Years: 2012

Compass Lexecon Expert Supports Successful Effort to Eliminate Ban on Exclusive Distribution of Cable-Affiliated Networks

On October 5, 2012, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Report and Order sunsetting the ban on exclusive contracts involving cable-affiliated programming networks, which had been in place since 1992. During the FCC’s proceedings on this topic, Compass Lexecon expert Mark Israel submitted a Declaration, on behalf of the … Continued

Court Refuses to Enjoin Apple’s Acquisition of AuthenTec

On September 25, 2012, Brevard County, Florida Circuit Court Judge Robert T. Burger denied Plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction of the proposed merger of AuthenTec, Inc. with Apple Inc., finding that Plaintiffs had failed to prove they would suffer irreparable harm, that there is no adequate remedy at law, … Continued

Universal’s Acquisition of EMI’s Recorded Music Business

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 the divestment of EMI’s Parlophone label and numerous other music … Continued

Zurich Re

Compass Lexecon affiliate David K.A. Mordecai testified on behalf of Zurich Re, a major reinsurance firm, in a multibillion dollar asbestos dispute with a bankruptcy trust. The dispute involved a complex arrangement which included excess of loss reinsurance, risk financing (in the form of both a stop-loss and loss portfolio … Continued

Tribunal Endorses Dr. Abdala’s Damages Testimony in ICC Case

A Compass Lexecon team led by Manuel A. Abdala as expert and managed by Santiago Dellepiane provided testimony before an ICC Tribunal which awarded ConocoPhillips a US$66.9 million award against Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A (PDVSA). The conflict involved a shareholders’ dispute over the parties’ former Petrozuata joint venture, a heavy … Continued

Buitenfood/Ad van Geloven Joint Venture

In September 2012, the Dutch competition authority, the NMa, approved the planned joint venture between Buitenfood and Ad van Geloven subject to a rebranding remedy for Van Dobben meatballs and croquettes. A Compass Lexecon team including Neil Dryden, Enrique Andreu, and Sergey Khodjamirian advised the parties. Compass Lexecon worked with … Continued

Vivatis/AVE Regau

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 the three Austrian operators of animal rendering plants. Compass Lexecon’s … Continued