Region: Australia

Veolia/Suez clears Australian hurdle but hits UK roadblock

The UK’s antitrust authority has opened an in-depth investigation into Veolia’s €13 billion acquisition of Suez, the same day as the Australian competition watchdog approved the deal subject to structural remedies.

21 December 2021

IVF providers abandon merger in face of ACCC challenge

A pair of IVF providers have called off their proposed tie-up following opposition from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

17 December 2021

Top competition lawyer tapped to replace Rod Sims as ACCC chair

Gilbert + Tobin partner Gina Cass-Gottlieb has been nominated to replace Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chair Rod Sims, who will step down in March after an unprecedented three terms at the helm.

14 December 2021

Judge sceptical of using historic market structure in ACCC merger challenge

The judge presiding over the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s challenge to a proposed tie-up of two IVF providers has repeatedly questioned the relevance of evidence looking at the historic structure of the market.

13 December 2021

Australia

Featured in Foreign Direct Investment Regulation Guide - First Edition

10 December 2021

Australia

Featured in GCR 100 2022

The Australian antitrust bar has to deal with one of the world’s most active competition enforcers, but scores of talented lawyers show they are up to the task.

10 December 2021

Australian tribunal denounces fintech company’s “frivolous” merger challenge

Australia’s Competition Tribunal has accepted a decision by a local financial technology startup to drop its challenge to a merger between three payment service providers but strongly criticised the company for bringing the case.

08 December 2021

Sims praises Korean law that forces Apple and Google to open up app stores

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chair Rod Sims has praised Korea for passing amendments to its telecommunications law that prohibits Google and Apple from barring third-party payment providers in their application marketplaces.

02 December 2021

Top executive at immunity applicant JPMorgan denies cartel breach

JPMorgan Australia’s current chair and former chief executive has testified that his bank and three rivals did not breach competition rules when a capital raising fell short in 2015, despite his company applying for immunity as part of the cartel probe that followed.

02 December 2021

Australia’s top court denies Apple’s request to stay Epic Games lawsuit

The High Court of Australia has sent Epic Games’ monopolisation lawsuit against Apple to the country’s Federal Court for a full hearing on the merits next November, after rejecting the iPhone maker’s request to stay the litigation.

02 December 2021

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