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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer launches DC antitrust practice

Premium - 13 May 2002

The mighty Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer competition group is opening in DC with two locally-recruited partners. It is the first European competition firm to test the water in DC. It does so on the back of two - youngish - US hires. They are Paul L Yde, a well-known private practitioner, and 'MJ' Moltenbrey, a respected enforcer.

Gap in New Zealand merger test repaired by the courts

Premium - 13 May 2002

The fate of a key merger that was pending on the day New Zealand’s revised merger test came into force looks to have been resolved. On April 29, a senior court ruled that the old test of dominance should apply to the deal involving Progressive Enterprises and Woolworths NZ.

Singapore Port Authority expands into Belgium

Premium - 13 May 2002

PSA Corporation Ltd - a port operating company - has acquired a majority shareholding in the Belgian port management company Hesse Noord Natie for Euro650 million. The acquisition is the port authority's largest overseas acquisition.

ACCC raids oil companies’ offices

Premium - 13 May 2002

Australia’s competition watchdog, the ACCC, has raided the offices of three oil companies, Royal Dutch/Shell, ExxonMobil and Caltex Australia. The raids were ordered after the ACCC obtained information about suspected abuses from a ‘whistleblower’.

Survey finds vast disparities in merger filing fees

Premium - 07 May 2002

A survey just published reveals startling variations in the merger filing fees charged by competition authorities worldwide. The survey, conducted by Baker & McKenzie’s competition law group, compares fees in 23 countries. (For a summary of the results see below). All in all, however, the researchers have concluded that fees are not prohibitive.

NERA enters Asian market

Premium - 07 May 2002

NERA has opened a new office in Tokyo, the consultancy’s first in Asia. Although the office has been operational for over a month, the formal opening was celebrated on April 24 with more than 100 clients in attendance.

New partners at Linklaters

Premium - 07 May 2002

Linklaters has also announced two new competition partners. Eric Söderlind and Christian Ahlborn will boost the firm’s competition groups in Stockholm and London respectively. The appointments took effect on May 1. Söderlind has been with Linklaters since 1995. Before that he worked in the office of the Swedish Ombudsman for Trade and Commerce and at the Swedish Competition Authority. Linklaters merged with Lagerlöf & Leman in September 2001 to form Linklaters Lagerlöf, based in Stockholm.

Polish notification gap is plugged

Premium - 07 May 2002

After two weeks without merger notification — because the previous regime had expired — Poland has brought out a new set of rules. The new merger notification procedure, which was unveiled in Warsaw on April 12, closely follows the EU Merger Regulation.

French merger control law takes effect

Premium - 07 May 2002

France is now a compulsory merger review jurisdiction — at last. An announcement made on May 3 that legislation has finally been enacted resolves the fate of a bill that for a time appeared consigned to permanent administrative limbo (largely on account, it is said, of the presidential elections).

Mobile termination fees under investigation in UK

Premium - 07 May 2002

Following the European Commission’s investigation of fees charged by the Dutch telecommunication operator Royal KPN, the UK Competition Commission is investigating the termination fees charged by Vodafone, BTCellnet, Orange and T-Mobile (formerly One2One) in the UK.