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Conference - GCR Live: Global Merger Control 2022
11/10/2022
Join us on 19 October 2022 at the Hilton Brussels Grand Place for GCR Live: Global Merger Control 2022 - covering recent developments in merger control review across the globe. Speakers, including regional and national government officials from key jurisdictions, private practice lawyers, economists and company representatives, analyse developing theories of harm across markets in our digital age, the question of the viability of remedies as perceived by different authorities, jurisdictional and procedural challenges in mergers and the ever-evolving role of economic evidence in addressing novel theories of harm.
Dutch courts reject public interest claim in merger case (updated)
6/10/2022
By Nina Korstenbroek and Sarah Beeston (Van Doorne N.V.)
CBb upholds approval decision by ACM after annulment by the District Court of Rotterdam
6/10/2022
By Nina Korstenbroek and Sarah Beeston (Van Doorne N.V.)
Lear Competition Festival 21-23 September
31/08/2022
Mergerfilers is co-sponsoring this year’s Lear Competition Festival in Rome, 21-23 September. The festival brings together stakeholders of the antitrust community, and experts from a variety of backgrounds addressing a range of very interesting competition law and economics topics. Click here to find the full agenda and registration form.
Peru: draft Guidelines for the qualification and analysis of merger transactions published
30/08/2022
Indecopi has published draft Guidelines for the qualification and analysis of merger transactions.
EU's General Court confirms Commission's new merger referral policy in Illumina/Grail case
15/07/2022
By Björn Herbers and Christoff Henrik Soltau (CMS Hasche Sigle)
Ten key takeaways of the draft revision for the EU merger control procedure
8/06/2022
By Dr Björn Herbers (CMS, Brussels) and Christoff Henrik Soltau (CMS, Germany)
Merger control statistics - Australia 2020-21
24/05/2022
By Roderick Kennedy, Amanda Tesvic and Alyssa Phillips (Ashurst)
New thresholds etc. in Turkey
4/05/2022
With effect from 4 May 2022, merger regulations have been amended in Turkey, including significantly higher thresholds for merger filing - and a list of industries for which the thresholds are not fully applicable. 
New thresholds in Israel
21/03/2022
New (higher) turnover thresholds for merger notifications have now entered into force in Israel.  Also note that a new notification form will apply as of 20 May 2022. From this date there will no longer be a simplified notification form available.
New significantly higher merger filing thresholds in Turkey
8/03/2022
Merger regulations have been amended in Turkey, including significantly higher thresholds for merger filing - and a list of industries for which the thresholds are not fully applicable.  The changes apply from 4 May 2022.  The relevant changes are indicated in red boxes in the Merger Filing Guide.
Hamel-Smith - National Expert for Trinidad & Tobago
7/03/2022
Trinidad & Tobago is now included in the Merger Filing Guide - Content has been provided by Hamel-Smith. 
Updated US merger filing thresholds
23/02/2022
Merger filing thresholds and thresholds for filing fees in the US have been updated - applicable as of 23 February 2022.
Díez Canseco Competencia & PI - National Expert for Peru
28/02/2022
Peru has been added to the Merger Filing Guide - Content has been provided by Díez Canseco Competencia & PI.
India – A snapshot of merger control status and statistics – November 2021
7/11/2021
By Anshuman Sakle and Aakriti Thakur, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Vouga Abogados - National Expert for Paraguay
19/10/2021
Paraguay is now included in the Merger Filing Guide - Content has been provided by Vouga Abogados. 
General Court backs European Commission in Altice gun jumping case – confirming strict standard for standstill obligation
5/10/2021
The General Court dismissed Altice's action against the European Commission's 2018 decision imposing two fines totalling EUR 124.5 million for "gun jumping" in connection with Altice's acquisition of PT Portugal, confirming the Commission's findings regarding the infringements and only correcting the amount of the fine by 10%. The judgment provides important clarifications regarding the interpretation and the application of the notification obligation and the standstill obligation for transactions subject to EU merger control.
