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UK: Proposed merger control reform on track

Premium - 01 October 1999

Implementation of the proposals for merger reform will require primary legislation, so a new regime is some way down the line. According to the timetable outlined in its ‘Implementation Plan’, the Department of Trade and Industry is on schedule so far. The consultation document was published in August and the consultation period is set to run until December 1 1999. If all goes according to plan, responses will be analysed in October and the outcome of the review will be published in May 2000. Progress thereafter will depend very much on the legislative process

Franchising: Discriminatory franchise policies in Asia

Premium - 01 October 1999

It is ironic that countries experiencing economic difficulty are taking actions that may discourage foreign investment. Malaysia, Indonesia, and many other Asian countries remain attractive markets for expansion-minded franchisors. It is too early to determine whether these franchise-specific laws will present significant barriers to foreign franchisors, but there should be concern about whether they present a harbinger.

RJB Mining state aids case

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The European Court of First Instance has delivered an ambiguous preliminary ruling in the first of seven cases in which RJB Mining is challenging the European Commission’s decisions regarding state aid to the German and Spanish coal industry. The court rejected both RJB’s and the Commission’s interpretation of the state aid code, and dismissed RJB’s case. RJB is to appeal.

Premier League v OFT

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The UK Restrictive Practices Court has upheld the right of the FA Premier League to collectively sell TV rights. Concluding a case brought against the FAPL by the Office of Fair Trading, the court ruled that the exclusive TV rights granted to BSkyB and the BBC by the FAPL are not against the public interest.

Alcoa/ Reynolds

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Following the announcement of the Alcan/Pechiney/Alusuisse merger, the world’s largest aluminium company Alcoa announced a surprise US$5.6 billion bid for the world’s third largest, Reynolds Metals.

Herbert Smith gains top names

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Herbert Smiths reputation for competition and trade law has been much enhanced by recent announcements that both the former European Commissioner for Trade, Sir Leon Brittan, and Jeantet & Associes competition partner Claude Lazarus were to join the firm in the new year. Brittan joins as a consultant to the firm, while Lazarus will take a partnership role in the Paris office. He will be accompanies by a team of 3 associates.

ABA to educate Bulgarian lawyers on antitrust

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The Central and East European Law Initiative, (CEELI), a public service project of the ABA is setting up an initiative to train Bulgarian judges and prosecutors on competition law issues.

Urho Ilmonen, Nokia Mobile Phones

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Title: Vice President Legal Affairs, Group Legal Counsel

Ashlands/ Superfos

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Ashlands Inc, a US energy, construction and chemical conglomerate, has launched a bid to acquire Danish construction company Superfos A/S.

Coudert Brothers merger

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Coudert Brothers are widening the scope of the competition practice through a merger with German law firm Shuermann & Partners and Belgian law firm Coppens Van Ommenslaghe & Faures. The firm is also building competition capability in London under the leadership of partner Alistair Gorrie.