e-Competitions Special Issue: Energy & Mergers

e-Competitions Special Issue: Energy & Mergers

FOREWORD

MERGERS IN THE ENERGY SECTOR: AN OVERVIEW OF EU AND NATIONAL CASE LAW
14 MARCH 2019

The first wave of EU intervention in energy markets (First and Second Energy Packages) concerned the liberalisation from public control and opening thereof to competition aiming to the establishment of an Internal Energy Market. During this period, access to energy infrastructure as a prerequisite for downstream competition had been highlighted as a necessary step for effective competition; a competition largely viewed as price-oriented under a narrowly defined consumer welfare concept. Subsequent sector regulation (in the form of the Third Energy Package) was combined with the intervention of EU Commission in energy markets through competition law tools as a means for accelerating sector-specific policy objectives.

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Michael Diathesopoulos

Diathesopoulos (Piraeus)

 MERGERS

The EU Commission opens an in-depth investigation concerning a merger in retail markets for electricity and gas (E.ON / Innogy)
7 MARCH 2019
European Commission  DG COMP (Brussels)
The Indian Competition Authority approves international gas company’s acquisition of 100% stake in 2 local liquified natural gas joint ventures (Shell Gas / HLPL Hazira LNG / HPPL Hazira Port)
6 DECEMBER 2018
Man Mohan Sharma  Vaish Associates, Advocates (New Delhi)
The Latvian Competition Authority fines a fuel retailer that submitted notification ten months after implementing a merger transaction for gun-jumping (Petrol Property / Vaizga)
26 OCTOBER 2018
Latvian Competition Authority  Konkurences padome (Riga)
The Portuguese Competition Authority clears a merger subject to remedies in the liquefied petroleum gas market (Repsol / Rubis)
27 SEPTEMBER 2018
Portuguese Competition Authority  Portuguese Competition Authority (Lisbon)
The German government opposes foreign investment in electrical infrastructure due to security concerns (State Grid Corp / 50Hertz)
27 JULY 2018
Jacques Buhart  McDermott Will & Emery (Paris)
Mai Muto  McDermott Will & Emery (Brussels)
Philip Bentley  McDermott Will & Emery (Brussels)
The Portuguese Competition Authority clears a merger between wind power electricity producers (New Finerge / Empreedimentos Eólicos do Rego / Eolcinf / Parque Eólico do Vale de Abade / Biowatt / Eolflor)
7 JUNE 2018
Eduardo Maia Cadete  Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados (Porto)
Frederico Machado Simões  Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados (Porto)
The South African Competition Commission publishes its recommendations for approving conditionally a merger in the market of petroleum (Sinopec / Chevron)
3 JANUARY 2018
Andreas Stargard  Primerio (Washington)
The Indian Government exempts Oil & Gas state owned enterprises from merger control
22 NOVEMBER 2017
Kalyani Singh  Chandhiok & Associates (New Delhi)
Vikram Sobti  Chandhiok & Associates (New Delhi)
Karan Singh Chandhiok  Chandhiok & Associates (New Delhi)
The EU Commission sends three separate statements of objections to companies alleging procedural breaches of the EU Merger Regulation (Merck / Sigma-Aldric ; GE / LM Wind ; Canon / Toshiba Medical Systems)
6 JULY 2017
Porter Elliott  Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
The US District Court rejects a „failing firm” defence and blocks the merger of nuclear waste disposal companies (EnergySolutions / Waste Control Specialists)
21 JUNE 2017
Mary Strimel  US Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

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