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Your Weekly Digest | Issue 53

Valur Thrainsson
2 min read

Good morning,

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


Bayer CFO sees lower Monsanto synergies after divestments: Boersen-Zeitung

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Bayer’s potential synergies from buying U.S. rival Monsanto will be lower than $1.5 billion because of anti-trust divestments, the German company’s Chief Financial Officer told Germany’s Boersen-Zeitung.Read More.


Sainsbury's-Asda may 'have to sell at least 73 shops'

At least 73 supermarkets will have to be sold in order for Sainsbury's proposed merger with Asda to be given the go-ahead, according to new research.Read More.


South Korea regulators step up pressure on Samsung over complex ownership structure

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean regulators turned up the heat on Samsung Group [SAGR.UL] over its complex ownership structure, with the country’s antitrust chief saying on Thursday the arrangement for control at the nation’s top conglomerate was “not sustainable”.Read More.


CMA considers regulation for heat networks

The CMA has published the initial findings in its heat networks market study, proposing greater protection for customers.Read More.


Judicial review and Article 102 TFEU: undue deference to the Commission? Not so fast

One of the most popular mantras in the EU competition law community is the idea that the Commission ‘always wins’ Article 102 TFEU cases, and that it is all but impossible to see an abuse decision annulled before the EU courts.Read More.

Truth on the Market

The Case for Doing Nothing About Common Ownership of Small Stakes in Competing Firms

Thom Lambert
One of the hottest antitrust topics of late has been institutional investors’ “common ownership” of minority stakes in competing firms. Read More.

Journal of European Competition Law & Practice

Pierre Fabre, Coty and Restrictions on Internet Sales: An Economist’s Perspective

Ralph A Winter
In its decision of 6 December 2017 in Coty, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) relaxed the law against restraints placed by manufacturers on retailers’ decisions to distribute goods over the internet. Read More.

Concurrences Review N° 1-2018

The Decline and Fall of the Leniency Programme in Europe

Johan Ysewyn and Siobhan Kahmann
The authors explore the reasons behind the reduction in immunity applications for cartels in Europe. Read More.

U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 18-8

Anticompetitive Mergers in Labor Markets

Ioana Elena Marinescu and Herbert Hovenkamp
This paper examines a number of issues that are relevant to merger challenges in employment markets, focusing on the traditional rationale for challenging horizontal mergers – namely, that increased market concentration in labor markets threatens to facilitate coordinated interaction among employers that could lead to lower output and wage suppression in employment markets. Read More.

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