Work Area: Merger Control

EU clears crop deal with remedies

The European Commission has cleared a deal between two suppliers of crop protection products following a Phase I probe, on the condition that the companies first divest certain supply agreements.

12 February 2021

Scott Morton: New research links increased lobbying to consumer harm

New research on market influence suggests that a company’s increased lobbying following a merger could be characterised as a consumer harm under US antitrust laws, according to Yale economist Fiona Scott Morton.

12 February 2021

ACCC raises nascent competition concerns over software merger

Australia’s competition watchdog has raised concerns that a proposed tie-up between two software companies would harm competition in the market for accountancy software by removing a potentially strong competitor.

11 February 2021

Germany in talks with Edeka over merger commitments

Germany’s antitrust authority is concerned that Edeka’s proposed acquisition of 72 Real supermarkets from SCP Retail could restrict competition in the regional markets where more than one-third of the stores are located.

11 February 2021

EssilorLuxottica proposes EU remedies

EssilorLuxottica has offered structural and behavioural commitments to the European Commission as it looks to secure approval for its acquisition of GrandVision.

10 February 2021

Economists propose revisions to EU’s draft gatekeeper rules

Six competition economists have recommended that the European Commission’s draft Digital Markets Act include both a “blacklist” of prohibited conduct and a “grey list” of practices that gatekeepers could argue are procompetitive.

10 February 2021

ABA calls for more guidance from enforcers amid heightened uncertainty

The antitrust law section of the American Bar Association is urging the Biden administration to provide clarity on several subject matters as the nation grapples with the state of competition.

09 February 2021

Sunshine: Documents don’t tell the full story

Internal company documents can make for compelling evidence, but it is important for enforcers to recognise the broader context in which they are delivered, a former Department of Justice official has said.

08 February 2021

Slaughter defends decision suspending early terminations

Rebecca Kelly Slaughter, acting chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, has defended the US antitrust agencies’ decision to temporarily stop granting early terminations.

08 February 2021

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