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European Merger Control Regulation

EU Court annuls a 2014 European Commission merger clearance for insufficient reasoning

by White & Case LLP on

The EU General Court ("GC" or "Court") annulled a 2014 decision of the European Commission ("Commission") clearing the Liberty Global/Ziggo transaction for lack of appropriate reasoning. The GC found that the Commission...more

CJEU clarifies the treatment of non-full-function joint ventures under EU merger control law (Austria Asphalt)

by White & Case LLP on

On 7 September 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU" or "Court") delivered its judgment following the Austrian Supreme Court's (Oberster Gerichtshof) request for a preliminary ruling, seeking clarification...more

New Merger Thresholds for Italian Transactions

by Jones Day on

The Background: On August 2, 2017, the Italian Parliament approved the Law on Market and Competition, which provided a new set of pre-merger filing thresholds. After publication of the law in the Official Gazette on August...more

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

by DLA Piper on

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

ECJ judgment in Austria Asphalt smooths over a crack in EU merger control

by Dentons on

The creation of a joint venture from a company which was previously solely controlled by one parent is only subject to EU merger control where it is a "full function" joint venture. So ruled the European Court of Justice...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

Chinese buyers act quickly – Parallel UK & EU foreign takeover control systems proposed

by Bryan Cave on

On the 14th August 2017, it was widely reported in the UK press how Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President, is preparing to unveil EU foreign takeover controls at a keynote speech in September. Such a system...more

Antitrust M&A Snapshot - July 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

McDermott’s Antitrust M&A Snapshot is a resource for in-house counsel and others who deal with antitrust M&A issues but are not faced with these issues on a daily basis. In each quarterly issue, we will provide concise...more

McDermott International Legal Highlights - April 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

DOJ Policy Updates Signal Continuity of Antitrust Program - The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division has revised its “Frequently Asked Questions About the Antitrust Division’s Leniency Program and Model...more

EU Competition Newsletter - April 2017

by Bryan Cave on

The Brexit referendum result in June last year created many uncertainties for the British economy and continues to do so. In this Breakfast Seminar, Robert Bell will focus his remarks on what he sees will be the likely...more

Economists Must Respect Due Process Too! EU General Court annuls Commission decision blocking UPS/TNT merger

by White & Case LLP on

The judgment reinforces due process and transparency in EU merger control proceedings. The Court made clear that due process standards will be strictly enforced in merger cases, despite the relatively tight deadlines. The...more

EU Antitrust Continuity Potentially Threatened by Brexit

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Our second antitrust outlook-focused post reflects on how we expect 2017 to continue to shape up as a year in which competition policy and enforcement will face increased uncertainty and complexity, specifically with respect...more

EU Merger Control Procedural & Jurisdictional Aspects: Reply To The European Commission Consultation

by Hogan Lovells on

We welcome the opportunity to provide comments to the European Commission in its evaluation of procedural and jurisdictional aspects of EU merger control. A NEW JURISDICTIONAL THRESHOLD - We respond here to section...more

Overview of the Proposed Reforms of the EU Merger Control Regime

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In October 2016, the European Commission launched a public consultation to continue the process of identifying possible areas of the EU Merger Regulation suitable for refinement, improvement and simplification....more

International News: Focus on International Dispute Resolution

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Overview of the Proposed Reforms of the EU Merger Control Regime - In October 2016, the European Commission launched a public consultation to continue the process of identifying possible areas of the EU Merger Regulation...more

Minority shareholdings: New competition law issues?

by Dentons on

New competition law issues with respect to minority shareholdings? A topic that recently became prominent in the competition law community and beyond is whether so-called “common ownership” may have a negative effect on...more

Inside M&A - August 2016

by McDermott Will & Emery on

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

Antitrust Matters - July 2016

by DLA Piper on

Welcome to the July issue of DLA Piper's quarterly Antitrust Matters newsletter, which brings you antitrust and competition news from all around the world. While we reflect on the UK's decision to leave the European...more

New Size-of-Transaction Test in German Merger Control

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Proposed legislative amendment to include changes to merger control thresholds, dominance test, parental liability, and to implement EU private damage directive. This Client Alert focuses on amendments to merger control,...more

A Brexit Antitrust Primer

The decision by the United Kingdom (UK) to leave the European Union (EU) will have far-reaching consequences for companies doing business in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. Specific details of the UK's withdrawal agreement...more

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

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

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

by McDermott Will & Emery on

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

Update: Peculiarities of the Merger Filing Requirements in Germany and Austria

by McDermott Will & Emery on

As many dealmakers doing business in Europe have realized, German and Austrian merger filing requirements are sometimes a bit tricky, and in some respects different from the rules in place at EU level and in other EU member...more

Buying a liquidated company’s assets? – Be wary of UK Merger Control

by Bryan Cave on

On the 16 December 2015, the Supreme Court overturned a decision of the Court of Appeal and held that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) had the power to subject the acquisition of the former SeaFrance Dover-Calais...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – January 2016

by McGuireWoods LLP on

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

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