Work Area: Merger Control

Dutch enforcer tests remedies in high-profile media tie-up

Broadcasters RTL and Talpa Network have offered remedies to the Dutch antitrust authority after it warned their planned merger could increase prices and reduce quality and innovation.

12 January 2023

Kathleen Foote: the exit interview

Kathleen Foote recently stepped down after two decades as California’s top antitrust enforcer. In a conversation with GCR USA, she discussed highlights of her 35-plus years of service for the Golden State – in which she helped cement the independence of state attorneys general and develop the Cartwright Act – and busted some misconceptions about state enforcement.

12 January 2023

France opens in-depth probe into airport catering joint venture

France’s Competition Authority has opened a Phase II investigation into a joint venture for the provision of catering services at the country’s two largest airports, warning that the suspected monopoly could cause higher prices and reduce quality.

10 January 2023

Infrastructure company abandons merger after Swedish authority hints at deal block

Construction services provider Vestum has dropped its proposed purchase of a moisture protection material supplier after Sweden’s competition enforcer indicated it would likely block the tie-up, but will proceed with a below-threshold acquisition of another company included in the same deal.

10 January 2023

Chile seeks €6.2 million penalty for merger probe infraction

Chile’s antitrust watchdog has asked its decision-making body to fine a supermarket operator for failing to disclose documents about potential new store openings as the agency reviewed its merger with a rival.

10 January 2023

CMA opens Phase II probe into poultry feed JV

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has launched an in-depth review into a proposed joint venture between two poultry feed producers after their proposed remedies failed to dampen its fears that farmers would end up paying more.

09 January 2023

German newspaper distributors abandon merger amid antitrust scrutiny

A pair of newspaper groups have ended their battle to purchase a rival after Germany’s antitrust watchdog raised concerns that one of the proposed deals would further strengthen an already-prominent regional paper.

06 January 2023

FTC blinded by scepticism of Big Tech deals, Microsoft/Activision allege

The Federal Trade Commission has betrayed the underpinnings of antitrust law by pursuing an injunction against Microsoft’s $68.7 billion acquisition of video game developer Activision Blizzard, the merging companies have argued.

04 January 2023

Meta/Within survey critiques are a “smokescreen”, FTC says

Meta Platforms and Within Unlimited are attempting to overshadow the Federal Trade Commission’s well-supported evidence by attacking a survey from its hired economic expert, the agency has said.

04 January 2023

Top California enforcer retires

Kathleen Foote has stepped down as California’s antitrust chief after 35 years of helping cement the Golden State as a major enforcer, both alongside and independent of the federal government.

04 January 2023

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