ACCC to Announce Statement of Issues on Bayer/Monsanto

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is expected to announce a statement of issues as part of its ongoing review of the Bayer/Monsanto merger, local antitrustfeatured

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ACCC Review of Syngenta-ChemChina Focused on Patented Products

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission fears that the merger between chemicals conglomerate ChemChina and Swiss seed and pesticide maker Syngenta could lessen competition between patented and generic products, a Sydney-based competition lawyer told CTFN. “… (the) ChemChina and Syngenta (case) has a similar flavor to the Pfizer case – namely, competition between patented andfeatured

ACCC Weighing Public Review of Joy-Komatsu Merger

Story originally published October 4, 2016 – Updated with comments from the ACCC and the companies – The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is currently examining the proposed merger between heavy equipment makersfeatured

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Joy/Komatsu ACCC Review Unlikely to See Significant Issues

Komatsu’s planned takeover of underground mining equipment manufacturer Joy Global is not expected to face any competition hurdles in Australia, lawyers familiar with the industry told CTFN. Two Australian antitrust lawyers said that the deal should be cleared by the Australian Competition and Consumerfeatured

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SABMiller/AB InBev Merger Likely to Get ACCC Nod

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is expected to clear Anheuser-Busch InBev’s planned takeover of rival SABMiller, two Australian competition lawyers told CTFN. According to the lawyers, there is sufficient countervailing power from supermarkets and hotel groups, as well as competitive constraints from other beer suppliers and manufacturers in the market, which would be able to … Read Morefeatured

ACCC Review of Baker Hughes/Halliburton Proceeds while Industry Backdrop Darkens

The posturing of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission suggests coordination with global regulators and waiting on behalf of the commission for developments to progress in other jurisdictions, an Australian competition attorney told CTFN. “The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission issued a strong statement of issues last year and set a new decision date of … Read Morefeatured

ACCC Review of SABMiller/AB InBev Deal Likely Hinges on Licensing Agreements

Anheuser-Busch InBev will need to terminate and pay out its long-term licensing agreements with Australian rival Lion if it wants to get the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s go-ahead on its merger with SABMiller, a former Lion executive told CTFN. “I believe that to do the deal, AB InBev will need to cut a deal … Read Morefeatured

Halliburton May Need Further Divestitures for ACCC Clearance

Oilfield giant Halliburton will likely have to offload more assets than initially planned to gain Australia’s approval for its $35 billion merger with Baker Hughes, an Australian competition lawyer familiar with the case told CTFN. “It seems to us that the previously announced divestments do not address all of the ACCC’s competition concerns across all … Read Morefeatured

Executive Sees Logic of CUB Sale by Merged AB InBev-SABMiller

Anheuser-Busch InBev’s potential disposal of its Australian operations in order to fund its planned merger with SABMiller “makes some sense,” an industry executive told CTFN. Commenting on Australian press rumors that the Belgian beer giant is looking to float Carlton & United Breweries post-merger, or to sell it privately, the Melbourne-based senior executive said that … Read Morefeatured

Limited Competition Concerns for AB InBev-SABMiller Merger in Australia

A Sydney-based antitrust lawyer dismissed concerns that the Anheuser-Busch InBev-SABMiller merger would face significant regulatory hurdles in Australia. The lawyer, who is not directly involved in the case, told CTFN that “it is unlikely that Australia would be a significant delay or that the divestment that might be required here would be expensive, protracted or … Read Morefeatured

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