Work Area: Merger Control

FTC official: Existing tools can address issues raised by Big Tech

The existing antitrust framework provides tools that can address the competitive concerns raised by large technology companies, according to a Federal Trade Commission official.

05 February 2021

FTC and DOJ temporarily suspend early terminations

The two US antitrust agencies have jointly suspended the practice of terminating preliminary merger investigations before the end of the traditional 30-day waiting period.

05 February 2021

UK FDI regime not based on economic concerns, government official says

A UK government official has said the country’s proposed foreign investment bill will give the state “significant powers” to intervene in deals that could affect national security, but critics have warned that the law could chill much-needed investment.

04 February 2021

Matos Rosa: Competition is key to green innovation

The president of the Portuguese Competition Authority has said enforcers need to “demystify” the view that competition policy is an obstacle to sustainability initiatives.

04 February 2021

Klobuchar introduces comprehensive antitrust legislation

Senator Amy Klobuchar has introduced sweeping legislation that would make it easier for plaintiffs to challenge mergers and anticompetitive conduct, overhaul the budgets of the US antitrust agencies and empower them to issue civil fines.

04 February 2021

CMA agrees to Viagogo/StubHub break up

The UK's Competition and Markets Authority has ordered Viagogo to sell all of StubHub's ticketing business outside North America, nearly three months after the enforcer indicated it may have to block the deal.

02 February 2021

Botswana issues rare merger block

Botswana’s competition authority has blocked a retail investor’s attempt to purchase a shopping complex, finding the deal would remove a small but effective player from a highly-concentrated market.

02 February 2021

France green lights sustainable energy deal

France's Competition Authority has unconditionally cleared a deal between two "green" electricity suppliers, concluding that high market shares are not indicative of market power in an emerging sector.

01 February 2021

Ninth Circuit: Axon raises “serious” constitutional concerns about FTC

Axon has raised “substantial questions” about the constitutionality of the Federal Trade Commission’s administrative structure, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has said while determining that it does not have the authority to hear the police equipment maker’s case.

01 February 2021

FTC closes investigation into Tronox deal after abandonment

The Federal Trade Commission has revealed it opened and then decided to close an investigation into Tronox Holdings’ proposed purchase of TiZir Titanium and Iron (TTI) after the deal collapsed in the face of antitrust scrutiny.

01 February 2021

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