EU: Commission approves acquisition of Hamburg Süd by Maersk Line

EU: Commission approves acquisition of Hamburg Süd by Maersk Line

The European Commission has cleared proposed acquisition of container liner shipping company Hamburg Südamerikanische Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft KG (HSDG) of Germany by Maersk Line A/S of Denmark, subject to conditions. Both Maersk Line and HSDG are active worldwide in container liner shipping. The clearance is conditional upon the withdrawal of HSDG from five consortia on trade routes […]

US: House Committee votes to narrow FTC merger enforcement

US: House Committee votes to narrow FTC merger enforcement

On the 5th of April, the House Judiciary Committee approved legislation that would curtail the Federal Trade Commission’s ability to challenge mergers. The legislation would provide greater certainty to the merger review process by harmonizing conflicting approaches at the FTC and the Department of Justice. Critics argue that it would unnecessarily weaken the FTC by […]

EU: Portugal rejects recommendation to open up fibre network

EU: Portugal rejects recommendation to open up fibre network

On Friday, ANACOM Portugal’s telecoms regulator, reported it had rejected the European Commission’s recommendation that it open up part of Altice’s national fibre optic network to rivals. Last year ANACOM had indicated that it would not comply with the recommendation, prompting Brussels to conduct an inquiry and to warn that the European Commission could pursue […]

New Zealand: Sky, Vodafone appeal merger block

New Zealand: Sky, Vodafone appeal merger block

Sky Network Television and Vodafone New Zealand filed an appeal against a Commerce Commission decision to block their proposed $936 million (USD 658m) merger. In a statement issued on the New Zealand stock exchange, the companies said they had filed appeals within the statutory time period “in order to preserve their rights”, while they wait […]

EU: AT&T’s Bid for $85bn Time Warner gets thumbs up

EU: AT&T’s Bid for $85bn Time Warner gets thumbs up

AT&T has won approval from the European Commission for its planned $85.4bn acquisition of Time Warner, the No. 2 US wireless carrier said on Wednesday. The merger was widely expected to be cleared in Europe but still requires approval from the US Department of Justice. The deal is expected to close by the end of […]

UK: BT agrees to separate broadband over competition fears

UK: BT agrees to separate broadband over competition fears

British telecoms giant BT Group has agreed to legally separate its broadband unit Openreach to remedy concerns over competition in the sector, the company announced Friday. Created by BT in 2005, Openreach maintains tens of millions of copper and fibre lines connecting telephone exchanges to homes and businesses across the UK. However rivals, including Sky […]

Podcast: Interview with Alexander Elbittar on IFT’s decision to force Slim’s America Movil to separate

Podcast: Interview with Alexander Elbittar on IFT’s decision to force Slim’s America Movil to separate

Interview with Alexander Elbittar PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS, DIRECTOR OF THE INTERDISCIPLINARY PROJECT ON COMPETITION AND REGULATION (PIRCE), CIDE (CENTER FOR RESEARCH AND TEACHING OF ECONOMICS) Alexander Elbittar talks about the impact of Mexico’s telecoms regulator discussing forcing billionaire Carlos Slim to legally separate part of his fixed-line company Telmex from the rest of his company. […]

UK: 21st Century Fox rejects Sky takeover bid concerns

UK: 21st Century Fox rejects Sky takeover bid concerns

21st Century Fox has defended its $12bn takeover bid for broadcaster Sky after Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said she was “minded” to intervene in the deal. In a letter, the firm rejected the minister’s concerns about media plurality and broadcasting standards. It also said she had based her view on “seriously flawed” evidence. But it […]

US: Amazon, Expedia, GitHub back lawsuit against Trump immigration bans

US: Amazon, Expedia, GitHub back lawsuit against Trump immigration bans

On Monday Amazon and Expedia filed declarations of support for Washington state’s lawsuit against Trump’s executive order. This executive order things temporarily bans immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. There is also a tech industry meeting set for Tuesday to explore filing an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit against the bans. Amazon CEO Jeff […]

The Federal Trade Commission’s inner privacy struggle

Posted by Social Science Research Network The Federal Trade Commission’s inner privacy struggle By Chris Jay Hoofnagle (University of California) Abstract:      The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is not of a single mind on privacy matters. Its privacy efforts are led by attorneys in the agency’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, who are entrusted with […]

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