Work Area: Merger Control

UK provisionally clears Arçelik/Whirlpool at Phase II

Whirlpool’s strong position in the domestic appliances market is likely to substantially deteriorate absent its proposed joint venture with Arçelik, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has found.

08 February 2024

Spain opens first-ever probe into suspected “misleading” deal notification

Arms manufacturer Rheinmetall may have provided “incomplete and misleading” information when notifying its €1.2 billion acquisition of ammunition manufacturer Expal, Spain’s antitrust authority has said.

06 February 2024

Ireland pulls merger notification over subpar compliance to RFI

Ireland’s competition authority has rendered the merger notification of Lloyds Pharmacy’s proposed acquisition of an online rival invalid after the companies failed to comply with an information request during its Phase I probe.

06 February 2024

Microsoft counsel: FTC, EU, UK divergence hampered remedy process

Divergence between antitrust enforcers across the Atlantic scuttled hopes of a beneficial resolution to their concerns with Microsoft/Activision Blizzard and forced “piecemeal remedies”, corporate counsel to Microsoft has said.

02 February 2024

Merger control not “relevant factor” for start-up investment, Cardell says

The UK’s rigorous approach to merger control does not harm start-up businesses, the chief executive of the Competition and Markets Authority has said.

02 February 2024

Bulgarian enforcer slams political interference in telecoms merger

Bulgaria’s antitrust watchdog has accused a government official of attempting to interfere with its independence after the politician raised concerns about a deal involving the country’s largest telecommunications company.

02 February 2024

ACCC uses new data to drum up support for “critical” merger reform

Australia’s antitrust watchdog has claimed that only 22% of all transactions are notified under the current merger regime, while half of all deals are completed by the largest 1% of businesses.

02 February 2024

Kades: new merger guidelines could have adopted stricter presumptions

The structural presumptions for anticompetitive harm endorsed by US enforcers in the 2023 Merger Guidelines are “arguably conservative,” a top Department of Justice antitrust official has said.

02 February 2024

Scott Morton advocates for “negative inference” when evidence is missing

Antitrust enforcers should seek a presumption that there is “some kind of anticompetitive conduct” if companies mysteriously lack key documents that explain the incentives behind their merger, Fiona Scott Morton has said.

01 February 2024

Guersent stresses "gradual” shift in EU approach to tech mergers

Olivier Guersent has rebuffed the suggestion that the European Commission has suddenly shifted its digital merger approach following recent interventions against several high-profile tech deals.

31 January 2024

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