gun-jumping.

08 November 2021

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