New domestic turnover threshold in Austria
23/09/2021
In Austria, major changes to the Cartel and Competition Act have been adopted. The changes include 1) a new domestic turnover threshold, 2) introduction of the SIEC test and 3) an increase of the filing fee. These three amendments will only have effect from 31 December 2021 (whereas it was previously unclear whether this will also be the case for the new domestic turnover threshold, the Austrian Competition Authority now has taken the view that this second domestic turnover threshold will only apply to concentrations implemented after 31 December 2021). The new domestic turnover threshold will reduce the number of filings necessary in Austria. 
Revision of proposed FDI regime in the Netherlands
19/07/2021
The draft Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) regulation presented by the Dutch government last year has, following significant criticism, been amended. The revised proposal has now been published. National experts, Van Doorne, have reviewed this new proposal. Their summary is now available in the FDI section at MergerFilers.
A general FDI regime came into force today in Denmark
1/07/2021
The Danish FDI regime applies for any investments etc. completed on or after 1 September 2021. Accura has provided details on the rules in the Foreign Investment section. The Danish FDI regime is likely to apply to a broad range of investments.
Esguerra - National Expert for Colombia
19/06/2021
Colombia is now included in the Merger Filing Guide - Content has been provided by Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos. 
EU merger control regardless of thresholds - Article 22 referrals
19/05/2021
By Dr Bjoern Herbers (CMS, Brussels) and Christoff Henrik Soltau (CMS, Germany)
Misleading information provided by merging parties
18/05/2021
The European Commission’s recent EUR 7.5 million fine issued to Sigma-Aldrich  for providing misleading information during the Merck/Sigma-Aldrich merger control proceedings is a reminder for all parties in merger cases of the importance of providing competition authorities with complete and accurate information
BBA//Fjeldco - National Expert for Iceland
8/05/2021
Iceland is now included in the Merger Filing Guide - Content has been provided by BBA//Fjeldco. 
The Netherlands - Merger control status and statistics 2019-2020
7/05/2021
By Sarah Beeston and Cihan Erdogan (Van Doorne)
Argentina - Merger control status and statistics - May 2021
4/05/2021
By Luis Barry, Carolina Abdelnabe Vila, Clara Rodríguez Llanos and Sonia Del Regno (Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen)
Dutch Court annuls approval of merger
13/04/2021
By Sarah Beeston and Femke Beelen (Van Doorne)
Adjustment of thresholds etc. in Kazakhstan
11/02/2021
In Kazakhstan, a set of changes to competition regulation and policy is being introduced. As part of these changes, the Competition authority has been restructured resulting in creation of the Agency which, unlike the Committee that it replaces, is an independent body directly subordinated to, and accountable for, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. This change makes the Competition authority’s structure in line with the requirements and recommendations of OECD. Please also note that the turnover thresholds have been amended following the yearly review of the basis for its calculation. Zan Hub has provided the up-date. See the full guide for Kazakhstan here.
Decrease of size-of-target threshold in Canada
22/02/2021
In Canada, the size-of-target merger filing threshold has been decreased from 96 to 93 million CAD as a consequence of the yearly review of the threshold based on GDP.  Update provided by Stikeman Elliott.
Adjustment of merger filing thresholds in Argentina
23/02/2021
In Argentina, the merger filing thresholds have been increased as a consequence of the yearly review of the thresholds. You can find the thresholds under topic 14 in the merger control guide. Update provided by Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen.
Meitar Law Offices - National Expert for Israel
2/03/2021
Israel is now included in the Merger Filing Guide - Content has been provided by Meitar Law Offices. 
Ketler & Partners - National Expert for Slovenia
27/03/2021
Slovenia is now included in the Merger Filing Guide - Content has been provided by Ketler & Partners - member of Karanovic. 
