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Rhodia/ Albright & Wilson

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The acquisition by Rhodia SA of UK-based international chemicals company Albright & Wilson plc has recently received clearance from the European Commission under the EC Merger Regulation.

Women in competition

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Imagine a regulator scanning a market share breakdown for an industry with two major players. Firm A has 6 per cent market share and Firm B 94 per cent - a clear case of dominance by any authority’s standards. This is what struck us when we noticed that women accounted for only 18 out of the 296 lawyers listed as leaders in competition law in our sister publication An International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers, 2nd edition.

Former Rogers & Wells head of antitrust joins King & Spalding

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Richard Cirillo, the former head of the Rogers & Wells antitrust department, has left the firm to join rivals King & Spalding.

Stagecoach/ Coach USA

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The UK’s largest transport group, Stagecoach, is to purchase Houstonbased company Coach USA in a transaction valued at US$1.8 billion.

The GCR interviews: Competition in the east

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Ten years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the leading economies of Eastern Europe are on the brink of membership in the European Union - a confirmation of the speed with which their economies have adapted to a global free market system from which they were excluded for 50 years. As part of this process, they have also developed competition regimes closely based on the EU model. Three senior regulators from Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic told GCR about the experiences of their countries in the antitrust arena

Antarctica/ Brahma

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Brazil’s largest brewers, Cervejaria Brahma SA and Cia Antárctica SA, are to merge to form the world’s third-largest brewery and fifth-largest beverage company.

EU fines Sanofi-Synthelabo for providing incorrect information

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The European Commission has said it will fine the French pharmaceutical companies Sanofi and Synthelabo over US$100,000 for giving it incorrect information in connection with their US$10 billion merger.

Switzerland: ‘Essential facilities’ doctrine lurks in Swiss Antitrust Law

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The Swiss Antitrust Commission has referred to the ‘essential facilities’ doctrine in two ongoing investigations, one in the electricity market and one (more recently) in the telecommunications industry. The latter investigation has been triggered by an interim measure obliging the largest Swiss cable network provider to grant access to a Swiss pay-TV broadcaster to enable it to switch from analog to digital TV technology.

Sweden: New de minimis notice from the Competition Authority

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The new notice on agreements of minor importance broadly follows the European Commission’s de minimis notice.

Poland: Antimonopoly Court takes a liberal approach to relevant market definition

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In a recent judgment, the Antimonopoly Court disagreed once again with the President of the Office of the Protection of Competition on the definition of a relevant market.