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Austerity has strangled the British economy. Only Labour gets this | Joseph Stiglitz image
....Under Ronald Reagan in the United States and Margaret Thatcher in the UK, there was a rewriting of the basic rules of capitalism. These two governments changed the rules governing labour bargaining, weakening trade unions; and they weakened anti-trust enforcement, allowing more monopolies to be created. ...
Security firm asks EU to investigate Microsoft image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 6th of June 2017 01:43:21 PM
. Russian security software-maker Kaspersky has filed an anti-trust complaint against Microsoft with the European Commission. ...
EU fines Facebook over 'misleading' WhatsApp data claim image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 18th of May 2017 08:12:36 AM
.... . Last week, Italian anti-trust regulators imposed a 3m-euro fine on WhatsApp for making users agree to share personal data with Facebook. ...
LSE to sell French clearing arm to ease Deutsche Börse merger image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 3rd of January 2017 07:59:44 AM
....The London Stock Exchange Group is to sell its 50% stake in the French clearing arm of LCH to Euronext in a €510m (£433m) deal. LSE Group has sold its stake in LCH SA to the European Exchanges operator in a move to try to see off anti-trust concerns raised by the European commission over its proposed £21bn mega-merger with Deutsche Börse. ...
Six pharmaceutical firms accused of price-fixing image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 16th of December 2016 05:49:56 AM
.... . Australia's Mayne confirmed it was among the companies named in the case brought by anti-trust investigators. ...
Amazon v Donald Trump? Jeff Bezos may soon face his biggest challenge yet image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 18th of November 2016 07:13:20 PM
....However, the new president could choose to examine Amazon’s control of its delivery drivers, its relationship with small businesses who sell products through its website, or Bezos’s ownership of the Washington Post. Neil Saunders, a retail analyst in the US at Conlumino, said: “The main threats have been over tax and anti-trust. ...
Google hits back at EU claim over Android abuses image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 10th of November 2016 02:37:50 PM
...."Android hasn't hurt competition, it's expanded it," said Kent Walker, general counsel of Google. The US tech firm sent its reply on Thursday to anti-trust charges issued by the EU earlier this year over the smartphone platform. ...
US to examine AT&T deal to buy Time Warner image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of October 2016 09:04:36 PM
....The competition lawyer Amanda Wait from Hunton & Williams in Washington said it was not a straightforward issue. "The anti-trust division here in the US is going to have to take a hard look at how this deal changes AT&T's incentives and that's a really complicated question," she told BBC radio's World Business Report. ...
LSE-Deutsche Boerse merger plan being investigated image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of September 2016 03:01:06 PM
....Shareholders of the LSE and Deutsche Boerse have already approved the plan. The European Union's anti-trust watchdog says such a merger could eliminate competition in areas such as bonds, derivatives and repurchasing agreements. ...
Bayer 'closes in' on $66bn deal to take over Monsanto image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of September 2016 12:43:24 AM
....The drop in commodity prices has put pressure on companies such as Monsanto, with farmers' cutting orders for supplies. A Bayer takeover of Monsanto is likely to draw close scrutiny from anti-trust regulators because of the sheer size of the combined company and the control it would have over the global seeds and sprays markets. ...
Syngenta shares jump after US clears ChemChina deal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 22nd of August 2016 08:34:10 AM
.... . In a joint statement, Syngenta and ChemChina said: "In addition to CFIUS clearance, the closing of the transaction is subject to anti-trust review by numerous regulators around the world and other customary closing conditions. ...
Google hit by fresh European Union anti-trust charges image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 14th of July 2016 11:19:33 AM
...." . Google is already facing formal anti-trust charges over claims that it abused the dominant position of its Android operating system. ...
Regulator gives backing to AB InBev takeover of SABMiller image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 31st of May 2016 04:53:41 PM
. The world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, has gained conditional approval from South African anti-trust regulators for its $100bn-plus acquisition of SABMiller on the condition that no South African employees would be laid off as a result of the deal. ...
The new era of monopoly is here image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 13th of May 2016 01:15:11 PM
....Some of the increase in market power is the result of changes in technology and economic structure: consider network economies and the growth of locally provided service-sector industries. Some is because firms – Microsoft and drug companies are good examples – have learned better how to erect and maintain entry barriers, often assisted by conservative political forces that justify lax anti-trust enforcement and the failure to limit market power on the grounds that markets are “naturally” competitive. ...
