Rite Aid/Walgreens Review Stalls Pending Next Move from Companies

A former division head within the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition told CTFN that Walgreens and the FTC are not having constructive discussions, and that the matterfeatured

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Kroton and Estácio Negotiate Remedies with CADE Tribunal

Brazil’s largest private education player Kroton Educacional and smaller rival Estácio Participações are proposing remedies aimed at easing concerns raised by CADE’s General Superintendencefeatured

NXP/Qualcomm Antitrust Delays Related to History of Complaints

With additional reporting by Sarah Cohen and Valeria Camerino – Qualcomm’s history of antitrust complaints in multiple jurisdictions is thought to be a factor in the length of time regulatoryfeatured

Concerns Still Surround G&K/Cintas

Potential concerns with the Federal Trade Commission’s ongoing review of national account overlaps arising from the G&K Services/Cintas merger were outlined for CTFN by USfeatured

Sources Skeptical of Haldex/Knorr-Bremse Deal Outcome

With additional reporting by Rachel Rigby – Knorr-Bremse’s ongoing takeover of Swedish peer Haldex raises significant issues that may not be possible to overcome, two of the target’s former senior executivesfeatured

Linde/Praxair Merger Needs Divestitures in US and Canada

Linde Group’s merger with Praxair will likely require divestitures in both the US and Canada, a former senior executive at Linde North America told CTFN. The executive said that the gas industry is an oligopoly, andfeatured

Knorr-Bremse EC Pre-Notification Aimed at Extended Phase I Clearance for Haldex Acquisition

With additional reporting by Rachel Rigby – German braking systems maker Knorr-Bremse will wait until the latest possible date to submit it antitrust filing with the European Commissionfeatured

MOFCOM Likely to Impose Conditions on Luxottica/Essilor Merger

Chinese antitrust regulator Mofcom is expected to impose some restrictions on the planned $50 billion merger between French optical lens maker Essilor and Italian eyewear leader Luxottica,featured

Sources See FTC Approval for Rite Aid/Walgreens Merger Soon

Antitrust sources polled by CTFN believe that the Rite Aid/Walgreens deal and the associated divestiture of stores to Fred’s will be approved by the Federal Trade Commission soon, withoutfeatured

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Attorneys Call Lipsky “Force” for Getting Deals Done

Last week, Federal Trade Commission Acting Chair Maureen Ohlhausen announced that she had appointed Abbott “Tad” Lipsky, Jr. to be the acting director of the FTC’s Bureau offeatured

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