Work Area: Merger Control

Judge sceptical of Penguin Random House competition claims post-merger

The chief executive of Penguin Random House has testified that his company will continue competing against Simon & Schuster post-merger but the judge presiding over the government’s challenge to the deal appeared sceptical of the incentive to do so.

05 August 2022

Real estate software company offers divestiture in Australia

A real estate technology and software provider has offered to divest its entire Australian business to allay vertical competition concerns related to its acquisition of a stake in a conveyancing services provider.

04 August 2022

Data protection requirements undermine DOJ’s bid to block deal, Change argues

A Change Healthcare executive has argued the company would suffer reputational damage and lose clients if the Department of Justice was correct in its claim that its acquisition by UnitedHealth would lead to the latter gaining access to key data about its insurance rivals.

04 August 2022

CMA unwinds real estate software merger

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has ordered two real estate technology and software providers to unwind their already completed merger after its Phase II probe concluded the deal would eliminate one of the main businesses in the relevant market.

03 August 2022

CMA set to clear cybersecurity deal unconditionally after in-depth probe

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally approved NortonLifeLock’s $8.6 billion acquisition of cyber security software rival Avast unconditionally after its Phase II probe found the companies will continue to face “significant competition” from McAfee and Microsoft.

03 August 2022

UnitedHealth says DOJ’s theory of harm to block acquisition is speculation

The Department of Justice’s claims that UnitedHealth Group will gain access to data that it could use to harm rivals by acquiring technology company Change Healthcare are mere speculation, the insurance company has argued.

03 August 2022

CMA signals conditional clearance likely for railway equipment merger

Bouygues has offered remedies to the UK’s antitrust enforcer to sway approval for its €7 billion purchase of Equans, as it shifts focus to beating back the French competition authority’s opposition to its broadcasting subsidiary’s merger with the M6 Group.

02 August 2022

DOJ opens new chapter with monopsony merger trial

Prohibiting Penguin Random House’s proposed acquisition of Simon & Schuster will protect “the creative lifeblood” of the US publishing industry, the Department of Justice has said at the outset of its bid to block the deal.

02 August 2022

Amazon claims myriad of legal errors in gun-jumping appeal to Indian Supreme Court

India’s specialist competition tribunal erroneously applied legal standards from contract law – which do not apply to competition cases – in upholding a record gun-jumping fine, Amazon will argue to the country’s highest court.

01 August 2022

EU takes in-depth look at three-to-two Belgian telecoms deal

The European Commission has launched a Phase II review into Orange’s €1.8 billion proposed acquisition of Belgian rivals Voo and Brutélé to determine if the deal will reduce competition and increase the risk of collusion in several markets.

29 July 2022

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