Work Area: Merger Control

South Africa rejects coal mining merger interventions

The Competition Tribunal of South Africa has rejected six mining companies’ requests to intervene in a proposed coal mining merger, just weeks after it struck out allegations of political interference in the case.

11 November 2020

Updated CMA merger guidance signals ramp-up in enforcement

Local lawyers have said the UK antitrust watchdog’s draft revised merger guidance is a sign that the enforcer is “ramping up” its enforcement as it prepares to take on more multijurisdictional deals at the end of the Brexit withdrawal period.

09 November 2020

Tesco secures conditional approval for sale of Thai business

Thailand’s competition watchdog has confirmed a rare conditional merger approval for the sale of Tesco’s local supermarket operations, subject to the buyer promising not to enter into another brick and mortar retail merger for three years.

09 November 2020

Ad watchdog recommends T-Mobile clarify 5G benefits of Sprint merger

T-Mobile should alter some of its advertisements to avoid the implication that its 5G aspirations stemming from its acquisition of Sprint are “imminently available”, an industry advertising watchdog has recommended.

09 November 2020

DOJ sues to block Visa purchase of Plaid

Visa’s proposed acquisition of the financial technology firm Plaid seeks to eliminate a nascent competitive threat to its monopoly over online debit transactions, the Department of Justice has alleged.

06 November 2020

CMA continues tough merger enforcement with another deal block

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has ordered investment platform software provider FNZ to unwind its acquisition of rival GBST, issuing its third merger block this year.

05 November 2020

German competition law amendments extremely close to finish line, Mundt says

The president of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said he expects his agency will be ready to enforce new domestic rules against digital platforms in the first few months of 2021, but warned it still faces challenges in bringing cases.

05 November 2020

South Africa launches new digital strategy

South Africa’s competition enforcer has launched a new strategy to tackle competition issues in digital markets, which includes plans to require certain digital companies to report all national acquisitions.

04 November 2020

FTC clears Stryker/Wright Medical as Chopra questions adequacy of compliance monitoring

The Federal Trade Commission has conditionally approved Stryker’s $4 billion purchase of medical device rival Wright Medical, with Commissioner Rohit Chopra urging the agency to adjust how it monitors companies’ compliance with ordered remedies.

04 November 2020

Another deal collapses after CMA scrutiny

Two educational resource suppliers have abandoned their proposed £50 million tie-up after the UK’s increasingly combative antitrust enforcer concluded that it would likely need to block the merger.

02 November 2020

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