Work Area: Merger Control

Belgium opens abuse probe into below-threshold merger

Belgium’s Competition Authority has launched an abuse of dominance investigation into Proximus’s €20.5 million acquisition of a rival, less than a week after the European Court of Justice blessed such probes.

23 March 2023

Merger control rules set aside for UBS/Credit Suisse tie-up

Switzerland’s government has used emergency powers to override the country’s merger control rules so as to allow Credit Suisse’s 11th hour sale to UBS, prompting criticism that competition laws have been ignored in the creation of a banking giant.

22 March 2023

CMA demands remedies in Broadcom/VMware to avoid Phase II probe

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has told Broadcom that it must offer remedies to avoid an in-depth probe of its €56.5 billion purchase of cloud software company VMware after finding the merged entity could foreclose hardware competitors.

22 March 2023

Microsoft beats back private merger challenge

A group of video game purchasers failed to provide any facts to support their allegations that Microsoft’s $68.7 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard violates US merger law, a California federal judge has ruled.

22 March 2023

Judge clears runway for JetBlue/Spirit decision by year’s end

The Department of Justice’s bid to block JetBlue’s $3.8 billion proposed acquisition of Spirit Airlines will go to trial on 16 October, a Massachusetts federal judge has decided.

22 March 2023

Orange acquisition wins conditional EU approval

The European Commission has cleared Orange’s €1.8 billion acquisition of Belgian rivals Voo and Brutélé subject to the buyer giving the country’s largest cable broadband provider access to two of its internet services networks for the next decade.

20 March 2023

Canadian enforcer proposes additional Competition Act amendments

Canada’s Competition Bureau has called for several dozen amendments to the country’s antitrust law, as it looks to beef up its enforcement powers following a string of recent court losses.

16 March 2023

ECJ sides with commission in airline slot dispute

The EU’s highest court has confirmed a General Court ruling that found the European Commission was right to grant Delta Air Lines grandfathering rights over certain take-off and landing slots at London Heathrow Airport.

16 March 2023

ECJ confirms below-threshold mergers can be abusive

National competition authorities can open abuse of dominance investigations into below-threshold mergers after they have closed, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

16 March 2023

Opening of Indian legal market expected to have limited impact on antitrust bar

The Bar Council of India’s momentous decision allowing foreign firms to enter the market will have a limited impact on antitrust practices as existing restrictions stopping overseas lawyers from appearing before the Competition Commission of India will still apply, practitioners say.

16 March 2023

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