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Van Miert under pressure from US over airlines

Premium - 01 June 1998

As Karel van Miert prepared to announce the European Commission’s conditions for approving alliances between British Airways and American Airlines, Lufthansa and United Airlines, and Delta Air Lines, Swissair, Austrian Airlines and Sabena, the US Assistant Aviation Secretary, Charles Hunnicutt, said that Washington strongly opposed plans to limit flights on certain routes to curtail the power of the alliances.

Van Miert under pressure from Lufthansa

Premium - 01 June 1998

Lufthansa chief executive Jürgen Weber vowed that the German airline would resort to legal action to fight what he called the 'irrational and ideologically-based' proposals of the European Commission to limit the power of proposed airline alliances.

Clinton on merger mania

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

New head for NZ Commission

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Peter Allport is the new head of the New Zealand Commerce Commission.

Hawk joined by Huser

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

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.

Punder, Volhard Weber & Axster adds expertise

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Gilchrist joins Pünder, Volhard, Weber & Axster

Vietnam moves to implement competition rules

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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.

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

Premium - 01 June 1998

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

Cleary Gottlieb's rare lateral move

Premium - 01 June 1998

George S Carey, former senior deputy director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, has become a partner in the Washington DC office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.