10 competition law cases you should know about - Case 7: Temporary takeover of a failing firm 09 October 17

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.

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