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Shell/BASF

Premium - 01 March 1998

This joint polyethelene venture between Shell and BASF was timely in the run-up to the European Commission’s new merger guidelines, which replace the concentrative/cooperative distinction with ‘full-function’ joint ventures.

Redland/Lafarge

Premium - 01 March 1998

Article 9 of the European Commission’s Merger Regulation was seen in practice in the Redland /Lafarge merger.

Zurich/BAT

Premium - 01 March 1998

London-based BAT Industries plc announced its proposed merger with Zurich Investment Company in October last year to form Zurich Financial Services group (ZF group).

Bank of Montreal/Royal Bank of Canada

Premium - 01 March 1998

Canada is about to witness the largest merger in its history, as its largest bank, Royal Bank of Canada, prepares to merge with Bank of Montreal.

United States: Justice Department takes on Microsoft

Premium - 01 February 1998

The current dispute between the government and Microsoft intensified in mid-December when the Justice Department filed a motion to hold Microsoft in civil contempt for alleged non-compliance with the court’s order that Microsoft temporarily cease the practices at issue in the government’s case. The government argued that the means chosen by Microsoft to comply with the judge’s order did not constitute adequate compliance with the order. The government sought civil penalties of US$1 million per day.

German pay TV goes into second phase

Premium - 01 February 1998

Karel van Miert has confirmed that he is to launch a full investigation into the proposed pay TV alliance between German media groups Kirch, Bertelsmann and Deutsche Telekom.

1916 Act brought out of the shadows

Premium - 01 February 1998

A federal court judge has made a landmark judgment that an almost forgotten antitrust law is in fact an anti-dumping law, carrying a far lower burden of proof. The Utah judge gave his controversial interpretation when US company Geneva Steel brought an action under the Act, known paradoxically as the 1916 Antidumping Act, against Ranger, a Texan company, and Thyssen, the largest German steel-maker, alleging they were dumping products on the US market.

Italy appoints new competition chief

Premium - 01 February 1998

The Italian senate has appointed a new head of Italy’s competition bureau, the Autorità Garante.

Shell/ BASF

Premium - 01 February 1998

This joint polyethelene venture between Shell and BASF was timely in the run-up to the European Commission’s new merger guidelines, which replace the concentrative/ cooperative distinction with ‘full-function’ joint ventures.

Merger control filings

Premium - 01 February 1998

Martin Bechtold of Pünder, Volhard, Weber & Axster, Frankfurt, considers whether the new Common Form for merger control proceedings produced by Britain, France and Germany can ease the pain of multinational filing in Europe