EU accuses Google of using Android to skew market against rivals image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of April 2016 11:34:55 AM
....“What we found is that Google pursues an overall strategy on mobile devices to protect and expand its dominant position in internet search,” Vestager said. Related: EU hits Google with anti-trust charges over Android - live updates. ...
FTSE 100 shrugs off early falls image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 4th of April 2016 07:38:52 AM
....Among the fallers was paper and packaging firm Mondi, which dropped 2. 5% after Russian authorities announced an anti-trust investigation into one of its subsidiaries. ...
Hinkley Point branded potentially risky for EDF by French auditor image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 11th of March 2016 09:29:18 AM
....The warning comes days after EDF’s chief financial officer resigned over worries about the firm’s ability to finance the project and after unions warned that the project is a risk to EDF’s very survival. However, there was some good news on Thursday for EDF’s Hinkley project, with EU anti-trust regulators clearing the French firm’s proposed partnership with CGN. ...
Former Chesapeake chief dies in crash image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of March 2016 09:59:42 PM
.... . On Tuesday, the Department of Justice accused Mr McClendon of having been involved in an anti-trust scheme between 2007 and 2012. ...
Shkreli mocks Congress amid inquiry image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 4th of February 2016 04:54:36 PM
.... . The Federal Trade Commission is also investigating whether Turing violated anti-trust laws when it raised the price of Daraprim. ...
Shkreli asks Congress for immunity image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 22nd of January 2016 10:39:49 PM
....On Thursday, Mr Shkreli said he would remain silent if forced to appear at the congressional hearing. The FTC is allegedly investigating anti-trust violation by Turing Pharmaceuticals when it raised the price of the drug Daraprim. ...
Ukraine steps up gas dispute by fining Gazprom $3.5bn image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 22nd of January 2016 12:19:42 PM
.... . Gazprom has been hit by EU anti-trust charge  Photo: Alamy. ...
Orange fined €350m for market abuse image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 17th of December 2015 12:01:22 PM
....Telecoms firm Orange has been fined €350m (£254m) for abusing its market dominance in France. The country's anti-trust authority said Orange, which was formerly France Telecom, kept business clients from switching to competitors' phone services. ...
Imperial Tobacco could receive bid, say analysts, but not yet image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 8th of December 2015 11:05:21 AM
....6bn acquisition of US assets is arguably a hindrance rather than attraction to potentially interested parties like BAT and Japan Tobacco;. 3) Structuring a deal may be complex, with anti-trust issues likely to require the divestment of individual markets and/or brand licenses;. ...
GE scraps $3.3bn deal with Electrolux image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 7th of December 2015 04:53:24 PM
...."This deal was bad for the millions of consumers who buy cooking appliances every year. Electrolux and General Electric could not overcome that reality at trial," said deputy assistant attorney general David Gelfand of the Justice Department's anti-trust division. ...
Google to fight Russian court battle image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 19th of November 2015 10:46:01 AM
....The Russian anti-monopoly service has yet to respond to Google's announcement. However, Russian search rival Yandex, which prompted anti-trust authorities in the country to investigate Google, said it would welcome an "open trial" on the issue. ...
US personal finance lenders combine image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 13th of November 2015 09:06:07 PM
.... . The agreement reached on Friday with the Department of Justice and state regulators ends an anti-trust lawsuit. ...
Business Insider bought by German publisher Axel Springer image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of September 2015 12:00:52 PM
.... . The deal is subject to approval by anti-trust authorities. ...
Excitement bubbles up on formal bid chatter for SABMiller  image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 28th of September 2015 05:06:00 PM
....” . The broker also believes the only disposals made will be those required by anti-trust authorities, highlighting the takeover will be about “a global domination strategy on the part of ABI”. ...
Australia raises concerns over Shell's $70bn takeover of BG Group image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 17th of September 2015 10:48:25 PM
.... . The takeover has already been cleared by EU, US and Brazilian anti-trust authorities. ...
TV must push back against Apple and Netflix, says Discovery boss image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 17th of September 2015 05:34:53 PM
.... . Mr Zaslav said at the Royal Television Society Conference in Cambridge: “If there were no anti-trust laws we’d all get together and say no, no, no, here’s how you’re going to offer it. ...
