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  • EU to probe FedEx takeover of Dutch rival TNT Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 9:38 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union is opening an in-depth probe into whether FedEx's proposed $4.9 billion takeover of Dutch company TNT would strangle competition in the massive market for small package deliveries. EU Antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said Friday she had to "make sure that FedEx's takeover of TNT would not impede effective competition and...

  • Cigna CEO: Anthem merger brings choices Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 9:15 AM ET
    Cigna CEO: Anthem merger brings choices

    David Cordani, Cigna Corp. president & CEO, discusses antitrust questions that have surfaced around its pending deal with Anthem. And Cordani weighs in on drug affordability and containing prices.

  • PARIS, July 27- Alstom is to accept 300 million euros less than previously agreed for its power turbines unit from General Electric as a contribution to the U.S.-based buyer's efforts to win antitrust clearance in Europe. The last-minute 2.4 percent discount to the previously agreed 12.35 billion euro deal is the latest in a series of knocks Alstom...

  • Alstom to take $333M hit to help GE sale through Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 12:54 PM ET
    A convoy carrying a turbine produced by General Electric in transit to a gas power plant at the Alstom site in Belfort, France on June 29, 2015.

    Alstom is to accept a $333 million reduction in the price it will get for selling its power turbines unit to General Electric.

  • Alstom to take 300 mln eur hit to help GE sale through Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 12:22 PM ET

    PARIS, July 27- Alstom is to accept a 300 million euro reduction in the price it will get for selling its power turbines unit to General Electric as a contribution to the U.S. firm's efforts to get antitrust clearance in Europe. "In order to support General Electric in its offering of a comprehensive set of remedies addressing the concern of the Commission, Alstom's...

  • That's how many big companies could remain after the proposed combinations of Anthem with Cigna and Aetna with Humana, and experts say it would at a minimum bring close scrutiny of the deals. At only three companies, "The agencies' ears tend to perk up," said Allen Grunes, who led merger investigations at the Justice Department as an antitrust attorney.

  • UPDATE 1-AT&T profit beats Street on customer additions Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 4:40 PM ET

    The company, which in May last year offered to buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion to create the largest U.S. pay TV company, is close to wrapping up its deal as U.S. telecom and antitrust regulators signaled a green light for the merger. Last month, the company had extended the "termination date" of the merger agreement with DirecTV for "a short period of time," the second time...

  • Brazil regulator approves Delta Air Lines, Gol deal Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 8:09 AM ET

    SAO PAULO, July 23- Brazil's antitrust watchdog Cade approved with no restrictions a $446 million agreement between U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines Inc and Brazil's Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA to expand their alliance. Under the deal announced earlier this month, Delta will increase its share in Gol to about 10 percent from its current 3 percent as the...

  • BRUSSELS— The European Union on Thursday launched an antitrust case against six major U.S. movie studios and British satellite broadcaster Sky UK, in a move that could profoundly shake up the highly lucrative pay-television market in Europe. The EU's executive Commission has sent a so-called statement of objections to the companies regarding what it says...

  • WASHINGTON, July 21- AT&T Inc is close to wrapping up its deal to buy DirecTV as U.S. telecom and antitrust regulators signaled a green light for the $48.5 billion merger that would create the country's largest pay-TV company. AT&T and the FCC have spent recent weeks negotiating the conditions of the deal that combines the No. 2 wireless carrier with the largest...

  • Justice Department gives nod to AT&T-DirecTV merger Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 6:34 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, July 21- AT&T Inc has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion, an acquisition that will combine the country's No. 2 wireless carrier with the largest satellite-TV provider, the Justice Department said on Tuesday.

  • BRUSSELS, July 20- European Union antitrust regulators have opened an in-depth investigation into whether U.S. drinks can maker Ball Corp's 4.4 billion pound offer for Britain's Rexam Plc will lead to higher prices for companies and consumers. The deal, announced in February, would combine the world's two largest beverage can makers by volume, controlling...

  • BRUSSELS/ FRANKFURT, July 16- European Union antitrust regulators are investigating whether one of the world's biggest chipmakers, Qualcomm, uses illegal tactics to shut out rivals, six years after slapping a record 1 billion euro fine on Intel for a similar offence. Qualcomm has been feeling the heat from regulators in Europe, the United States, China, Japan and...

  • BRASILIA, July 15- Brazil's investigation of an alleged currency cartel formed by 15 of the world's largest banks could expand to more financial institutions but it is unlikely to result in trading bans, the head of antitrust watchdog Cade told Reuters on Wednesday. Vinicius Carvalho, making his first public comments on the investigation, said the case was...

  • EXCLUSIVE-EU ANTITRUST REGULATORS TO APPROVE IAG'S 1.3 BLN EURO TAKEOVER OF AER LINGUS WITH CONDITIONS- SOURCE.

  • MEXICO CITY/ NEW YORK, July 9- Mexico's largest airline, Grupo Aeromexico, is at the center of a price and market-fixing investigation being led by the country's competition authority, which conducted a dawn raid on the airline's head office earlier this year, two people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The carrier is part of the SkyTeam Alliance, has...

  • BRUSSELS, July 9- EU regulators accused MasterCard Inc on Thursday of levying excessive fees when cards issued outside the European Union are used within the bloc, saying they raise the price of goods and services for all. The EU has already taken MasterCard to task over its cross-border interchange fees within Europe. MasterCard capped those fees in 2009 after...

  • Aeromexico at heart of Mexico collusion probe - sources Thursday, 9 Jul 2015 | 11:41 AM ET

    MEXICO CITY/ NEW YORK, July 9- Mexico's largest airline, Grupo Aeromexico, is at the center of a price and market-fixing investigation being led by the country's competition authority, which conducted a dawn raid on the airline's head office earlier this year, two people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The carrier is part of the SkyTeam Alliance, has...

  • NEW YORK, July 6- Aetna Inc's chief executive said Monday he was confident an antitrust review of the health insurer's proposed purchase of smaller rival Humana Inc would allow the deal to close in the second half of 2016, seeking to allay investor concerns. Mark Bertolini said Aetna had already prepared for possible divestitures to address overlaps with...

  • REUTERS BUSINESS NEW SCHEDULE AT 1500 GMT/11 AM ET Monday, 6 Jul 2015 | 11:06 AM ET

    NEW YORK- Aetna Inc Chief Executive Officer Mark Bertolini says he is confident that an antitrust review of its proposed purchase of Humana Inc will allow the deal to close in the second half of 2016, seeking to allay investor concerns of significant regulatory hurdles. ATHENS/ FRANKFURT- Greece's outspoken finance minister resigns, removing a major obstacle...