Work Area: Merger Control

Italy clears digital payments deal with remedies

Italy’s antitrust enforcer has conditionally cleared Nexi’s €4.6 billion purchase of rival SIA, concluding that the merged company’s dominant position will likely be constrained by new competitors in the future because of the rapid development of the digital payments sector.

15 October 2021

Enforcers back calls for joint approach to competition and data protection issues

A senior official at the UK’s competition watchdog has said enforcers should collaborate more closely with privacy regulators when tackling antitrust and data protection issues, while highlighting his agency’s efforts to bridge this gap in its probe into Google’s sandbox.

15 October 2021

Companies are “contemptuous” toward Australian merger rules, Sims says

The chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has said the country’s merger control regime leads companies to sometimes take a “contemptuous” approach to the process, as he continues to champion a major overhaul of the system.

15 October 2021

American Airlines and JetBlue begin sharing loyalty benefits amid DOJ suit

American Airlines and JetBlue have introduced new perks for members of the other’s loyalty programme as the Department of Justice sues to terminate their partnership in court.

14 October 2021

Australia seeks court injunction to halt fertility clinic deal

Australia’s competition watchdog has urged the country’s Federal Court to issue an interim injunction against two IVF providers, after the companies said they would close their proposed merger before the enforcer completed its deal review.

13 October 2021

Russia blocks online advertising tie-up

Russia’s competition enforcer has blocked classified advertising platform Avito’s proposed purchase of online real estate marketplace Cian, citing concerns that the merged entity could be incentivised to abuse its dominant position.

11 October 2021

Wilson decries FTC’s shifting merger policy

US Federal Trade Commission member Christine Wilson has said she is “dismayed” by aspects of her agency’s changing stance to merger control, which could soon leave regulatory lawyers “obsolete”.

08 October 2021

ACCC launches probe after logistics company closes deal without approval

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has launched a probe into logistics company Qube’s completed acquisition of a bulk grain terminal – a week after the companies closed the deal despite the agency’s request to wait for approval.

07 October 2021

EU official outlines alternatives to new Article 22 position

The European Commission considered adopting value-based thresholds or introducing a voluntary merger notification system instead of accepting below-threshold referrals, the agency’s deputy-director of mergers has disclosed.

07 October 2021

The Curious Case of the Vertical Merger Guidelines

Several members of the antitrust bar have expressed concern that the Federal Trade Commission’s decision to erase its name from the 2020 Vertical Merger Guidelines makes merger control in the US less predictable. Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath partners Dylan Carson and Alicia Batts give their views on where they think vertical merger enforcement now stands.

06 October 2021

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