Battle for Aga steps up as Middleby warns shareholders to be 'wary' of Whirlpool approach image
...." . The company also said that its offer "has no regulatory or anti-trust conditions" and would result in Aga shareholders being paid within weeks of the deal going through, while Whirlpool's would be "subject to a number of conditions". ...
Aga saga: Middleby urges shareholders to rebuff Whirlpool image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of September 2015 07:54:16 AM
....”. The US firm noted that any offer from Whirlpool would be subject to a number of conditions, as Aga had stated, while Middleby’s acquisition had “no regulatory or anti-trust conditions”. ...
US forex settlements open door for UK lawsuits image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 14th of August 2015 06:43:10 AM
.... The forex-rigging scandal has been one of the most high-profile incidents to hit the banking sector  Photo: ALAMY. The cases in the US were brought under anti-trust rules which limit the class action to US claimants. ...
Source : Independent [Read Article] Saturday 8th of August 2015 05:15:00 AM
....Last month the Competitions and Markets Authority said it was considering whether the merger could reduce competition for UK shoppers looking for luxury goods online, and the regulator is set to gives its initial assessment in early September. Yoox said at the time that the inquiry announcement was “normal practice” and that the merger had already been approved by US, German and Austrian anti-trust authorities. ...
Drugs firms accused of overcharging image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 6th of August 2015 07:28:47 AM
.... We will carefully consider any representations from Pfizer and Flynn Pharma before deciding whether the law has been infringed. ," said Ann Pope, CMA senior director of anti-trust enforcement. ...
Sky is unlikely to fall with switch to the Q-factor image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 26th of July 2015 07:49:44 PM
.... There are new threats, too. The EU’s allegations of anti-trust dealings over Sky’s refusal to allow continental households to watch UK film channels are an unwelcome distraction for management. ...
EU acts against Sky and US studios image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of July 2015 01:23:30 PM
....The European Commission has accused Sky TV in the UK and six major Hollywood studios of breaking EU competition rules by blocking access to movie content in other EU countries. The Commission's anti-trust regulator has issued them with formal complaints. ...
Christine Lagarde, IMF chief with a key role in the Greek debt talks - profile image
.... Back in France, she took degrees in English, labour law and social law at the university of Nanterre, and later a masters in political science in Aix, before returning to the US in 1981 to work for the international law firm Baker & McKenzie. Starting out as an associate specialising in labour, anti-trust and mergers and acquisitions, Lagarde moved through the ranks to become a partner after six years and eventually head of the firm in western Europe. ...
It’s taken years – but the UK is finally building a great technology industry image
.... Winners compete and cooperate, depending on what is most relevant; losers try and use the power of the state to hurt those that they can’t defeat in the market. It is no surprise that it is politicians from Germany and France that are pushing the hardest for the current anti-trust action against Google: neither country has been able to grow enough unicorns or to attract sufficient tech investment. ...
.... . Silk Cut maker Imperial Tobacco sparked up 109p to 3,393p as US anti-trust regulators finally gave the green light to rival Reynolds American’s $27bn takeover of Lorillard. ...
How criminal charges became another day at the office for banks image
.... "The people fixing foreign exchange called themselves 'the cartel'. Cartels only operate when there's a relatively small number of players, so I think that there are major anti-trust issues here. ...
Barclays hit with £1.53billion penalty as five banks fined £4billion for rate-rigging  image
....4 million to the UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the largest ever fine imposed by the regulator, for failing to control business practices in its foreign exchange (FX) business in London. The group also pleaded guilty to a violation of US anti-trust law. ...
Centrica to buy more gas from Russia's Gazprom and Statoil image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of May 2015 02:29:36 PM
...." . Gazprom is currently locked in a legal dispute with European regulators over anti-trust charges that has been overcharging wholesale gas customers in Eastern Europe. ...
FTSE edges up in volatile day as Yellen warns on high market valuations image
.... It expects to complete its $7. 1bn purchase of certain brands from a combined Reynolds American and Lorillard when that deal passes anti-trust hurdles, and said it was open to taking more brands if that was required by regulators. ...
