Work Area: Merger Control

South African enforcer seeks to block telecoms deal

South Africa’s largest mobile network operator cannot complete its acquisition of a major fibre telecommunications provider as it may deprive low-income consumers of price competition, the country’s antitrust enforcer has said.

09 August 2023

EU opens in-depth probe into Adobe/Figma

The European Commission has followed the UK’s antitrust enforcer in launching an in-depth investigation into Adobe’s $20 billion acquisition of web design platform Figma.

07 August 2023

France unconditionally clears airport catering JV after Phase II probe

France’s Competition Authority has unconditionally approved a joint venture for the provision of catering services at the country’s two largest airports after an in-depth investigation assuaged its Phase I concerns.

07 August 2023

ANZ/Suncorp eye court challenge after ACCC block

ANZ and Suncorp have hinted they will fight the Australian competition authority’s block of their planned €2.9 billion tie-up, after the watchdog today said their deal could harm competition for home loans nationally and certain local banking services.

04 August 2023

Adobe declines remedies to allay EU concerns over Figma deal

Adobe has declined to suggest remedies to placate the European Commission over its $20 billion acquisition of web design platform Figma, increasing the likelihood of an in-depth probe.

03 August 2023

Consumers cannot block JetBlue/Spirit, carriers say

A group of air passengers cannot ban the merger of JetBlue and Spirit Airlines because they cannot suffer antitrust injury from a deal that has not closed, the airlines have said in seeking dismissal of the case.

03 August 2023

Telefónica draws third fine for breaching merger commitments in Spain

Telefónica must pay a €5 million fine for failing to adhere to commitments from a 2015 merger review, Spain’s antitrust watchdog has said – marking the third time it has punished the company for non-compliance in less than a year.

01 August 2023

American/JetBlue alliance over, but wider prohibitions denied

A federal judge in Boston has officially struck down an alliance between American Airlines and JetBlue but rebuffed the government’s request for stricter monitoring.

01 August 2023

Microsoft submission prompts CMA to seek views on Activision deal

Microsoft’s assertion that “significant” new material undermines the UK competition watchdog’s block of its Activision Blizzard deal is currently under consideration.

31 July 2023

EU probes possible Vivendi/Lagardère gun-jumping breaches

Media conglomerate Vivendi has said it believes its acquisition of Lagardère complies with EU merger control rules after the European Commission opened an investigation into possible breaches of its standstill obligation and Phase II commitments.

26 July 2023

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