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This is not a drill: The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 15 November 2019

15 November 2019

“Where there’s smoke, there’s fire” – where there are the signs of something, that something likely exists. Competition enforcers believe that applies to their approach: that if it appears that a merger will harm competition, then it likely will. And especially in already-consolidated sectors, antitrust watchdogs see themselves as the fire doors preventing the harm from spreading. We have coverage this week of a conditionally cleared deal in the consolidating Korean telecommunications market; preliminary concerns about a deal in Australia; an Australian enforcer’s comments on killer acquisitions; and the publication of our survey of Japan's competition bar.

“Killer acquisitions” raise distinct concerns, says ACCC lawyer

“Killer acquisitions” raise distinct concerns, says ACCC lawyer

14 November 2019

A senior lawyer in the mergers unit at Australia’s antitrust watchdog has highlighted features that make certain deals in innovative sectors receive greater scrutiny.

ECJ rules against power cable appeals

ECJ rules against power cable appeals

14 November 2019

The European Court of Justice has found Silec Cable “directly participated” in the EU power cables cartel and rejected the company's appeal against a lower court’s ruling to throw out its claim.

Disney/Fox miss divestiture deadline in Brazil

Disney/Fox miss divestiture deadline in Brazil

14 November 2019

The Brazilian competition authority is reviewing its conditional clearance of Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of certain 21st Century Fox assets after the companies missed a divestiture deadline.

Danish tribunal finds advertising companies fixed discounts

Danish tribunal finds advertising companies fixed discounts

14 November 2019

A Danish tribunal has upheld a competition authority decision finding two outdoor advertising companies colluded on rebates offered to media companies.

ACCC pulls alarm on fire door merger

ACCC pulls alarm on fire door merger

14 November 2019

Australia’s competition watchdog has expressed preliminary concerns about Swedish conglomerate Assa Abloy’s acquisition of a rival company that produces fire door cores.

DOJ sees difference between user and usage data

DOJ sees difference between user and usage data

GCR USA - 14 November 2019

The head of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division has elaborated on the types of data that he believes can pose a competition problem.

Geek out: The Tipline for 14 November 2019

GCR USA - 14 November 2019

We like to fancy ourselves as competition geeks at GCR USA, spending our days focused on court filings and Congressional debates over whether vertical non-competes should be per se illegal, while the rest of Washington is tuned in to the impeachment hearings. But let’s be honest: the real antitrust nerds are spending today and tomorrow at the Federal Trade Commission’s annual microeconomics conference. Even there, the topics do sound pretty interesting, ranging from algorithmic pricing and corporate disclosures as means of collusion, to beer and Chinese industrial policy.

Russia tells Booking.com to remove MFN clauses

Russia tells Booking.com to remove MFN clauses

13 November 2019

Russia’s competition authority has told Booking.com to remove its wide most-favoured nation clauses from contracts with accommodation providers in Russia.

Info exchange is ambiguous, observers from multiple jurisdictions say

Info exchange is ambiguous, observers from multiple jurisdictions say

13 November 2019

The line between permissible information exchange and collusion is not as clear cut as many businesses and trade associations would prefer, lawyers from Europe, North America and Asia have said.