Legislation Antitrust

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 28- The European Union has lifted a cap on Gazprom's use of the Opal pipeline in Germany which takes gas from its Nord Stream Baltic Sea pipeline to end-users in Germany and the Czech Republic, opening the way for Russia to expand Nord Stream's capacity and bypass Ukraine as a gas transit route. Together with a separate move to settle an antitrust case...

  • ROME, Oct 28- Italy's antitrust watchdog said on Friday it had opened a probe into whether messaging service WhatsApp obliged users to agree to sharing personal data with its parent company Facebook and imposed "unfair" conditions on users. WhatsApp said in August it would start sharing phone numbers with the social network, prompting European regulators to...

  • Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

    The AT&T-Time Warner merger raises questions of whether a deal this big will benefit consumers, Sen. Richard Blumenthal said.

  • *Sales up 3.7 pct to $12.48 bln vs est $11.96 bln. *Adjusted EPS profit $0.91 vs est. The $130 billion Dow-DuPont merger is being probed by regulators around the world, with EU antitrust officials expected to decide by Feb. 6 whether to approve it.

  • Sen. Blumenthal: Magnitude of ATT-TWX deal 'very different'

    Discussing the regulatory hurdles for the AT&T-Time Warner merger with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), former Connecticut Attorney General.

  • BRUSSELS Oct 26- Gazprom is finalising a deal with European Union regulators to end a five-year antitrust case and avoid fines, signaling a thaw in business relations between Moscow and Brussels despite tensions over Ukraine and Syria. The Russian state gas exporter, which supplies a third of the EU's gas, has been on the European Commission's radar since 2012,...

  • BEIJING/ ZURICH, Oct 25- State-owned Chinese chemicals group ChemChina is ready to offer more concessions to win European Union antitrust approval for its $43 billion bid for Swiss pesticide and seed group Syngenta, a source with direct knowledge of the process said. Bayer and Monsanto have not formally requested EU approval but the European Commission has to...

  • *Profit from cont ops 34 cents vs est. The $130- billion merger of Dow Chemical and DuPont is being scrutinized by regulators world over, with EU antitrust officials expected to decide the deal by Feb. 6. The company, which is looking to cut $1 billion of costs by the end of this year on a run-rate basis, said operating costs declined by $235 million in the three months...

  • Is AT&T-Time Warner deal a competitive threat?

    Christine Varney, former Assistant Attorney General, head of DOJ Antitrust division and former FTC Commissioner, discusses the antitrust and anti-competition worries surrounding the AT&T-Time Warner merger.

  • Baker Hughes, which in May abandoned a merger with closest rival Halliburton Co due to opposition from antitrust regulators, said total costs and expenses fell 31.2 percent in the third quarter ended Sept. 30. Net loss attributable to Baker Hughes widened to $429 million, or $1 per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. 30 from $159 million, or 36 cents per share, a...

  • BEIJING/ ZURICH, Oct 25- State-owned Chinese chemicals group ChemChina is ready to offer more concessions to win European Union antitrust approval for its $43 billion bid for Swiss pesticide and seed group Syngenta, a source with direct knowledge of the process said. Bayer and Monsanto have not formally requested EU approval but the European Commission has to...

  • BEIJING, Oct 25- Chinese state-owned chemicals company ChemChina is ready to offer more concessions to win European Union anti-trust approval for its $43 billion bid for Swiss pesticide and seed group Syngenta AG, a source with direct knowledge of the process said. Shares in Syngenta dived more than 9 percent on Monday after a European Commission spokesman...

  • Will regulators approve a ATT-TWC merger?

    Christopher Sagers, Cleveland State University law professor, discusses the possible antitrust complications of the AT&T-Time Warner merger.

  • The AT&T-Time Warner deal works in theory, but investment expert Ivan Feinseth is not so confident it will work in practice.

  • CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER OF U.S. SENATE JUDICIARY SUBCOMMITTEE ON ANTITRUST SAY COMMITTEE WILL "CAREFULLY EXAMINE" ANTITRUST ISSUES RAISED BY TIME WARNER AND AT&T MERGER.

  • David Solomon, Goldman Sachs

    The lack of transformative mergers and acquisitions may be due to increased caution among corporate boards, said a bank executive.

  • Cincinnati, Ohio- based Kroger's hesitation casts uncertainty on the future of the $9.4 billion Walgreens-Rite Aid deal, which need approval from antitrust authorities, who have pushed back against a number of large deals this year. The Federal Trade Commission has told Kroger it would not have the option to close and integrate Rite Aid stores that are near...

  • What's driving deal making?

    Robert Kindler, Morgan Stanley Vice Chairman and Global Head of M&A, discusses the current environment for mergers and acquisitions as well as what to expect from the likes of the Bayer/Monsanto deal or a potential Saleforce/Twitter deal.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 10- EU regulators who are investigating whether Alphabet unit Google is abusing its market power have has not extended their scrutiny to its tax deals with national authorities across Europe, the EU's antitrust chief said on Monday. Margrethe Vestager, who in recent months ordered Apple to pay up to 13 billion euros in back taxes to Ireland and...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 4- Amazon is talking to European Union antitrust regulators about settling a year-long investigation into its e-book deals with publishers without a fine, a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The move comes as Amazon is also under scrutiny over its tax deal with Luxembourg, which may result in the U.S. online retailer paying millions...