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Vietnam moves to implement competition rules

Premium - 01 June 1998

Vietnam has started work on implementing the unfair competition provisions of the new Commercial Law passed last year. A working group set up in January under the auspices of the Ministry of Trade has begun to draw up detailed regulations on the basis of Articles 8.2 and 9 of the Law.

Brussels tackles broadcasting

Premium - 01 June 1998

EU Competition Commissioner Karel van Miert has had two important broadcasting cases on his agenda that are seen as critical to the future of digital television in Europe: British Interactive Broadcasting, a joint venture of British Sky Broadcasting and British Telecom in home shopping and banking, and in Germany the proposed digital TV alliance between erstwhile rivals Kirch Gruppe and Bertelsmann AG alongside Deutsche Telekom, whose cable network is to carry the service.

Hawk joined by Huser

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Henry L Huser has joined Barry Hawk as Skadden’s second resident Brussels partner.

CIBC/ Dominion

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Just three months after Royal Bank of Canada and Bank of Montreal unveiled their merger deal (see GCR Feb/Mar 1998), Canada’s largest bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, announced plans to merge with the fifth-largest, Toronto-Dominion Bank, which would result in the creation of the ninth-largest bank in North America.

Clinton on merger mania

Premium - 01 June 1998

President Clinton made a rare public comment on antitrust issues when asked about the latest wave of US airline agreements.

Opinion- H Rodgin Cohen of Sullivan & Cromwell, New York

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Should competition authorities - or indeed consumers - be concerned about consolidation within the US financial services industry and the new megabanks emerging from it? Not necessarily, says H Rodgin Cohen of Sullivan & Cromwell, New York

Commission appeals to WTO

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European Competition Commissioner Karel van Miert has called on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to set up a framework of rules for international competition policy.

Correction

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The Monopolies and Mergers Commission has asked us to point out a number of inaccuracies in the transcript of our interview with its Chairman, Derek Morris (GCR April/May issue, page 10). In particular:

US airlines seek greater collaboration

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Following the announcement by Northwest and Continental of a grand partnership in January (currently being investigated by the Justice Department), American Airlines and US Airways have announced more limited links.

A question mark against the Merger

Premium - 01 June 1998

Sebastian O’Meara braved the storm of the century to join other bedraggled delegates in Athens for the IBA’s 9th annual seminar on Telecommunication Services and Competition Law in Europe, which looked, among other topics, at the Internet and strategic alliances