Organisation: European Commission

EU accepts referral request to review Adobe/Figma

The European Commission has agreed to probe Adobe’s $20 billion acquisition of web design platform Figma, after Germany's Federal Cartel Office joined an Article 22 merger referral request alongside 15 other member states.

16 February 2023

UK claimant settles final trucks damages claim

The UK's largest independent truck rental company has settled its follow-on damages claim against DAF, ending its litigation against members of the EU trucks cartel.

15 February 2023

EU opens in-depth review into in-flight wifi merger

The European Commission has launched a Phase II probe into Viasat’s $7.3 billion acquisition of Inmarsat, warning that the deal could harm competition in a nascent market that has recently opened up to potential disruptors.

14 February 2023

EU clears major digital advertising joint venture between telecom giants

The European Commission has unconditionally approved a digital advertising joint venture between Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica and Vodafone upon finding they could not use their existing positions in the telecoms sector to stifle rivals.

13 February 2023

EU approves Sika/MBCC divestment package

The European Commission has approved construction chemical supplier Sika’s €5.1 billion acquisition of rival MBCC, subject to a global remedy that requires the latter to sell its chemical admixture business to a single purchaser across multiple jurisdictions.

09 February 2023

Lawyers push back against European Parliament competition report

The European Parliament's rapporteur on competition policy has made several recommendations to improve the effectiveness of EU antitrust policy, including introducing rebuttable presumptions into merger control.

03 February 2023

Orange grants Belgian rival access to appease EU in Phase II probe

Orange has promised to give Belgium’s largest cable broadband provider Telenet access to its fixed internet services network in hopes of convincing the European Commission to clear its €1.8 billion acquisition of rivals Voo and Brutélé.

03 February 2023

EU defends record-breaking Altice gun-jumping penalty before ECJ

Altice was aware it was breaking EU merger rules when it failed to notify and later implement its acquisition of PT Portugal, the European Commission has told the EU’s highest court in support of its “classical gun-jumping case”.

01 February 2023

General Court reverses heat stabiliser cartel ruling

The EU’s General Court has ruled that the European Commission did not breach the principle of equal treatment when recalculating fines on three companies in the heat stabiliser cartel that belonged to the same economic group.

25 January 2023

Analysis Group hires from Meta

A former aide to EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia and most recently the director for economic policy at Meta Platforms has joined Analysis Group in Washington, DC.

24 January 2023

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