Work Area: Merger Control

ACCC raises concerns about Qantas’ acquisition of smaller rival

Australia’s competition watchdog has raised concerns that Qantas’ proposed purchase of rival Alliance Airlines will likely harm competition for air transport services on certain routes in Queensland and Western Australia for corporate customers.

19 August 2022

Judge refuses to do publishers’ efficiencies homework

Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster cannot claim that their merger would lead to $3 billion in synergies because their expert relied on unverified data, a federal judge has ruled.

18 August 2022

Judge probes publishers’ economist over bidding wars

The federal judge presiding over the Department of Justice’s challenge to Penguin Random House/Simon & Schuster has pushed back on the testimony of the merging parties’ hired economic expert.

17 August 2022

UnitedHealth economist: no incentive to misuse Change’s data

It would not be profitable for UnitedHealth to use Change Healthcare’s data to spy on rival insurers, an economist testifying on behalf of UnitedHealth Group has said.

16 August 2022

Avianca invokes failing firm defence in "urgent" purchase of rival

Colombia’s largest airline is seeking expedited approval from the national aviation authority to complete its proposed acquisition of low-cost carrier Viva Air, claiming the latter’s “delicate financial situation” requires urgent integration.

15 August 2022

Iceland rejects remedy bid in major telecoms Phase II probe

Iceland's Competition Authority has extended its in-depth investigation into the sale of the country’s key telecommunications infrastructure after dismissing the purchaser's proposed commitments as insufficient to remedy its competition concerns.

15 August 2022

UnitedHealth’s expert says Change’s data is not special

The competitively-sensitive information that the government claims UnitedHealth will gain from its acquisition of Change Healthcare is hardly different from data it can obtain from elsewhere, an expert testifying on behalf of the merging parties has said.

15 August 2022

EU seeks independent studies on digital remedies and state of competition

The European Commission has issued two separate tender requests seeking external studies into the effectiveness of its remedies in past digital cases and the state of competition in the bloc.

12 August 2022

Judge queries role of competition in publishing sector

The judge presiding over the Department of Justice’s challenge to the proposed merger of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster has repeatedly asked literary agents whether they think competition for book advances is pointless.

12 August 2022

ACCC mulls divestiture offer in animal health merger

Animal health company Zoetis has proposed divesting the rights to several of rival Jurox’s products related to cow treatments to secure clearance of their merger in Australia.

11 August 2022

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