Work Area: Merger Control

Norway hits grocer with gun-jumping fine

The Norwegian Competition Authority has fined NorgesGruppen €1.9 million for failing to disclose its takeover of a rival supermarket’s premises, based on sector-specific rules that require certain companies to notify the enforcer about all acquisitions.

03 September 2020

Gazprom seeks disclosure in Polish Nord Stream 2 probe

Gazprom has challenged a decision by Poland’s competition watchdog to restrict its access to evidence in the enforcer’s Nord Stream 2 gun-jumping probe.

02 September 2020

ACCC to stop publicising probes of some completed deals

Australia’s competition watchdog has removed all pending investigations into completed mergers from its public register and will no longer list such deals in future.

02 September 2020

DOJ seeks comments on 25-year-old banking merger guidelines

The Department of Justice is considering updates to its banking merger guidelines to reflect emerging trends and to modernise the Antitrust Division’s approach to deal reviews in the financial services market.

02 September 2020

Facebook challenges Giphy hold-separate obligations

Facebook has taken the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority to court over its refusal to exempt the company from aspects of an order that prevented it from integrating with Giphy during the enforcer's merger review.

01 September 2020

France issues first-ever deal block

France’s Competition Authority has prohibited a merger for the first time in its history, blocking a three-to-two hypermarket deal in the town of Troyes.

28 August 2020

Investment software provider asks CMA to undo its hostile takeover

Fintech software developer GBST has told the UK’s competition enforcer that forcing its acquirer to sell GBST is the “only comprehensive and effective remedy” to the harm that the already-completed acquisition will cause in the investment software market.

27 August 2020

Germany clears slaughterhouse deal amid covid-19 outbreaks

Germany’s competition authority has approved a slaughterhouse operator’s takeover of an employee contracting service, in a deal which aims to avoid a new law banning migrant workers in the sector after outbreaks of coronavirus at several facilities.

27 August 2020

Singapore clears major Korean shipping deal

Singapore’s competition authority has unconditionally cleared a tie-up between two of the world’s largest shipbuilders despite finding high barriers to entry and a lack of countervailing buyer power in the markets for the supply of several large commercial vessels.

25 August 2020

Norway ready to block sporting retailer merger

Norway’s Competition Authority has warned that it is prepared to prohibit sports equipment retailer Sport1 from acquiring rival Gresvig, despite the latter filing for bankruptcy earlier this year.

24 August 2020

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