Work Area: Merger Control

EU sends SO to Adobe/Figma

Adobe is ready to progress remedy discussions with the European Commission after the agency warned its acquisition of Figma risks harming competition unless a fix is offered.

20 November 2023

Australia considers US-style merger notification regime

The Australian government is consulting on whether to implement a mandatory, suspensory merger regime that would force the national competition authority to go before local courts to block or remedy deals.

20 November 2023

FTC seeks to halt California hospital merger

The Federal Trade Commission has sued to block John Muir Health’s $142.5 million acquisition of a rival hospital in the San Francisco Bay area.

20 November 2023

Three-to-two Norwegian airline deal hits turbulence

Norwegian Air believes it will secure approval for its acquisition of rival airline Widerøe despite the country's competition authority rejecting a remedy package and issuing a statement of objections against the tie-up.

17 November 2023

Fuel retailer offers divestitures to Chevron to quell ACCC concerns

Viva Energy has offered to divest an additional two fuel and convenience locations to Chevron to address concerns that its €687.1 million acquisition of OTR Group harms competition for the supply of retail fuel in South Australia.

16 November 2023

Microsoft/OpenAI avoids German merger review

Microsoft’s multibillion-dollar investment in OpenAI does not constitute a notifiable merger even though it gave the tech giant “material competitive influence” over the creator of ChatGPT, Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said.

15 November 2023

Korean agency touts merger guideline amendments

Korea’s Fair Trade Commission has proposed updating its merger guidelines to clarify how it will assess deals in the digital economy.

14 November 2023

Chinese company divests UK chipmaker despite legal challenge

The Dutch subsidiary of Shanghai-listed Wingtech Technologies has sold its majority stake in the UK’s largest semiconductor manufacturer to a US company despite an ongoing challenge against the national security divestiture order.

10 November 2023

FTC’s Microsoft/Activision narrative failed to capture “monopoly lifecycle”, recent official says

The Federal Trade Commission should have put forth a different narrative in its unsuccessful bid for a preliminary injunction against Microsoft/Activision Blizzard, a recently departed official has said.

09 November 2023

Norway opens in-depth probe into banking tie-up

Nordea's proposed acquisition of Danske Bank’s personal and private banking businesses requires closer scrutiny because it risks harming competition for mortgage services, the Norwegian Competition Authority has said.

08 November 2023

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