Mishcon de Reya - National Expert for the UK
22/03/2021
The United Kingdom is now included in the Merger Filing Guide - Content has been provided by Mishcon de Reya. 

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Latest Decisions

DECISION – TFTC’s 1625th commissioners meeting of November 16, 2022: Ho Tai Motor – eTreego – He Jun Energy – Shihlin EE
16/11/2022 Taiwan
Ho Tai Motor Co., Ltd. (“Ho Tai Motor”), eTreego Co., Ltd. (“eTreego”), He Jun Energy Co., Ltd. (“He Jun Energy”) and Shihlin Electric & Engineering Corporation (“Shihlin EE”) planned to establish a ...
Tsar & Tsai
COMP-MCCAA/14/2022: Artemis Parent Inc. – Apotex Pharmaceutical Holdings Inc.
15/11/2022 Malta
The Office for Competition approved the indirect acquisition of Apotex Pharmaceutical Holdings Inc. by Artemis Parent Inc. The acquirer is incorporated in Ontario, Canada and is controlled by funds managed by affiliates of SK Capital Partners LP. It ...
Mamo TCV
COMP-MCCAA/13/2022: Piscopo Gardens Limited – Village Pets Limited
10/11/2022 Malta
The Office for Competition approved the acquisition of Village Pets Limited by Piscopo Gardens Limited. The acquirer owns and runs a garden centre that carries a range of flower bulbs, seeds and plants, as well as planting tools and materials and gar ...
Mamo TCV
DECISION [CT-2019-005]: Parrish & Heimbecker, Limited - certain assets of Louis Dreyfus Company Canada ULC
31/10/2022 Canada
Parrish & Heimbecker, Limited's ("P&H") acquired 10 grain elevators located in Western Canada from Louis Dreyfus Company Canada ULC in 2019. The Commissioner of Competition (the "Commissioner") subsequently brought an& ...
Stikeman Elliott
DECISION M.10699: SalMar ASA - NTS ASA
31/10/2022 European Union (EU)
The European Commission conditionally approved the acquisition of NTS by SalMar. SalMar is a salmon farming company headquartered in Norway. Its activities cover all aspects of the supply chain for the production of salmon, i.e. farming, harv ...
CMS
DECISION M.10792: Philip Morris International - Swedish Match
25/10/2022 European Union (EU)
The European Commission conditionally approved the acquisition of Swedish Match by Philip Morris International. Philip Morris International, headquartered in the US, is active worldwide in the manufacturing and sale of various tobacco related prod ...
CMS
DOJ Press Release #22-1176: Penguin Random House - Simon & Schuster
31/10/2022 United States
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in favor of the Justice Department in its civil antitrust lawsuit to block book publisher Penguin Random House’s (“PRH”) proposed $2.2 billion acquisition of Simon & Sch ...
Goodwin
PRESS RELEASE: Royal Unibrew A/S - Aqua d'Or Mineral Water A/S
25/10/2022 Denmark
The notification of Royal Unibrew A/S' acquisition of Aqua d'Or Mineral Water A/S from Danone was withdrawn by the parties after the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (the "DCCA") had expressed competitive con ...
Accura
DECISION M.10702: Evergreen Holding Germany GmbH - Real Alloy UK Holdco Ltd - KPS Capital Partners, LP
19/10/2022 European Union (EU)
The European Commission conditionally approved the acquisition of Evergreen Holding Germany GmbH and Real Alloy UK Holdco Ltd (Real Alloy Europe) by KPS Special Situations Fund V, a fund managed by KPS Capital Partners, LP (KPS) through its subsidiar ...
CMS
DECISION M.10721: Celanese Corporation - DuPont de Nemours, Inc. (mobility and materials business)
11/10/2022 European Union (EU)
The European Commission approved Celanese Corporation’s acquisition of DuPont's Mobility and Materials Business conditional on full compliance with commitments offered by Celanese. Celanese is a global, US based, chemical ...
CMS

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