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07/06/22

Compass Lexecon was retained by counsel at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen, and Katz and K&L Gates to represent the parties in connection with II-VI’s acquisition of Coherent. The transaction combines two of the leading laser and optical components manufacturers in the...

05/20/21

In May 2021, the UK CMA cleared the £31.4 billion ($38.45 billion) transaction by which Liberty Global and Telefónica combine their British telecom operations Virgin Media and O2 in a joint venture. The deal brings together the UK's second-largest broadband...

12/30/20

In December 2020, the European Commission (‘EC’) conditionally cleared the $2.1 billion merger between Google and Fitbit, following a Phase II investigation. Google and Fitbit showed limited horizontal overlap in their activities, as Fitbit is a small player in the...

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...

12/08/19

In January 2019, the Swedish Loomis group announced the agreement to acquire the German cash handling company, Ziemann Sicherheit Holding GmbH (Ziemann). The €160 million transaction would combine the number two and three in cash handling services present in the...

11/01/19

In November 2019, the European Commission ("EC") approved the €868.6 million ($957 million) acquisition of Bonnier Broadcasting by Telia, subject to conditions, after a Phase II investigation. The investigation focused primarily on the parties' activities in the wholesale supply and...

09/18/19

Following a Phase-II investigation, the European Commission (“EC”) cleared the acquisition by E.ON of Innogy's distribution and consumer solutions business as well as certain electricity generation assets of Innogy, subject to conditions. This Transaction is part of an extensive asset...

08/09/19

In August 2019, the European Commission approved the transaction by which REWE acquired the sole control of Lekkerland. Both parties are active in the distribution of daily consumer goods. In all other countries in the EEA except Germany and Austria,...

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...

11/28/18

Following a Phase-II investigation, the European Commission (“EC”) unconditionally cleared the acquisition by T-Mobile NL, the Netherlands’ third largest mobile network operator (“MNO”), of its smaller rival Tele2 NL. The EC’s decision marks the first unconditional clearance of a 4-to-3...

09/06/17

In July 2017, the European Commission ("EC") announced an in-depth investigation into the $692 million transaction by which the German company Knorr-Bremse would acquire the Swedish firm Haldex. Knorr-Bremse and Haldex are two of the world's largest manufacturers of brake...

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...

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...

08/01/16

Compass Lexecon economists Thilo Klein and Agata Lewicka advised EconGas in antitrust litigation against Verbund AG before the Austrian Cartel Court. EconGas is a gas wholesaler belonging to the OMV Group, while Verbund AG is an Austrian electricity provider. The...

01/01/16

In January 2016, the European Commission ("EC") imposed fines on three firms for participating in a cartel for alternators and starters, thereby infringing Article 101 TFEU. Alternators and starters are important components of car engines. The Commission concluded that for...

09/20/15

In September 2015, the European Commission ("EC") cleared the merger between General Electric (GE) and Alstom (Thermal Power - Renewable Power & Grid Business), subject to conditions, after a Phase II investigation. The completion of the €9.7 billion ($10.6 billion)...

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...

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...

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...

03/01/14

In March 2014, the European Commission ("EC") fined six producers of automotive (car and truck) bearings for coordinating their pricing strategy vis-à-vis automotive customers for more than seven years across the EEA (Case COMP/39922). Automotive bearings are used by car,...

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,...

08/24/12

The Austrian Cartel Court appointed Compass Lexecon’s Thilo Klein to draft an expert report analyzing whether the acquisition of AVE Tierkörperverwertungs GmbH by Vivatis Holding AG was likely to create or strengthen a dominant position. The transaction combined two of...