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Your Weekly Digest | Issue 91

Valur Thrainsson
2 min read

Good morning,

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


Deutsche Bank management board agrees to Commerzbank merger talks: source

The management board of Deutsche Bank has agreed to hold talks with rival Commerzbank on the feasibility of a merger, a person with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Saturday. Read More.

European Commission

U.S. telecoms regulator stops clock on Sprint, T-Mobile merger review

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday it has halted the informal 180-day “shot clock” on the review of the merger of wireless providers Sprint Corp and T-Mobile US Inc to give the public three additional weeks to comment on the $26 billion tie-up. Read More.

European Commission

Commission fines car safety equipment suppliers € 368 million in cartel settlement

The European Commission has fined Autoliv and TRW a total of € 368 277 000 for breaching EU antitrust rules. Takata was not fined as it revealed the cartels to the Commission. Read More.

European Commission

Commission accepts commitments by Disney, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and Sky on cross-border pay-TV services

The European Commission has made commitments offered by Disney, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and Sky legally binding under EU antitrust rules. These commitments address the Commission's concerns regarding certain clauses in these studios' film licensing contracts for pay-TV with Sky UK. Read More.

Project Syndicate

Keep Politics Out of Europe’s Competition Decisions

Following the European Commission’s recent rejection of the proposed Alstom-Siemens rail merger, France and Germany want to rewrite EU merger rules and give member states more say over proposed tie-ups. But although this approach may seem tempting, Europe would be wise to keep such decisions free from political influence. Read More.

CoRe Blog

Minority acquisition headed for first prohibition in Norway

The Norwegian Competition Authority (the “NCA”) has warned Sector Alarm Group AS that its acquisition of a non-controlling stake in a competitor may be blocked. Unless the parties are able to resolve the NCA’s concerns by 8 March, they face the first prohibition of a minority acquisition under Norway’s 2004 Competition Act. Read More.

The New York Times

Trump’s Big Tech Bluster

His tweets criticize Facebook and Google, but the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department is making life easier for potential monopolists in Silicon Valley. Read More.

Competition Policy Blog

“Facts” from thin air in the CMA Chairman’s letter requesting greater powers?

Bruce Lyons
I recently posted a blog commenting on the CMA’s proposals for reform. I was sympathetic with the aims of eliminating unfair pricing and inefficient decision processes. Read More.


UK Financial Conduct Authority imposes first competition law fines - what can we learn?

On 21 February 2019, the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) issued its first competition law infringement decision since it was given competition law powers on 1 April 2015. Read More.

Kluwer Competition Law Blog

ACM announces stricter enforcement of vertical and horizontal restraints and publishes guidelines

On 26 February 2019, the Dutch Authority for Consumers & Markets (“ACM”) published renewed guidelines on both vertical and horizontal restraints. Read More.

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