EU wants travel access to iPlayer image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 6th of May 2015 10:32:29 AM
...."We note the Commission's interest in making services more portable to UK users while temporarily travelling in Europe, and will begin work to look at the technical and legislative implications," said a spokesman. As part of its wider plan, the Commission also announced it had launched a new anti-trust competition inquiry into the 28-nation bloc's e-commerce sector. ...
FTSE 100 edges higher as Imperial jumps but Sainsbury suffers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 6th of May 2015 08:39:44 AM
.... It expects to complete its $7. 1bn purchase of certain brands from a combined Reynolds American and Lorillard when that deal passes anti-trust hurdles, and said it was open to taking more brands if that was required by regulators. ...
UBS in 'advanced' forex probe talks image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 5th of May 2015 07:49:23 AM
....3bn on six banks, including UBS, for failing to stop traders trying to manipulate the foreign exchange market. UBS approached US authorities last year with information in the hope of gaining anti-trust immunity if charged with wrongdoing. ...
Google admits mistakes with news outlets as it announces new partnership image
....”. Company insiders downplayed the suggestion that the exercise was an attempt at garnering good publicity soon after the announcement of the anti-trust probe. ...
Brussels accuses Gazprom of unfair pricing of gas in eastern Europe image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of April 2015 06:05:19 PM
. Europe’s anti-trust regulator has accused Russia’s massive gas monopoly, Gazprom, of unfair pricing practices in Moscow’s former satellite states of eastern Europe, launching a legal dispute that could result in multibillion-euro fines for the Kremlin’s giant energy company. ...
Gazprom charged with market abuse by EU in challenge to Putin image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of April 2015 11:01:04 AM
.... . The Moscow-based company has been charged under EU anti-trust legislation with overcharging wholesale gas customers in Eastern Europe. ...
EU charges Gazprom with market abuse image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of April 2015 10:19:14 AM
....The European Commission (EC) has charged Gazprom with abusing its dominant market position in Central and Eastern European gas markets. The Commission said its preliminary view was that the Russian energy giant was breaking EU anti-trust rules. ...
EU to charge Gazprom with manipulating gas prices image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 20th of April 2015 05:00:35 PM
.... . It is understood that the company could be charged under EU anti-trust legislation with overcharging wholesale gas customers in Eastern Europe. ...
Google takes on EU anti-trust case with charts showing how weak it is image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Thursday 16th of April 2015 11:12:58 AM
. As part of a response to an EU anti-trust case that could see it hit with huge fines and other punishments, Google has released two blogposts and a series of charts that it hopes will convince people it has helped encourage rather than stifle competition. ...
Google vs the EU commissioner: Is this a David and Goliath struggle? image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of April 2015 10:14:32 PM
....Google has managed to make a potentially costly enemy: Margrethe Vestager. The European Union’s new competition commissioner has stepped up a long-running inquiry into the technology giant, formally charging Google with market abuse for the first time since the EU’s anti-trust investigation began in 2010. ...
US delivery company FedEx buys TNT Express for €4.4bn image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of April 2015 06:50:39 AM
.... . However, FedEx emphasised that there is a "high level of deal certainty" in its takeover and anticipates "no major anti-trust issues". ...
US Outlook: Transatlantic regulatory battles are not about Us versus Them image
....Meanwhile, European lawmakers continue to go after Google and Apple. After many years of anti-trust investigation, Google could end up facing a fine of up to $6bn, 10 per cent of its annual revenue in the European Union. ...
Google could be about to face a billion-dollar action for being anti-competitive in Europe image
....44bn) in fines. The EC required Microsoft to make changes to its "bundled" software packages to meet stringent EU anti-trust laws. ...
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 30th of March 2015 08:21:36 AM
....Kingfisher had set a deadline of 31 March for regulatory approval of the takeover. "Notwithstanding Kingfisher's efforts to pursue the completion of the transaction, and in light of the positions expressed to date by the ANPF and Mr Bricolage, the anti-trust clearance will not be obtained by 31 March 2015 and therefore the July 2014 agreement will lapse on that date," the company said on Monday. ...
Kingfisher abandons troubled Mr Bricolage deal  image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 30th of March 2015 08:13:31 AM
. Kingfisher has abandoned plans to buy French retailer Mr Bricolage, amid a cocktail of issues including opposition from the French retailer's board and a failure to win anti-trust clearance within the agreed timeframe. ...
