Topic: Market sharing

UK watchdog opens Phase II review into Sony Music/AWAL

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has opened an in-depth review into Sony Music Entertainment’s acquisition of independent record label AWAL to determine if the deal will wipe out an up-and-coming competitor.

17 September 2021

French enforcer considers failing firm defence in furniture retail deal

France’s Competition Authority has opened an in-depth review into Mobilux Group’s acquisition of struggling furniture retailer Conforama France, although local lawyers believe it will be difficult for the companies to convince the authority to accept their failing firm defence.

16 September 2021

Tencent and Alibaba commit to open up platforms to rivals in China

Chinese technology companies Tencent and Alibaba have agreed to unblock competitors from operating on their platforms, which observers say will lower market barriers and could indicate the end of China’s “tolerance” towards homegrown Big Tech companies.

15 September 2021

Poland demands behavioural and structural remedies from ventilator providers

Poland’s competition authority has conditionally approved a tie-up between two medical ventilator service providers, after warning the deal would risk reducing choice for patients.

08 September 2021

CMA reiterates concerns over JD Sports/Footasylum deal

JD Sports has said it is “perplexed” and “disappointed” by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority’s preliminary view that it might have to once again block the retailer’s purchase of rival Footasylum.

02 September 2021

Norway issues banking merger with SO

Norway’s antitrust watchdog has challenged DNB Bank’s €1 billion acquisition of competitor Sbanken, warning that it may have to block the deal unless the companies offer sufficient remedies.

26 August 2021

China busts cement cartel

China’s competition watchdog has fined a trade association and eight member companies more than €37.6 million for conspiring to fix the price of ready-mixed concrete, as well as restrict supply and allocate the market.

20 August 2021

Prosecutor trims “defective” indictment in landmark Australian cartel case

Australia’s public prosecutor has cut down a cartel indictment lodged against ANZ, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and several of their employees in response to a judge’s criticism of the initial charges as “defective”.

18 August 2021

Poland challenges private healthcare deal

Poland’s competition authority has refused to clear a merger between a major private healthcare provider and a medical centre unless they offer remedies to address its concerns that the deal could eliminate local rivals.

16 August 2021

France greenlights toy store takeover with structural remedies

France’s Competition Authority has cleared a deal that will save toy retailer Maxi Toys from bankruptcy, subject to the buyer divesting three of the 95 purchased stores.

13 August 2021

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