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Friday, August 5, 2011
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Antitrust

  • Commission investigates luxury watch manufacturers
    5 August 2011
    The Commission has opened formal anti-trust proceedings to investigate an alleged refusal by several luxury watch manufacturers to supply spare parts to independent repairers, in breach of EU competition rules.
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Mergers

  • Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed merger between Deutsche Börse and NYSE Euronext
    4 August 2011
    The Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into the planned merger between Deutsche Börse and NYSE Euronext, two leading stock exchange groups active worldwide. The Commission’s initial market investigation indicated competition concerns in a number of areas, in particular in the field of derivatives trading and clearing.
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  • Commission approves acquisition of Belgian insurer Nateus by Bâloise of Switzerland
    3 August 2011
    The Commission has cleared the acquisition of insurance company Nateus of Belgium by rival Bâloise of Switzerland. The parties' activities overlap in particular with regard to the provision of transport insurance in Belgium. The Commission's examination showed that their combined market shares in this market were moderate and that a range of other insurance companies will competitively constrain the merged company.
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  • Commission approves acquisition of Swiss pharma company Nycomed by Takeda of Japan
    2 August 2011
    The Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition of pharmaceutical company Nycomed of Switzerland by rival Takeda of Japan. Both companies supply proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), a type of drug used to treat disorders related to acid secretion by the stomach. The Commission's examination showed that the combined market share of Takeda and Nycomed in Austria, Germany and Italy, where they both sell the product concerned, is not very high and that they will face competitive constraint from other players.
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  • Commission approves acquisition of security services company Niscayah by Securitas
    2 August 2011
    The Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition of the Niscayah Group by Securitas AB, both of Sweden. The Commission's investigation confirmed that the merged entity would continue to face competition from a number of competitors and that customers would still have sufficient alternative suppliers in all markets concerned.
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