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Bertelsmann hires Joel Klein

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Bertelsmann Inc has hired Joel Klein, former Assistant Attorney General for antitrust in the Clinton Administration, as its new chairman and CEO. Bertelsmann Inc provides accounting, tax and legal services to the US operating divisions of Bertelsmann AG - including Arista Records and Random House publishing operation.

Carrefour sells frozen food subsidiary Picard

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Carrefour - reportedly Europe’s largest retailer - is selling its 74 per cent stake in its frozen food subsidiary Picard Surgelés to a Franco-British investment consortium. The consortium is led by London-based Candover and Paris-based Chevrillon et Associés. Picard’s other shareholders are also selling up, again to the consortium, for £585 million.

EU: Commission ignored state aid in approving coal merger, says court

Premium - 01 April 2001

The Court of First Instance’s judgment of January 31, 2001 in Case T- 156/98 is of interest for two reasons.

Balancing IP rights and competition: The search for a coherent policy continues

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Melvin A Schwarz*of Dechert, Washington DC, analyses how the courts have attempted to apply two apparently incompatible principles, contrasting in particular the approaches adopted in the US and the EU

Orrick recruits US antitrust specialist

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in Washington, DC has expanded its antitrust practice and litigation team, taking on former US Justice Department lawyer Thomas Horton.

'Conservative' set to replace Joel Klein

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President George W Bush has nominated Charles James as the next Assistant Attorney General of the Antitrust Division at the US Department of Justice, replacing Joel Klein. The nomination is expected to go before the Senate for approval within the next month.

Spanish generator at centre of tug-of-war

Premium - 01 April 2001

Spain’s Hidroeléctrica del Cantábrico is the focus of an increasingly fierce bidding war between two European power companies, RWE, Germany’s largest utility group, and Electricidade de Portugal (EdP).

Bos returns to Brussels

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Pierre Bos, former head of competition at Dutch firm Trenité Van Doorne, has joined the Brussels office of US firm Dorsey & Whitney.

Denmark: Simplified procedure under new merger control regime proves a success

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The new simplified procedure for merger control in Denmark has proved both workable and advantageous, and has been used more frequently than the ordinary procedure.

Australia: High Court affirms primacy of distribution system

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In Melway v Hicks, refusal to deal is held not to be a misuse of market power; a selective distribution scheme is not anti-competitive.