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A gas station hold-up: the Competition Bureau completes its review of Couche-Tard and Parkland transactions

by Dentons on

In its latest move in the closely-monitored retail gasoline sector, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) has entered into a pair of consent agreements with Alimentation Couche-Tard (Couche-Tard) and Parkland Fuel Corporation...more

THE LATEST: Federal Judge Blocks Merger of Nuclear Waste Disposal Companies Rejecting “Failing Firm” Defense

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On June 21, 2017, US District Judge Sue L. Robinson blocked EnergySolutions, Inc.’s proposed acquisition of Waste Control Specialists LLC (WCS), applying a strict standard for the “failing firm” defense to a merger challenge....more

EU & Competition Law Update – July 2017

by Bryan Cave on

On 14 June 2017, the EU Commission announced that it was opening an investigation into Sanrio, owner of the Hello Kitty brand. Sanrio have been accused by the Commission of an infringement of Article 101 TFEU, the prohibition...more

China to amend the merger control regime

by Dentons on

We thought you would be interested in learning about some recent developments in China's merger control rules. China launched its merger control regime in 2008 and based it on the European Union model. Those merger control...more

Possible Wider UK Powers to Block Foreign Acquisitions

by Bryan Cave on

Recent developments show the UK Government’s desire to expand their powers to block foreign takeovers. We explore the nature and scope of the proposed legislation and assess its likely consequences....more

Tips for Negotiating a Third-Party Subpoena in a Merger Investigation

Humana recently lost its effort to limit third-party discovery requests served by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in its ongoing Walgreens/Rite Aid investigation. Typically, negotiations over the scope of third-party...more

Reform of German Competition Law

by McDermott Will & Emery on

A number of amendments to the German competition law (Amendment) entered into force on 9 June 2017. The key changes are: ..Merger control: Introduction of a new “size of transaction”-threshold...more

Dow/DuPont: MOFCOM Grants First Conditional Clearance of 2017

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 2 May 2017, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) announced its conditional clearance of the proposed US$130 billion all-stock merger of equals between the Dow Chemical Company (Dow) and E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company...more

EU Competition Newsletter - May 2017

by Bryan Cave on

We have followed over the last years Europe grappling with the issue of most favoured nation clauses and hotel booking. Our last update regarded a joint monitoring project between the CMA and the European Commission, designed...more

Much ado about efficiencies - Recent developments in Canadian merger control

by Dentons on

Unique to Canada, the substantive merger control provisions of the Competition Act specifically permit the clearance of mergers that result in, or are likely to result in, a substantial lessening or prevention of competition,...more

Buy and Build Strategy Increases Antitrust Risk for Private Equity

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Private equity firms have sought a greater number of buy and build opportunities in recent years, amid high valuations and competition for primary deals. In our view such deals carry higher antitrust risks and warrant careful...more

Considering a Retail Merger?

by Bryan Cave on

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) has published new commentary to inform companies on how it assess retail mergers. The commentary should be read by any retailer considering merging with a competitor in the UK....more

Overview of the Proposed Reforms of the EU Merger Control Regime

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In the past couple of years, the European Commission has decided to review and evaluate the functioning of different aspects of the EU merger control regime regulated by EU Regulation No. 139/2004 of 20 January 2004 on the...more

THE LATEST: Entanglements and Concentrated Markets Require Divestiture in the Dairy Industry

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On July 6, 2016, Danone S.A. (Danone) agreed to acquire The WhiteWave Foods Company (WhiteWave) for $12.5 billion. WhiteWave is the leading manufacturer of fluid organic milk in the United States and one of the top...more

New Merger Control Thresholds in Germany

by K&L Gates LLP on

The German legislator just paved the way for the introduction of new merger control filing thresholds. Based on a recently adopted amending law to the German Act against Restraints of Competition, Germany’s merger control...more

FRB Lifts Threshold for Financial Stability Review

by Bryan Cave on

In its March 2017 approval of People United Financial, Inc.’s merger with Suffolk Bancorp (the “Peoples United Order”), the Federal Reserve Board eased the approval criteria for certain smaller bank merger transactions by...more

Ninth Amendment to German Act Against Restraints of Competition to Take Effect Soon

by Morgan Lewis on

Key changes triggered by the amendment relate to a company’s liability for cartel infringements, the introduction of a transaction value test into merger control, private enforcement through the implementation of the EU...more

Fifth Annual Report Reviews Global Antitrust Developments

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Shearman & Sterling’s 2017 Antitrust Annual Report reflects our lawyers’ experience and insights on key antitrust risks affecting our clients’ businesses. Please see full Report below for more information....more

THE LATEST: Further Efforts to Broaden the Scope and Impact for CFIUS Reviews of Foreign Acquisitions of US Businesses

by McDermott Will & Emery on

We reported earlier on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and its legal and practical authority to review M&A transactions for possible risks to US national security posed by foreign ownership of...more

Significant Competition Law Changes In Germany

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On March 9, 2017 the German Federal Parliament passed the ninth amendment to the Act against Restraints of Competition (ARC) (Gesetz gegen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen). The amendment is expected to come into force in Q2/2017...more

Rolls-Royce Proposed Acquisition of Spanish Rival Industria de Turbo Propulsores. The European Commission Invites Interested Third...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 4 March 2017, the European Commission (Commission) published a notice concerning the notification of the proposed acquisition of the Spanish aircraft company Industria de Turbo Propulsores SA (Spain, ITP), by Rolls-Royce...more

March Antitrust Bulletin

by McGuireWoods LLP on

FTC, DOJ Seek Comment on Proposed Changes to International Antitrust Guidelines - On Nov. 1, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a press release announcing that the FTC and the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s)...more

New Higher Thresholds Under the Hart-Scott Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976

Certain threshold limits under the Hart-Scott Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (HSR Act) will be increased. The changes will become effective on February 27, 2017. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is...more

THE LATEST: National Security Reviews of Foreign Ownership May Broaden

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS, commonly pronounced “syphius”) reviews M&A transactions that may pose a risk to national security through foreign control of a US business. (See our recent...more

OECD: Italy Should Approve its Proposed Competition Legislation ‘Swiftly’, Including the Reform of the National Merger Filing...

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 15 February 2017, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) published its economic survey of Italy. Among other things, the 156 page report recommends that Italy passes its proposed competition...more

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