Work Area: Merger Control

France issues fresh merger guidelines

France’s Competition Authority has published new merger guidelines, which give companies greater pre-notification powers and clarification on the authority’s simplified merger procedure.

27 July 2020

French oil pipeline deal abandoned during Phase II

An oil storage company has dropped its planned acquisition of a controlling stake in France's largest pipeline network after the country’s competition enforcer warned that the deal would grant unprecedented control over an essential infrastructure.

27 July 2020

EU raises stakes in Google/Fitbit discussions

The European Commission has reportedly asked for more data remedies from Google as it probes the Alphabet subsidiary’s $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit, although the agency’s apparent tougher stance is unlikely to appease the deal’s critics.

24 July 2020

Cleary Gottlieb and Quinn Emanuel lead Adevinta/eBay classified ads deal

Adevinta and eBay Classifieds Group have tapped Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan to steer their proposed $9.2 billion deal, which would create the world’s largest and most valuable online classified advertising company.

23 July 2020

Tougher merger control will combat pandemic effects, Tyrie claims

The outgoing chairman of the UK’s competition authority has warned that enforcers face a “huge task” in ensuring competition policy does not fall behind other objectives in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

23 July 2020

Italy clears Intesa Sanpaolo/UBI with divestments

Italy’s Competition Authority has conditionally approved Intesa Sanpaolo’s hostile takeover of UBI Banca, despite the smaller bank’s directors claiming the acquisition could wipe out potential competiton.

17 July 2020

Elanco/Bayer crosses finish line with FTC clearance

The Federal Trade Commission has conditionally approved Elanco’s $7.6 billion purchase of Bayer’s animal health business, granting the final antitrust clearance the companies needed to close the deal.

16 July 2020

FTC: “Coal-on-coal” competition determines price

The Federal Trade Commission has told a federal judge to block a joint venture between coal miners Peabody and Arch Coal, arguing that competition between them keeps prices lower for power plants.

15 July 2020

Germany takes Kaufland/Real deal to Phase II

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has launched an in-depth probe into retailer Kaufland’s purchase of over 100 Real stores from investment group SCP Retail, which bought the struggling chain only four months ago.

13 July 2020

Wu: Market share caps would improve enforcement

Columbia university law professor Tim Wu has said clearer guidance on impermissible market shares could improve antitrust enforcement.

13 July 2020

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