Work Area: Merger Control

CMA accepts Phase II divestment in three-to-two foam deal

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has accepted a divestiture proposal from Carpenter and Recticel to sell the majority of the latter’s engineered foam businesses in the UK after the companies became the first to ever concede their deal harmed competition during a Phase II probe.

16 November 2022

France clears cash registry merger with behavioural remedies

France’s Competition Authority has cleared a merger between two cash registry companies in Phase I after accepting behavioural remedies aimed at eradicating conglomerate concerns from the transaction.

15 November 2022

Germany prohibits Chinese buyout

The German government has blocked the takeover of a domestic semiconductor production facility by the Swedish subsidiary of a Chinese chipmaker because the deal raised security concerns.

15 November 2022

CMA seeks competition fix for Korean Air/Asiana

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has told Korean Air and Asiana Airlines that they have five days to remedy its competition concerns or face an in-depth review into their proposed €1.31 billion merger.

15 November 2022

Colombian aviation regulator grounds Avianca/Viva deal

Colombia’s national aviation authority has blocked a merger between the country’s largest airline and low-cost carrier Viva Air after the pair could not back up their failing firm defence and refused to offer remedies.

11 November 2022

A Q&A with Robin Feldman

Last month, four academics published a joint paper criticising the increasing levels of concentration in the pharmaceutical sector and raising concerns about how widespread industry practices like common ownership could impede proper merger reviews. GCR USA spoke with UC Hastings College of Law professor Robin Feldman, one of the study’s authors, about the implications of those findings.

11 November 2022

EU can mitigate evidentiary issues from new foreign subsidy rules, official says

The head of the European Commission’s foreign subsidies taskforce has pushed back against claims the agency will have problems collecting information from non-EU countries to enforce the incoming regulation.

10 November 2022

EU official rejects heightened reviews for digital mergers

The European Commission sees “no reason” to impose a different standard of merger control on the technology sector, the agency’s director of competition policy and strategy has said.

10 November 2022

Progressive groups rebuke USDA and US Sugar ruling

Several antitrust advocacy groups have called on the US Department of Agriculture to commit to carrying out the Biden Administration’s competition policy after one of its economists testified in favour of US Sugar’s acquisition of Imperial Sugar.

10 November 2022

South Africa thwarts AkzoNobel deal

South Africa’s Competition Commission has blocked a merger between the country’s two biggest paint manufacturers after they failed to sufficiently address its horizontal and vertical concerns.

09 November 2022

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