Work Area: Merger Control

New Zealand remains sceptical on waste collection deal

New Zealand’s competition agency is concerned that Can Plan Nelson’s proposed acquisition of certain assets of a waste collection business might substantially lessen competition for residential services in that market.

01 June 2021

FTC granted dismissal of its Illumina/Grail challenge

A California federal court has accepted the Federal Trade Commission’s request to dismiss its own lawsuit seeking to block Illumina’s purchase of Grail but preserved the chance for the agency to file another challenge at a later date.

01 June 2021

A Q&A with Herbert Hovenkamp

University of Pennsylvania Law School professor Herbert Hovenkamp has published a new article looking to expel the notion once and for all that false positives are more costly than false negatives. In a conversation with GCR USA, the most cited antitrust scholar in the country said the US would benefit from a more “pro-enforcement” merger policy, endorsing legislation from Senator Amy Klobuchar.

28 May 2021

EU governments voice concerns about DMA

Government ministers in Germany, France and the Netherlands have urged the European Commission to strengthen the Digital Markets Act by introducing tougher merger notification provisions and making sure member states can themselves challenge digital platforms.

27 May 2021

Cravath, Latham and Paul Weiss direct Amazon/MGM deal

Amazon revealed plans on Wednesday to purchase the legacy film and television studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for $8.5 billion, drawing ire from watchful lawmakers and competition advocates.

27 May 2021

Singapore conditionally clears LSE/Refinitiv

Singapore’s competition authority has conditionally cleared London Stock Exchange Group’s US$27 billion acquisition of Refinitiv nearly four months after the companies closed the tie-up.

25 May 2021

Enforcers must embrace algorithms, Régibeau says

Competition agencies should consider using algorithms to detect potential “killer acquisitions”, the European Commission’s chief competition economist has said.

24 May 2021

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