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Your Weekly Digest | Issue 55

Valur Thrainsson
2 min read

Good morning,

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


EU antitrust official sees more scrutiny for Facebook

ROME (Reuters) - Facebook and other tech giants may attract more regulatory scrutiny in future because of their market power, a senior EU antitrust official said on Tuesday. Read More.

The New York Times

E.U. Settles With Russia’s Gazprom Over Antitrust Charges Image

The European Commission said on Thursday that it had reached a settlement with Gazprom, finally concluding a long-running antitrust investigation into the Russian energy giant’s dominance in regional gas markets. Read More.


Bayer cuts Monsanto synergy target by $300 million due to divestments

BONN (Reuters) - Bayer (BAYGn.DE) said positive synergy effects from the planned takeover of U.S. seeds maker Monsanto (MON.N) would be about $300 million below its previous target because it will sell more businesses than initially expected to get antitrust approval. Read More.

European Commission

Statement by Commissioner Vestager on Commission decision imposing binding obligations on Gazprom to enable free flow of gas at competitive prices

Today, the Commission has adopted a decision imposing on Gazprom a set of obligations. These obligations will significantly change the way Gazprom operates in Central and Eastern European gas markets. To the benefit of millions of European consumers who rely on gas to heat their homes and cook their food. Read More.


Nothing ventured, nothing gained - 10 questions to ask your lawyer when embarking on a joint venture

Joint ventures have a lot of appeal and for good reason. When businesses join forces they can pool goods, services and funds to help them innovate and achieve commercial success that they couldn’t otherwise do alone. Read More.

Truth on the Market

A preliminary assessment of the relative antitrust risk of a Comcast vs Disney purchase of 21st Century Fox assets

As has been rumored in the press for a few weeks, today Comcast announced it is considering making a renewed bid for a large chunk of Twenty-First Century Fox’s (Fox) assets. Read More.



Kenya Airways (“KQ”) has applied to the Competition Authority of Kenya (“the Competition Authority”) for an exemption from competition rules in relation to its joint venture agreement with Tanzania’s national carrier, Precision Air (“the Joint Venture”) until April 2022. Read More.

Public Choice, Vol. 174, No. 3-4, 2018

Revenge: John Sherman, Russell Alger and the Origins of the Sherman Act

Patrick Newman, Florida Southern
This paper argues that Senator John Sherman of Ohio was motivated to introduce an antitrust bill in late 1889 partly as a way of enacting revenge on his political rival, General and former Governor Russell Alger of Michigan, because Sherman believed that Alger personally had cost him the presidential nomination at the 1888 Republican national convention. Read More.

Journal of European Competition Law & Practice

Should Profit Margins Play a More Decisive Role in Horizontal Merger Control? – A Reply to Valletti and Zenger

Jorge Padilla
n this brief article, I provide a few comments on the rejoinder published in this journal by Prof Tommaso Valletti and Dr Hans Zenger in which they discuss the main conclusions of my assessment of the appropriate role of margin analysis in horizontal merger control, also published in this journal. Read More.

Loyola Consumer Law Review, Vol. 30, 2018

Trade Associations, Information Exchange, and Cartels

Spencer Waller
Trade associations can play a procompetitive role in an economy but, as an association of actual and potential competitors, can also raise important competition law issues that must be addressed carefully by legal counsel. Read More.

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