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

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

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

Investors Pay Heed to NDRC on Chinese Outbound M&A

With additional reporting by Rachel Rigby – Investors are generally aware of the roles Chinese regulators such as the State Administration of Foreign Exchange and the Ministry of Commerce of the Government of the People’s Republic of China play in reviewing transactions. However, SAFE and Mofcom are less influential than the National Development and Reform … Read Morefeatured

Delays in South African Review of SABMiller/AB InBev Merger Might be Due to Rivals

The further extension recently secured by South Africa’s Competition Commission for its review of the SABMiller/Anheuser-Busch InBev merger could be due to complaints filed by stakeholders such as competing beer brewers, two local antitrustfeatured

Mofcom Approval of SABMiller/AB InBev Seen On Track

The Anheuser-Busch InBev acquisition of SABMiller is not expected to have any competition issues in China, even though the case is still under review, a competition lawyer and sources close to the situation told CTFN. A spokesperson for the Chinese anti-monopoly bureau Mofcom said, “The case of AB InBev acquiring SABMiller is now underfeatured

MOFCOM Fears Evident in SanDisk/Western Digital Spread

A fear that the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China will retaliate for the United States’ decision to review an investment by Unisplendour into Western Digital is creating an attractive spread in SanDisk/Western Digital, two hedge fund investors told CTFN. The U.S.-based disk drive and memory chip makers announced their intention to … Read Morefeatured

Brazil’s CADE Clears Fedex-TNT Deal

Brazilian regulator CADE unconditionally approved FedEx’s takeover of Dutch peer TNT Express Monday, concluding that “the transaction does not raise competition concerns in the markets analyzed.” The regulator had launched an in-depth investigation into the deal last September as it feared that the combination could reduce competition in the express delivery segment. CADE said that … Read Morefeatured

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AB InBev-SABMiller Face Scrutiny in Australia and China

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission could slow down the $110 billion merger of Leuven-based beer giant AB InBev with U.K. peer SABMiller, an analyst tells CTFN. According to Morningstar analyst Philip Gorham, the deal could raise serious antitrust concerns in Australia, where SABMiller owns Carlton & United Breweries, which it acquired in 2011 for … Read Morefeatured

China Postal Regulator May Request Remedies in FedEx-TNT Merger

China’s State Post Bureau, the government agency regulating China Post, is likely to push Mofcom to impose “behavioral” remedies on Fedex’s proposed acquisition of TNT, according to a CTFN source. Liyong Jiang, competition lawyer at Beijing-based Gaopeng & Partners said that the regulator, which according to the Chinese government website, is “responsible for supervising access … Read Morefeatured

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