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EU MERGER CONTROL AND REMEDIES : THE PRICE OF GETTING THE DEAL CLEARED
While the transactions which are prohibited by the European Commission (Commission) on antitrust grounds such as GE Honeywell 1 grab the newspaper headlines, those transactions where the parties haveExpand
The Irish Competition Authority settles an alleged price-fixing dispute in the health sector relating to medical examination reports to life insurance companies (Irish Medical Organisation - IMO)
Introduction On 28 May 2007, the Irish Competition Authority announced that it had concluded a settlement agreement with the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) on 25 May 2007. The settlement…
The EU Commission imposes interim measures for the first time in 18 years making the company cease and desist until end of investigation (Broadcom)
For the first time in 18 years, the European Commission (“Commission”) has imposed interim measures on a company, ordering it to cease and desist certain practices pending the outcome of its…
The German Parliament adopts a reform of the national competition act and introduces an additional merger control threshold based on the value of the transaction
On 31 March 2017, the German Parliament adopted a reform of the country's competition act (ARC). Among other amendments, it introduces an additional merger control threshold based on the value of…
The Irish Competition Authority revises its guidance on merger notification criteria
Introduction On 12 December 2006, the Irish Competition Authority issued revised guidance on merger notification criteria. The new notice modifies the Competition Authority's 2003 guidance note…
The EU Court of Justice clarifies for the first time when patent settlement agreements that restrict a generic pharmaceutical company's ability to enter the market infringe the EU antitrust rules
In a major judgment handed down on 30 January 2020 in Generics (UK) and Others, the EU Court of Justice (the Court) – the EU's highest court – clarified for the first time the analytical framework…
The UK Government proposes screening powers for certain deals on national security grounds
This week, the UK Government announced new draft powers under the National Security and Investment Bill (the ‘Bill') to screen certain deals on national security grounds. The proposals apply to…
The UK Competition Authority proposes updates to the merger control guidance and procedure
In preparation for the end of the Brexit transition period, the CMA has recently released two consultations inviting comments on proposed updates to its merger control guidance and procedures. On…
The Irish Competition Authority blocks merger in building materials sector (Kingspan / Xtratherm)
Irish Competition Authority (An tUdaras Iomaiochta), 25 October 2006, Determination of Merger Notification M/06/039 - Kingspan/Xtratherm , Section 21 of the Competition Act 2002, Proposed…
The EU Commission launches consultations on ex-ante competition enforcement in platform-based and other industries
Recently, the European Commission (“EC”) launched two major public consultations for new legislative tools intended to step up antitrust enforcement in digital and other markets. One consultation…
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