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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...

03/18/19

In March 2019, the European Commission ("EC") closed its investigation into the licensing practices of a number of Hollywood studios and large European pay-TV broadcasters (Case AT.40023 'Cross-border access to pay-TV', initiated in January 2014) after the parties accepted legally...

01/01/19

In July 2016, the European Commission ("EC") concluded its investigation into collusive practices by heavy truck manufacturers and fined them for infringing Article 101 TFEU. The Commission found that Europe's largest truck makers (i.e., MAN, Volvo/Renault, Daimler, Iveco, DAF, and...

12/23/18

In December 2018, the European Commission approved the acquisition by which KME acquired MKM after a Phase II investigation. Both parties are suppliers of copper and copper alloy products. Compass Lexecon provided economic advice to MKM, advising mainly on the...

11/23/18

Compass Lexecon advised DS Smith, a manufacturer of paper and packaging products, on the acquisition of its competitor Europac, cleared by the European Commission. The parties mainly overlapped in the production of corrugated sheets and cases, with potential competitive issues...

05/29/18

Compass Lexecon provided economic advice and analysis in the $66 billion global acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer. Both Bayer and Monsanto are active in the supply of seeds and seed treatments, including those designed to work with patented seed traits....

08/18/17

During a State aid investigation by the European Commission, Compass Lexecon experts analyzed whether the economic agreement between the Polish government and Autostrada Wielkopolska S.A. ("AWSA"), the operator of the Polish A2 motorway, was at ‘market rate’ or whether it...

05/18/17

In May 2017, the European Commission approved the $7.4 billion acquisition of Baker Hughes by General Electric (GE) without remedies after a Phase I investigation. The newly formed BHGE combined the digital solutions and technology from GE with Baker Hughes'...

03/22/17

In March 2017, the UK Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) approved the $1.8 billion transaction by which U.S. based firm Diebold acquired German rival Wincor Nixdorf, after a Phase II investigation. Both Diebold and Wincor Nixdorf are producers of hardware...

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...

12/23/16

Compass Lexecon advised the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) during the Phase II merger investigation by the European Commission of SOCAR's acquisition of DESFA, the natural gas transmission operator in Greece, which was privatized as part of Greece's...

09/20/16

Over the course of a 10 month case, Compass Lexecon assisted counsel from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in securing required regulatory approvals in multiple countries for Marriott International Inc.’s merger with Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. This process...

08/16/16

Compass Lexecon experts provided economic advice to Apple Inc. during the European Commission’s State aid inquiry against Ireland (Opening Decision of 11 June 2014). The European Commission investigated whether decisions taken by tax authorities in Ireland, with regard to corporate...

07/22/16

In July 2016, the European Commission ("EC") approved the transaction by which EPH, a Slovakian energy Group, acquired a controlling share in Sloveske Elektrane (“SE”) from Enel SpA for €375 million. SE is the successor to the former state monopoly...

05/22/16

Compass Lexecon advised Baker Hughes during its proposed $28 billion merger with rival oilfield services provider, Halliburton. The acquisition of Baker Hughes by Halliburton would have combined the world's number two and number three oil service companies. The parties abandoned...

02/01/16

In February 2016, the UK Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) fined Actavis and other pharmaceutical companies in the context of its investigation of ‘reverse payments’ in the Paroxetine market. The investigation focused on whether payments from GlaxoSmithKline to IVAX, Generics...

03/06/15

In March 2015, the European Commission ("EC") conditionally approved the $12.4 billion transaction by which global automotive component manufacturer ZF Friedrichshafen ("ZF") would acquire competitor TRW Automotive Holdings ("TRW"). The deal would create the second-largest auto supplier globally, with ZF...

01/20/15

In January 2015, the European Commission ("EC") decided that the £16 billion support scheme of the UK Government to EDF Energy was compatible with EU State Aid regulation. The UK government had provided support of a proposed Contract for Differences...

05/16/14

Compass Lexecon experts assisted Airbus SAS to demonstrate that the State aid it received to save one of its subsidiaries from bankruptcy was compatible with the rescue and restructuring guidelines from the European Commission. We helped Airbus to allocate restructuring...

06/18/13

Compass Lexecon experts assisted the counsel of the National Bank of Greece ("NBG") in preparing submissions to the European Commission on the respective roles played by the Greek sovereign and the Greek banks (including NBG) in causing the Greek sovereign...

12/13/11

Seagate’s acquisition of Samsung’s Hard Disk Drive (HDD) business closed in December 2011 after announcements by several regulatory authorities that their investigations closed without any determination that the transaction would harm competition. The European Commission announcement occurred in October, and...

06/18/10

Compass Lexecon experts advised Bank of Ireland in relation to the State aid received during the financial crisis of 2007-2008. We helped the bank to prepare a Restructuring Plan that it was required to submit to the European Commission. In...