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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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02/14/20

Compass Lexecon Expert Dr. Jorge Padilla Testifies Successfully at Trial On 13 February 2020, the Federal Court of Australia ruled in favor of Vodafone Hutchison Australia Pty Limited (VHA) and TPG Telecom Limited (TPG) against the ACCC, concluding that the...

07/11/19

On 27 June 2019, the European Commission unconditionally approved the acquisition of Red Hat by IBM at Phase I. The Commission’s clearance decision followed unconditional approvals by the U.S. Department of Justice and several other national competition authorities. The $34...

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)....

11/22/18

In November 2018, the European Commission cleared the $71 billion merger between The Walt Disney Company ("TWDC") and 21st Century Fox, subject to conditions. Compass Lexecon provided our client, TWDC, with a competitive assessment of its acquisition of 21st Century...

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...

07/22/18

In July 2018, the European Commission cleared the transaction between American Express Global Business Travel (Amex GBT) and Hogg Robinson Group (HRG), two global corporate travel management companies, which was announced in February 2018. Compass Lexecon analyzed the competitive effects...

05/22/18

In May 2018, the European Commission unconditionally approved the merger between Prysmian and General Cable. Both parties are active in the development, manufacturing, and supply of cables used in the energy and telecommunications industries. Compass Lexecon assisted Prysmian during the...

03/18/18

In March 2018, the Court of Amsterdam ruled that the conduct of our client NVM (the Dutch Association of Real Estate Brokers) did not distort competition in the downstream market, following a complaint by rival real estate trade association VBO....

08/18/17

Our experts published a public report on the economic impact of technical standards, looking at how different approaches (e.g., broad standard-setting organizations, or large vertically-integrated, or government standards) lead to different technological and economic outcomes. We reviewed the economic literature...

04/07/17

In April 2017, the European Commission unconditionally cleared in Phase I the acquisition of the printer business of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd (Samsung) by HP Inc. (HP). The $1.05 billion transaction was also under scrutiny in other jurisdictions around the...

03/18/17

In March 2017, Coca Cola completed its acquisition of Mexico-based AdeS from Unilever for $575 million. AdeS is a business line of Unilever and it is the leading soy-based beverage brand in Latin America. As the transaction required filing in...

03/14/17

In March 2017, the European Commission unconditionally approved the acquisition by Siemens of wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa after a Phase I investigation. Both firms were active in the manufacturing of onshore and offshore wind turbines, and the acquisition created a...

03/07/17

Compass Lexecon has been advising UPS, the world’s largest package delivery company, during the European Commission (”EC”) investigation of its proposed acquisition of TNT. Compass Lexecon experts Enrique Andreu, Jorge Padilla and Nadine Watson developed and presented an econometric price-concentration...

01/03/17

Compass Lexecon advised Deutsche Börse during the European Commission’s investigation of its proposed merger with the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG). The proposed merger would have combined the activities of two of the largest financial infrastructure groups in Europe, which...

09/01/16

In September 2016, the European Commission conditionally cleared the joint venture between the Italian mobile telecoms operators Hutchison 3G Italy and Wind (a subsidiary of Vimpelcom). The transaction combined the fourth and third largest Italian mobile network operators and created...

01/22/16

In January 2016, the European Commission approved the $830 million transaction by which Amadeus acquired Navitaire, after a Phase I investigation. Both parties are active worldwide in the provision of Passenger Service Systems and IT tools used by airlines to...

01/15/16

Compass Lexecon experts provide oral and written evidence in complex merger On January 15, 2016, the UK's Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") unconditionally cleared the acquisition by BT Group plc ("BT") of EE Limited ("EE"). The £12.5 billion acquisition combines...

12/23/15

Compass Lexecon teams in Washington, DC and Madrid supported Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, Uría Menéndez and Bowman Gilfillan, outside counsel for Grupo FerroAtlántica, and Latham & Watkins LLP, outside counsel for Globe Specialty Metals in seeking approval of Grupo...

12/20/15

In December 2015, the Hellenic Competition Commission ("HCC") completed its investigation and unanimously concluded that Athenian Brewery, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Heineken NV, had abused its dominant position. It imposed a record fine of €26.7 million on the company. The...

09/08/15

In September 2015, the Competition Tribunal of South Africa concluded that media firm Media24 had engaged in exclusionary behavior as it priced below the average total costs of its newspaper and in addition, had a plan of predation, thereby foreclosing...

09/01/15

Compass Lexecon advised mobile network operator (MNO) Hi3G Denmark during the European Commission’s investigation of the proposed joint venture between the Danish MNOs TeliaSonera and Telenor. Following the transaction, the new entity and telecommunications incumbent TDC would have formed a...

07/17/15

In June 2015, the Competition Appeal Court of South Africa (the CAC) absolved Sasol Chemical Industries of the excessive pricing complaint against it. In doing so, the CAC overturned the decision of the Competition Tribunal. Compass Lexecon initially advised Sasol...

06/29/15

On June 29, 2015, the European Commission unconditionally approved the $7.8 billion acquisition by Siemens of Dresser-Rand after an in-depth (“Phase-II”) investigation. The transaction between one of the world’s largest industrial firms (Siemens) and one of the leading manufacturers of...

10/20/14

In October 2014, the French Competition Authority ("FCA") cleared the €17 billion acquisition of SFR by Numericable, a subsidiary of Altice Group, subject to remedies, after a Phase II investigation. The transaction combined the second-largest mobile and broadband services operator...

05/23/14

In May 2014, the European Commission cleared the acquisition by Hutchison 3G of Telefónica Ireland, subject to remedies, after a Phase II investigation. The transaction combined two of the four mobile communications network operators (“MNOs”) in the Irish market. The...

12/12/12

In December 2012, the European Commission cleared the acquisition by Hutchison 3G of Orange Austria, subject to remedies. The transaction combined two of the four mobile communications network operators in the Austrian market. The clearance followed a Phase II investigation,...

11/22/12

In November 2012 the European Commission approved the acquisition by Glencore of Xstrata, subject to conditions. The transaction combines the world’s leading metals and thermal coal trader with the world’s fifth largest metals and mining group. The clearance is conditional...

09/21/12

In September 2012, the European Commission cleared Universal’s acquisition of EMI’s recorded music business, subject to conditions. The merger brought together two of the four so-called global ‘major’ record companies, leaving only three majors. The clearance was made conditional upon...

06/29/12

In April 2012, the European Commission cleared Sony’s acquisition of EMI’s music publishing business, subject to conditions. The merger creates the largest business of its kind and reduces the number of so-called global ‘major’ publishing companies from four to three....

05/17/12

In May 2012, the UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT) closed an investigation into outdoor advertising. The OFT had opened a competition investigation into street furniture advertising contracts held by Clear Channel and JC Decaux following its 2011 market study...