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Inside M&A - August 2016

Recent Enforcement Trends in Divestiture Packages - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division have been actively challenging mergers and acquisitions (M&A) across a...more

European Commission Asserts Broad Power to Scrutinize Transactions Involving Chinese State-Owned Enterprises

EC decision considering the control over SOEs may have far-reaching implications for future transactions of all Chinese SOEs in Europe. In its recent decision in Case COMP/M.7850 - EDF / CGN / NNB Group of Companies, the...more

EU: Merger case cleared following offer of FRAND technology license

On 20 April 2016, the European Commission (Commission) cleared, under its merger control rules, the acquisition of Equens and PaySquare by Worldline subject to, amongst others, a commitment to license technology to any...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – January 2016

On 16 December 2015, the UK Supreme Court handed down a judgment on the definition of a merger for the purposes of UK merger control law. This issue is crucial for determining when the regulator may intervene under UK law and...more

Alert: Scope of EU Merger Control Reforms in Doubt

Recent comments by the European Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, indicate that European Commission staff still have some persuading to do over their proposal to extend the scope of European merger control to...more

The European Commission’s Enforcement Priorities and the Debate on the Reform of the EU Merger Control Regulation

EU merger control celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. On 13 March 2015, the EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager gave a speech on merger reform and market definition noting that, although there is no room...more

Focus on Private Equity - October 2014

Proposed EU Merger Review of Non-Controlling Minority Shareholding Acquisitions: Challenges and Opportunities for Private Equity - At present, the EU Merger Regulation [Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004] (the Merger...more

European Commission Simplifies Procedures Under the EU Merger Regulation

On 5 December 2013, the European Commission adopted its “Merger Simplification Package” with the stated objective of cutting red tape and reducing costs for businesses in EU merger filings. The package broadens the scope of...more

European Commission Simplifies Aspects of EU Merger Control

The European Commission (Commission) has issued a package of measures (the Reform Package), the rationale for which is to simplify and streamline EU merger control. The Reform Package does this by extending “simplified”...more

"European Commission Proposes Significant Changes to the EU Merger Regulation"

On June 20, 2013, the European Commission (Commission) launched a public consultation on a number of significant proposed changes to the EU Merger Regulation (EUMR). The proposed amendments relate to (i) the possible review...more

REGULATORY: EU Competition Law: Competition Law and the Energy Sector – EU, UK, and Beyond; Looking Ahead to 2013

Since it is early in 2013 (according to the Gregorian calendar), this competition law update considers possible competition law developments in the year ahead. Rather than a “Janus” approach of rounding up last year, it...more

€ 20M Euro fine for failing to notify JV shareholding change to EU merger authority

The General Court of the European Union (the "General Court") has upheld the substantial €20 million fine imposed by the European Commission (the "Commission") on Belgium's largest electricity supplier, Electrabel, for its...more

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