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Compass Lexecon has been involved in many of the largest and most complex antitrust litigation and financial market cases over the past 30 years.

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01/06/21

On 21 December 2020, the European Commission approved the proposed $52bn (£38bn) merger between automotive companies Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (‘FCA') and Peugeot S.A. (‘PSA') following a Phase II investigation, subject to conditions. Both companies are active worldwide, with a...

02/17/20

Paris Commercial Court relies on Compass Lexecon analysis in rejection of damages claims. In February 2020, the Paris Commercial Court fully rejected all damages claims of distribution companies that were brought against dairy manufacturers before the Consular Court. These damages...

12/18/18

After an in-depth Phase II investigation, the European Commission approved Thales' €4.8 billion acquisition of Netherlands-based digital security firm Gemalto subject to conditions, in December 2018. The companies overlapped in the production of encryption software and hardware security modules (HSMs)....

10/19/18

In December 2017, the European Commission unconditionally approved the transaction between French aerospace equipment suppliers Safran and Zodiac Aerospace after a Phase I investigation. The merger, creating the world’s third-largest aerospace supplier, required clearance in various jurisdictions, including the European...

06/22/18

In June 2018, the French Competition Authority approved the acquisition by Cofigeo of the prepared meal activity of William Saurin, subject to the divestment of one brand and production capacity, following a Phase II investigation. The merger involved the two...

03/21/17

In March 2017, the French Competition Authority ("FCA") closed an investigation into an abuse of dominant position by the French gas supplier Engie after accepting proposed commitments. Engie did not contest the findings of the FCA and requested a settlement...

02/06/17

In January 2015, the French competition authority ("AdIC") claimed that some car rental companies had infringed competition law by sharing monthly information relating to (I) revenue, (III) the number of contracts signed, (III) market shares, and (IV) average contract value...

10/26/16

Compass Lexecon was hired by Wabtec and Faiveley, manufacturers of train equipment, to advise the merging parties in the review by the European Commission of their proposed merger. We analyzed the potential extent of unilateral effects in various product lines,...

07/18/16

In July 2016, the French competition authority cleared the merger between white-goods retailer Darty and retailer FNAC subject to conditions, after a Phase II investigation. Compass Lexecon advised Darty during the process of the acquisition. We assessed the potential competitive...

06/01/16

Compass Lexecon was hired by a third party to assess the competitive effects of the attempted acquisition of Metrobus, a supplier of outdoor advertising in subways and train stations, by JCDecaux, a worldwide leader in outdoor advertising that is particularly...

02/22/16

After a Phase II investigation, the European Commission cleared in February 2016 the €1.325 billion transaction by which Belgian cable operator Telenet, a subsidiary of Liberty Global, would acquire mobile network operator Base Belgium. As Telenet also offered fixed and...

02/04/16

Compass Lexecon was hired by a third party to analyze the competitive effects of the proposed transaction between Liberty Global, a cable operator and MVNO in Belgium and BASE, a mobile operator. During Phase I we submitted a report to...

12/21/15

In December 2015, the French Competition Authority ("FCA") fined 20 courier companies a combined €672 million ($739 million or £488 million) for fixing price increases for parcel delivery services in France for six years. The information-sharing process, which occurred between...

12/01/15

In the context of an investigation by the European Commission (EC) regarding allegedly collusive practices of a number of investment banks relating to the potential on-exchange trading of Credit Default Swaps (CDS), a Compass Lexecon team in the Paris office...

11/02/15

Following an Article 101 infringement decision by the European Commission relating to car glass manufacturers, insurance company HUK Coburg claimed compensation for alleged damages before the Dusseldorf Regional Court, on the ground that HUK allegedly incurred excessive costs upon reimbursing...

07/01/15

The French competition authority sanctioned power cable manufacturers in 2007 for bid rigging practices infringing Article 420.1 of the French code de commerce/EU Article 101, in the context of two successive tenders organized by EDF. EDF claimed damages before a...

06/23/15

The Belgian Competition Authority (“BCA”) investigated putative anticompetitive practices of the electricity operator Electrabel in the Belgian wholesale day-ahead market. BCA expressed concerns that Electrabel had abused its dominant position by physically withdrawing capacities (for example, through plant maintenance) and/or...

11/22/14

In 2012, the French Competition Authority (“FCA”) sanctioned flour producers for a cartel involving market sharing between France and Germany, as well as for setting up a commercialization joint venture (“JV”). Compass Lexecon experts submitted an expert report in the...

10/20/14

In September 2014, the French Competition Authority ("FCA") approved the acquisition of Groupe Duroux by Alkern. Both parties are manufacturers of concrete products. Compass Lexecon provided assistance to Alkern. We provided a market definition and unilateral effects analysis. The team...

07/07/11

On July 7, 2011, following a two-year investigation and regulatory proceedings, Autorité de la Concurrence, the French NCA, issued a decision regarding the level of card and ATM interchange fees applied by Groupement des Cartes Bancaires (GCB) for card payment...

05/05/11

On May 5, 2011, the European Commission (EC) cleared without conditions the proposed combination of Citrovita (Votorantim group) and Citrosuco (Fisher group) to form the world’s largest wholesale supplier of orange juice. Unconditional clearance was awarded after an in-depth, Phase...

03/31/11

On March 31, 2011, the Tribunal de Commerce de Paris ruled on a dispute opposing France Télécom, the French incumbent telecommunications operator, and Numericable. Numericable claimed damages ranging from €157 million to €1.5 billion as compensation for the presumed effects...