Source : Independent [Read Article] Wednesday 25th of February 2015 12:51:48 AM
.... . HSBC revealed in its annual report, published yesterday, that the DoJ has asked it to submit documents relating to a criminal anti-trust investigation into precious metals. ...
US investigating at least 10 international banks over alleged rigging of precious metals market image
....The US Department of Justice is investigating at least 10 international banks, including Barclays, HSBC and Deutsche Bank, over alleged rigging of the precious metals market, it has emerged. HSBC revealed in its annual report, published yesterday, that the DoJ has asked it to submit documents relating to a criminal anti-trust investigation into precious metals. ...
Google faces Russia Android probe after Yandex protest image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 18th of February 2015 12:46:13 PM
.... . EU anti-trust watchdogs are already carrying out a separate investigation into Google's search and advertising business. ...
From Borgen to Brussels: How Europe's new competition boss will be scrutinising the world's biggest companies image
.... . However, Denmark’s former economic minister is developing another reputation for her powerful new EU role, with the power to levy huge multi-billion anti-trust fines, block corporate giant’s growth ambitions and rebuke member states. ...
Qualcomm to pay record $975m in China antitrust case  image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of February 2015 12:54:49 AM
. US chipmaker Qualcomm will pay $975m (£640m) to Chinese authorities to end a 14 month anti-trust investigation into its patent licensing practices. ...
How Vodafone's rise to a £59bn giant started with a New Year's Eve phone call image
.... Airtouch Communications was the first significant deal, in June 1999. To accommodate the anti-trust authorities Vodafone had to sell its 17. ...
Google faces break-up call from EU image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 21st of November 2014 08:54:21 PM
.... . The Commission's attempts to agree remedies and avoid an anti-trust trial of Google have so far been successfully opposed by rivals such as Microsoft, who argue it uses web search to stifle competition in other areas such as shopping comparison. ...
Imperial boosts dividend 10pc despite fall in tobacco volumes image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of November 2014 08:48:52 AM
....1bn deal designed to help a merger between the US tobacco giants Reynolds and Lorillard to overcome competition concerns. The deal is expected to go through in spring next year, if the Reynolds and Lorillard receives anti-trust approval in the US. ...
Be warned Sky and BBC, a storm is coming image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 24th of October 2014 07:03:43 PM
.... Yet with success inevitably comes reproach. Already there is a growing wall of complaint, from competitors, publishers and fee-hunting anti-trust lawyers, that the company has too much power and should be cut down to size. ...
Why rivals like PepsiCo, Coca Cola, Unilever and P&G are joining forces image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of October 2014 11:22:05 AM
....Competitor companies obviously need to tread carefully when it comes to collaboration, even when it relates to environmental issues of joint concerns. Back in 2011, for example, Unilever and P&G were judged to have breached European anti-trust laws when they sought to move the market towards lower impact laundry detergents. ...
Google: Amazon is biggest search rival image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of October 2014 06:59:21 AM
.... But, really, our biggest search competitor is Amazon," he said in a speech in Berlin. Google is in the middle of a European Union probe into its search engine after anti-trust complaints. ...
Why Jean Tiroles work matters in the Age of Google image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of October 2014 12:57:30 PM
.... Back in the Wealth of Nations in 1776, Adam Smith railed against the abuses of monopolies and cartels, noting: “People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices. ” The Sherman anti-trust laws in the US were used just before the first world war to break up Standard Oil. ...
UBS warns of 'material' fine risk in foreign exchange probe image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 29th of September 2014 01:41:18 PM
....3 trillion-a-day foreign exchange market. UBS has already suspended at least five traders and approached US authorities last year with information in the hope of gaining anti-trust immunity if charged with wrongdoing. ...
Google may face $6bn EU anti-trust fine image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of September 2014 06:37:49 PM
. Google’s anti-trust row with the European commission could turn into a case bigger than the one that cost Microsoft more than €2. ...
Murdoch renews hostilities with Google over 'contempt' for copyright image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 18th of September 2014 09:19:02 AM
.... . Its intervention in the investigation comes after Mr Almunia said concessions proposed by Google in an effort to avoid a potentially damaging and expensive anti-trust case did not go far enough. ...

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