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  • 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...

  • NEW YORK, July 3- Aetna Inc's $37 billion deal to buy smaller health insurer Humana Inc will face rigorous scrutiny from U.S. regulators, which antitrust experts said could also make other large-scale mergers in the sector more difficult. The deal follows weeks of intense discussions about potential combinations among the five biggest U.S. health insurers:...

  • NEW YORK, July 3- Aetna Inc's $37 billion deal to buy smaller health insurer Humana Inc will face rigorous scrutiny from U.S. regulators, which antitrust experts said could also make other large-scale mergers in the sector more difficult. The deal follows weeks of intense discussions about potential combinations among the five biggest U.S. health insurers:...

  • July 3- Health insurer Aetna Inc said it would buy smaller rival Humana Inc for about $37 billion in cash and stock, in the largest ever deal in the insurance industry. The combination will push Aetna close to Anthem Inc's No.2 insurer spot by membership, and would nearly triple Aetna's Medicare Advantage business. Antitrust authorities, who were aggressive in...

  • July 2- Mondelez International Inc said it was in talks with multiple parties for the sale of French coffee brand Carte Noire to address European antitrust concerns as it closed a deal with D.E Master Blenders to create the world's biggest standalone coffee company. The European Commission approved the Jacobs Douwe Egberts joint venture in May on a condition...

  • SAO PAULO, July 2- Brazil antitrust watchdog Cade opened on Thursday an investigation over alleged currency rigging by a group of 15 global banks, the first of its kind in one of the world's busiest foreign exchange markets. In a statement, Cade said the banks colluded to influence benchmark currency rates in Brazil by aligning positions and pushing...

  • GE meets EU regulators over Alstom power unit deal Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 6:28 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, July 2- General Electric met EU antitrust regulators on Thursday, hoping they will take a softer line on its 12.4- billion-euro bid for Alstom's energy unit. It has said it would be willing to give up some intellectual property rights related to some of Alstom's assets but not anything that would affect lucrative service revenue streams.

  • July 1- U.S. Justice Department antitrust lawyers have opposed Electrolux AB's plan to buy General Electric Co's household appliance business, a source familiar with the investigation told Reuters. The deal would double Electrolux's U.S. sales, putting it on a par with larger rival Whirlpool Corp. "Electrolux and GE continue to work actively with the...

  • MADRID, July 1- Power group UIL Holdings said on Wednesday it would quickly address regulators' concerns after its $3 billion takeover by Spain's Iberdrola was rejected by a U.S. antitrust watchdog in a preliminary decision. Iberdrola agreed in February to buy UIL to gain presence in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine and New York as part of an expansion plan in...

  • MADRID, July 1- Power group UIL Holdings said on Wednesday it would quickly address regulators' concerns after its $3 billion takeover by Spain's Iberdrola was rejected by a U.S. antitrust watchdog in a preliminary decision. Iberdrola agreed in February to buy UIL, a company with presence in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine and New York, to expand in the United...

  • NEW YORK, June 30- A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday said Apple Inc orchestrated a conspiracy with five publishers to increase e-book prices, in a victory for the U.S. Justice Department. By a 2-1 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court judge that the conspiracy violated federal antitrust law, and that the judge acted properly in...

  • NEW YORK, June 30- A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday said Apple Inc orchestrated a conspiracy with five publishers to increase e-book prices. By a 2-1 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court judge that the conspiracy violated federal antitrust law, and that the judge acted properly in imposing an injunction to prevent a...

  • BRUSSELS, June 29- Google Inc has been given until mid-August to head off EU charges of abusing its market power in a dozen EU countries and stave off a possible billion-euro fine. The European Commission in April accused Google of distorting search results to favour its shopping service, hurting both rivals and consumers. The EU enforcer said Google's...