Archive for the 'mergers' Category

Takeover Panel tables M&A code overhaul – The Independent

“The Takeover Panel has moved a step closer to drastically overhauling its code as it seeks to remove the ‘tactical advantage’ for hostile bidders targeting UK companies.”

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The Independent, 22nd March 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Merger of Competition Commission and OFT meets with muted response – The Lawyer

“Competition lawyers have offered a lukewarm response to Government proposals to streamline and improve the UK’s competition regime.”

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The Lawyer, 16th March 2011

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Opponents of News Corp takeover of BSkyB consider judicial review – The Guardian

“An alliance of media groups opposed to News Corporation’s takeover of BSkyB, including BT and the publishers of the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph and Guardian, are considering seeking a judicial review of the government’s approval of the deal on Thursday.”

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ofcom ‘to review’ News Corp bid for BSkyB – BBC News

“The BBC has learned that Ofcom will be asked to review News Corporation’s bid for BSkyB once a formal offer is made.”

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BBC News, 15th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Competition Commission clears music biz merger – OUT-LAW.com

“The Competition Commission has given the all clear to a merger between two live music companies for the second time. Its first decision in the case was quashed by the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT).”

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th May 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Sky forced to slash ITV holding as court sets benchmark for corporate influence – OUT-LAW.com

“Pay TV company BSkyB has been told that it must follow the Competition Commission’s orders and sell over half of its stake in broadcaster ITV at a loss of around £500 million. The Court of Appeal backed the Commission’s ruling.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st January 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

British Sky Broadcasting Group plc and another v Competition Commission and another – WLR Daily

British Sky Broadcasting Group plc and another v Competition Commission and another [2010] EWCA Civ 2; [2010] WLR (D) 5

“In deciding whether or not the recommendation of the Competition Commission that a proposed merger should be prevented as contrary to the public interest, the Competition Appeal Tribunal was not required to exercise a greater intensity of judicial review than would be applied on a normal judicial review application. S 120(4) of the Competition Act 1998 required the appeal tribunal to apply the same principles as would be applied by a court on an application for judicial review. It would fly in the face of the section’s words if the tribunal, as a hyper-competent specialised tribunal, were required to undertake a more intensive review.”

WLR Daily, 21st January 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note that once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Sky ordered to sell down stake in ITV – The Guardian

“The court of appeal today ordered BSkyB to sell down its 17.9% stake in ITV.”

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The Guardian, 21st January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

UK competiton regulator rules against Ticketmaster, Live Nation merger – Daily Telegraph

“Britain’s competition authorities have provisionally ruled against the controversial mega-merger of ticketing giant Ticketmaster with the world’s largest concert promoter Live Nation.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th October 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Survey on the future provision of Library services

CHEMS Consulting is carrying out a feasibility study on behalf of the Inner and Middle Temple to investigate the potential benefits of merging their two libraries and creating a Joint Education and Advocacy Centre.

One element in the feasibility study is to assess what the demand for library services is on the part of the Bar, students and other members of the Inns, and how it is currently being met. Both Inns also want to consider what services a merged library should offer its users if a merger were to proceed.

A survey questionnaire has been developed by the consultants in order to get the views of Inner and Middle Temple members and tenants and other Library users. From 29th June to 17th July the survey was available in electronic form on the Inns’ web sites and in printed form in both Libraries. Members and tenants of both Inns were also emailed about the survey. The Inner Temple results are now available on the Library’s web site. To view the results of the survey click here.

Survey on the future provision of Library services

CHEMS Consulting is carrying out a feasibility study on behalf of the Inner and Middle Temple to investigate the potential benefits of merging their two libraries.

One element in the feasibility study is to assess what the demand for library services is on the part of the Bar, students and other members of the Inns, and how it is currently being met. Both Inns also want to consider what services a merged library should offer its users if a merger were to proceed.

In order to get the opinion of members, tenants and other Library users the consultants have developed a survey questionnaire. Click here to complete the survey.

Software acquisition anti-competitive, says regulator as partial sale is forced on Capita – OUT-LAW.com

“A software company must sell one of the divisions of a recently acquired former rival immediately or it will be forced to sell the whole company, the Competition Commission has ruled. The merger would damage competition in a specialised software market, it said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th June 2009

Source: www.out-law.com

Government ‘ripped up’ competition law to push through Lloyds merger with HBOS – The Times

“An activist group today accused Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling of ‘ripping up’ competition rules in pushing through the merger of HBOS and Lloyds TSB.”

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The Times, 8th December 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Enforced mergers in banking sector provide new headache for regulators – The Times

“Our correspondent examines the changing role that confronts the Office of Fair Trading.”

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The Times, 30th September 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk


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