Italy: Regulator welcomes 4th telecom to the country

Italy: Regulator welcomes 4th telecom to the country

The Italian Competition and Markets Authority announced in a press release on July 17, that French telecomms service provider, Iliad, is clear to begin operations in Italy through a local subsidiary that bought assets divested by Wind TreS.p.A. The new competitor will be the fourth provider in the market and will fill the void left […]

US: DOJ green lights $12.5B Danone deal with divestitures

US: DOJ green lights $12.5B Danone deal with divestitures

French food group Danone has won US antitrust approval to buy US organic food producer WhiteWave Foods, the Justice Department said on Monday. To win approval for the $10.4 billion deal, Danone agreed to sell its leading US organic yoghurt business Stonyfield Farms, the department said. In July, the French company announced plans to buy […]

US: Walgreens-Rite Aid clock runs down with no extension

US: Walgreens-Rite Aid clock runs down with no extension

Walgreens Boots Alliance Chief Executive Officer Stefano Pessina says he still believes in his company’s purchase of Rite Aid, but declined to say whether the companies will extend the deal just three days from their agreed deadline to complete the merger. The acquisition hasn’t yet received antitrust approval from the Federal Trade Commission, and Walgreens […]

UK: Competition watchdog gives tentative approval to Mastercard VocaLink deal

UK: Competition watchdog gives tentative approval to Mastercard VocaLink deal

Mastercard’s proposed acquisition of UK payments technology firm VocaLink took another step closer to approval today when UK regulator the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) signaled its satisfaction with the duo’s proposal to allow open access to UK ATM network infrastructure and assets. Earlier this year, the CMA raised concerns over access to the UK […]

Uber and the Rule of Law: Should Spontaneous Liberalization Be Applauded or Criticized?

Damien Geradin, March 20, 2016 While Uber is able to operate legally in a growing number of countries and cities, regulatory approval has proved to be elusive in other jurisdictions. Yet, in a number of regions or cities Uber decided to launch its services despite the absence of regulatory approval. The fact that Uber has […]

MOFCOM Simple Cases: The First Six Months

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Marc Waha, Feb 12, 2015 After the advent of the merger control regime under the Antimonopoly Law in 2008, “MOFCOM merger approvals” quickly became synonymous with transaction delays, costly fees, and significant administrative burden. Even in transactions that did not present competition issues, […]