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Your Weekly Digest | Issue 34

Valur Thrainsson
2 min read

Good morning,

We hope you are enjoying CompetitionFeed.

Here below you find the most read articles over the last week.


EU regulators to warn Bayer about Monsanto bid

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators are set to warn Bayer its planned purchase of U.S. seed maker Monsanto may hurt competition, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday, a move that would force Bayer to offer concessions to address the concerns. Read More.

Sky News

Ex-Tory MP Tyrie in frame to be new CMA chair

Andrew Tyrie, the former Conservative MP and chairman of the Treasury Select Committee, is being lined up to head Britain's main competition regulator. Read More.


Italy fines Unilever for ice cream rebates

Unilever’s Italian subsidiary must pay €60.6 million for operating a broad illegal exclusionary strategy that included loyalty rebates, in the Italian antitrust agency’s first decision on this issue since... Read More.

European Commission

International Skating Union's restrictive penalties on athletes breach EU competition rules

The European Commission has decided that International Skating Union (ISU) rules imposing severe penalties on athletes participating in speed skating competitions that are not authorised by the ISU are in breach of EU antitrust law. Read More.


Bundeskartellamt clears merger between Airbus and Bombardier

The Bundeskartellamt has cleared the acquisition of C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership, Canada ("CSALP"), a subsidiary of Bombardier Inc. Montreal, Canada, by Airbus SE, Leiden, Netherlands. Read More.

Disruptive Competition Project

Qualcomm’s Anti-Competitive Conduct Could Be Exacerbated By Mergers

Qualcomm’s been busy over the past few months. Defending against accusations of anti-competitive conduct from competition authorities. Read More.


C‑230/16, Coty Germany GmbH: common sense prevails (by Pablo)

The judgment follows faithfully AG Wahl’s Opinion, which came out in July (and which we discussed on the blog). It seems to be also in line with the position consistently expressed by the Commission since the Guidelines on vertical restraints. Read More.

Journal of European Competition Law & Practice

The Transactionalization of EU Competition Law: A Positive Development?

Damien Geradin Evi Mattioli
Over the last few years, a growing number of competition law investigations launched by the Commission ended with the adoption of a commitments or, in the case of cartels, settlement decision.As these procedures generate few appeals, there is also a danger that they may undermine the evolution of the case law. Read More.

Working Paper

Overlapping Ownership, R&D Spillovers, and Antitrust Policy

Ángel L. López and Xavier Vives
This paper considers cost-reducing R&D investment with spillovers in a Cournot oligopoly with overlapping ownership. We show that overlapping ownership leads to internalization of rivals’ profits by firms and find that, for demand not too convex, increases in overlapping ownership increase (decrease) R&D and output for high (low) enough spillovers while it increases R&D but decreases output for intermediate levels of spillovers. Read More.

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