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New German Cartel Fine Guidelines


By on Jun 27, 2013
Posted In Cartel Enforcement, EC Developments, German Developments

by Martina Maier, Philipp Werner and Robert Bäuerle The German Federal Cartel Office has just published new Guidelines on the Setting of Fines for antitrust law infringements.  With these guidelines, the German Federal Cartel Office departs from the method of setting fines used by the European Commission and other national competition authorities in Europe. As...

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China Fines Liquor Producers Over US$70 million for Fixing Minimum Resale Prices


By on Mar 1, 2013
Posted In Chinese Developments, Distribution/Franchising

by Frank Schoneveld Last week one of China’s antitrust regulators, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), imposed fines of RMB419 million (+/- US$72 million) on two of the most famous producers of Chinese liquor, Moutai and WuLiangye.  The fines were imposed for restricting the minimum price at which their distributors could resell the liquor....

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Italian Competition Authority Mandatory Fee Due by 30 October 2012


By on Sep 4, 2012
Posted In Italian Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions

by Veronica Pinotti and Martino Sforza From 1 October 2012 until 30 October 2012, public limited companies based in Italy that have total revenues exceeding EUR 50 million must pay to the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) a new mandatory fee, which replaces the current filing fees for merger transactions. Entities Subject to the Fee Public limited...

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Essential Health Transaction Planning for Providers in Today’s Antitrust Enforcement Climate


By on May 8, 2012
Posted In Healthcare Antitrust

by Ashley McKinney Fischer and Stephen Wu Federal antitrust enforcement agencies continue to challenge transactions in the health industry that they view as anticompetitive. This newsletter provides an update on recent public comments by government officials overseeing antitrust enforcement in the health industry and outlines some of the key steps that parties to certain types...

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China Conditionally Clears Western Digital’s Acquisition of Hitachi’s Hard Disk Drive Business


By on Mar 15, 2012
Posted In Chinese Developments, EC Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions

by Henry L.T. Chen, Frank Schoneveld and James Jiang Recently China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) approved Western Digital’s proposed acquisition of Hitachi’s hard disk drive business on a conditional basis.  Containing the most comprehensive clearance conditions ever imposed by MOFCOM, this decision mirrors previous guidance issued by the European Commission and illustrates that at least...

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Notification Threshold Under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Increased to $68.2 million


By on Jan 27, 2012
Posted In Mergers & Acquisitions

by Jon B. Dubrow, Joseph F. Winterscheid and Carla A. R. Hine The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced revised thresholds for the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR) and 2012 thresholds for determining whether parties trigger the prohibition against interlocking directors under Section 8 of the Clayton Act. Notification Threshold Adjustments Pursuant...

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The European Commission’s New Best Practice Guidelines on Antitrust Proceedings


By on Oct 19, 2011
Posted In Cartel Enforcement, EC Developments

by Martina Maier, Philipp Werner and Lionel Lesur The European Commission’s new guidelines for best practices during antitrust procedures introduce some new elements that could be beneficial for companies under investigation, complainants and interested third parties if handled in the right way. To read the full article, click here.

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