Competition law applies horizontally in all sectors, in addition to sector-specific regulation. Antitrust and merger control cases abound in the telecoms and media sectors, with significant cases also occurring in the postal sector. In addition, the rise of the data economy is challenging traditional approaches to assess market power.
Cullen International’s cross-sectoral Competition Law service tracks and analyses all of these developments, allowing you to prepare for the business risks and commercial opportunities presented by antitrust and merger control rules. Our English language database of unbiased national and EU case summaries is organised around ten categories of cases: eight covering different forms of abuse of dominance, plus those covering restrictive agreements and mergers.
Over ten weeks, we will share with you one case summary per week from each of these categories.
Stay tuned for our special case selection and let us surprise you with some cases you may not have known about! We trust you will find our case selection interesting.
Case 7: Temporary takeover of a failing firm
In our seventh case (from the category of mergers), the Croatian competition authority gave a conditional approval to the acquisition by incumbent Hrvatski Telekom of Optima, a competing fixed operator on the brink of bankruptcy (a failing firm).
Exceptionally, the concentration was only authorised for a four-year period, later prolonged to seven years.
16 July 18
New benchmark on advertised and actual broadband speed in the Americas
25 June 18
New research on initiatives to tackle illicit streaming devices in the Americas
Cullen International's latest research shows that preloaded streaming boxes have been banned in some Americas countries.
13 June 18
US Judge clears AT&T/Time Warner merger without conditions
After six weeks of litigation and a 20-month transaction for AT&T, Judge Richard Leon of the US District Court for the District of Columbia decided on 12 June 2018 that the acquisition of media conglomerate Time Warner by telecoms operator AT&T can go forward without any conditions or remedies.