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Reliant Energy/UNA

Premium - 01 May 1999

Houston-based energy firm Reliant is to enter the European Energy market with the US$2.4 billion acquisition of NV Energieproduktiebedrijf UNA, one of the biggest power companies in the Netherlands.

Union Camp/International Paper

Premium - 01 May 1999

US paper and forestry products producer International Paper is to acquire paper manufacturer Union Camp in a tax-free, stock-for-stock exchange valued at US$6.6 billion.

Barr Laboratories/DuPont

Premium - 01 May 1999

The US District Court of Delaware recently ruled that Barr Laboratories could proceed with its antitrust suit against DuPont.

Intel/Intergraph

Premium - 01 May 1999

Intel Corporation has settled with the FTC on the eve of its landmark antitrust case.

Zeneca/ Astra

Premium - 01 April 1999

The European Commission has conditionally cleared the US$35 billion merger of pharmaceuticals companies Zeneca Group plc of the UK and Astra AB of Sweden, which will create the third-largest such company in the world.

Merger wave hits Italian banking

Premium - 01 April 1999

The face of the Italian banking sector looks set to change radically following two proposed deals.

Mats Lonnkvist

Premium - 01 April 1999

Title Vice President and General Counsel

Australia: Refusal to supply directories a misuse of market power

Premium - 01 April 1999

Section 46 of the Trade Practices Act 1974 does not compel a manufacturer or wholesaler to supply goods of services to all who wish to acquire them. The section prohibits a refusal of supply which constitutes a use by a corporation of its substantial degree of market power for a proscribed anticompetitive purpose. In this recent case, a former wholesale distributor of street directories was successful in establishing each of the elements requires under Section 46. The publisher and wholesaler of the directory, in refusing to continue to supply the distributor, was held to have taken advantage of its substantial degree of market power for the purpose of preventing the distributor from engaging in competitive conduct with existing distributors.

TRW/ Lucas Varity

Premium - 01 April 1999

Automotive and space technology provider TWR Inc has beaten Federal- Mogul in its bidding war for British autoparts and aerospace group Lucas- Varity plc.

Switzerland: Concept of collective dominance established

Premium - 01 April 1999

In a decision based on a rigorous economic analysis, the Swiss Competition Commission has introduced the concept of collective dominance into Swiss antitrust law. Drawing in its analysis on the EU Commission’s decisions and the checklist of the German Bundeskartellamt, the Commission ordered the merging companies to divest two affiliated companies. The decision centred on the duopoly which would have been created by the merger and the fact that both companies were vertically integrated.