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A look back on a decision imposing a fine on Facebook for having provided the European Commission with inaccurate information on its acquisition of WhatsApp - On May 18, 2017, the European Commission imposed a €110 million...more

Only 'full-function' joint ventures subject to EU merger control: C-248/16 Austria Asphalt v Bundeskartellanwalt

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On 7 September 2017 the EU Court of Justice ruled that the creation of a joint venture is subject to merger control only where the target company is 'full-function' - i.e. an autonomous economic entity. The Court clarified...more

EU Court Decides EU Merger Control Can Only Catch Joint Control Transactions If the Resulting Entity Is ‘Full-Function’

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 7, 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decided that, where joint control is acquired over a new or existing undertaking (or parts of an undertaking), that transaction can only fall within the scope of the...more

European M&A Market Insights, Summer 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Germany Strengthens Foreign Investment Control: New Rules to Thoroughly Screen Investments in Enlarged Number of Key Industries - Germany ends its longtime liberal approach to foreign investments by increasing its...more

THE LATEST: European Court of Justice Clarifies Application of European Union Merger Control Rules to Joint Ventures

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 7 September 2017, the European Court of Justice issued a decision (Decision) on the interpretation of the European Union Merger Regulation (EUMR). The Decision clarifies the conditions under which the EUMR applies to the...more

New rules on merger control in Italy

by DLA Piper on

The annual competition act for 2017 (Law n. 124 of 4 August 2017, published in the Official Journal on 14 August 2017; hereinafter “2017 Competition Act”) has amended – with effect from 29 August 2017 – the requirements that...more

New turnover thresholds for the prior notification of mergers (Italian)

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A partire dal 29 agosto 2017, si applicheranno nuove soglie di fatturato per la notifica preventiva delle operazioni di concentrazione all’Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (“AGCM”). Le nuove soglie sono...more

New turnover thresholds for the prior notification of mergers in Italy

by Dentons on

As of August 29, 2017, new turnover thresholds will apply for the prior notification of mergers to the Italian Competition Authority (ICA). The new thresholds have been set by Law n. 124/2017 of August 4, 2017 (Annual...more

By Antitrust Standards, When Is a Firm Really Failing?

The “failing firm” defense as a justification for permitting a merger that may otherwise lessen competition gets considerable play in healthcare transactions. Perilous hospital economics—often brought on by low Medicare and...more

New Guidelines on Small Market Mergers sees CMA Set to Clear Larger Number of Transactions

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The CMA published on 16th June its final version of its Merger De Minimis Guidelines following earlier consultation with stakeholders. The Guidelines set out the criteria which the CMA will have regard to when exercising its...more

Update: Italian Parliament approves the new National Merger Filing Thresholds

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 2 August 2017, the Italian Parliament has adopted the Italian Competition Law, following a complex and long legislative procedure. As already reported, an intense debate surrounded the discussion and the approval of the...more

Italy Aims to Change Merger Notification Thresholds

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

After 894 days of discussion, the Italian Parliament has approved, on 2 August 2017, what should be the “annual” competition act — a series of measures that should be adopted on a yearly basis to promote competition. Among...more

ACCC and CrownBet Roll the Dice - Apply for Judicial Review of Tabcorp/Tatts Merger Authorisation

by K&L Gates LLP on

In Brief: On 10 July 2017, the ACCC applied to the Federal Court for judicial review of the Australian Competition Tribunal (Tribunal)'s determination to grant authorisation to Tabcorp Holdings Limited's proposed...more

QVC/HSN :: A Deal You Probably Weren’t Thinking About

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On July 6, 2017, QVC announced its intent to acquire the remaining 62 percent of Home Shopping Network it doesn’t already own. More so than DraftKings or Walgreens, this transaction will demonstrate whether Trump’s election...more

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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