Work Area: Merger Control

South Africa recommends mandatory notification for certain forestry deals

South Africa's antitrust enforcer has said large vertically integrated forestry companies must notify all acquisitions of plantations, after completing its first-ever study to retrospectively assess the effects of past enforcement decisions.

12 August 2020

Uruguay issues guidance on merger control reform

Uruguay’s government has issued a decree clarifying the implementation of recent amendments to its merger control regime, which established a two-phase merger review process and empowered the competition watchdog to conditionally approve deals.

12 August 2020

ACCC delays Google/Fitbit decision to align with EU review

Australia’s competition watchdog has postponed issuing a ruling on Google’s acquisition of Fitbit until December to align with the European Commission’s ongoing merger review.

11 August 2020

Canada clears Wesco/Anixter with divestments

Canada’s Competition Bureau has ordered Wesco to divest its local utility and data communications divisions to address the enforcer’s concerns that its €3.8 billion tie-up with Anixter would eliminate competition from two national markets.

07 August 2020

Investment software deal blocked in UK

The UK’s antitrust enforcer has provisionally blocked an already completed deal between investment platform software providers FNZ and GBST, but said the partial divestiture of the latter company could remedy its concerns.

05 August 2020

EU takes closer look at Google/Fitbit deal

Following weeks of speculation, the European Commission has launched an in-depth review into Google’s $2.1 billion purchase of Fitbit to study if the deal will give Google a data advantage in the online search and display advertising markets.

04 August 2020

CMA approves Amazon/Deliveroo without remedies

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has cleared Amazon’s 16% investment in online food delivery company Deliveroo after a Phase II review, but warned that a further increase in its shareholding could trigger another investigation.

04 August 2020

Poland issues €48.2 million obstruction fine against Gazprom

Poland’s Office of Competition and Consumer Protection has imposed its highest-ever fine on Gazprom for obstructing its Nord Stream 2 gun-jumping probe, but local competition lawyers expect the company to appeal.

03 August 2020

EU greenlights Alstom/Bombardier deal

The European Commission has approved Alstom’s €6.2 billion acquisition of Bombardier’s rail equipment division, subject to a “once in a lifetime” divestment package according to counsel for Alstom.

03 August 2020

Trade group urges CCI to block Flipkart’s acquisition of Walmart India

An association of online sellers in India has asked the country’s competition watchdog to block Flipkart’s acquisition of Walmart’s local subsidiary because the deal will cause competitive harm already being investigated as a possible abuse of dominance.

29 July 2020

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