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Ministerial approval Miba/Zollern: A green industrial policy for medium-sized companies

Ministerial approval Miba/Zollern: A green industrial policy for medium-sized companies

Alea iacta est. Peter Altmaier has decided. Miba and Zollern may merge by ministerial approval. But: only under certain conditions. Maximilian Konrad took a closer look at the decision of the German Federal Minister of Economics published on 19 August 2019. A ministerial approval for medium-sized companies – what was going on again? Looking back you certainly remember (D’Kart reported here and here): The Austrian Miba AG and the Baden-Württemberg-based Zollern GmbH & Co. KG want to merge their business…

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Miba/Zollern: The next ministerial authorisation of a banned merger?

Miba/Zollern: The next ministerial authorisation of a banned merger?

A few days ago, German media surprised us with the fact that they had found something in a somewhat older edition of the Federal Gazette. An interesting discovery had been made: another application for ministerial approval had been submitted to the Ministry of Economics. This instrument of German antitrust law allows the Federal Minister of Economics to override a decision of the competition agency (Bundeskartellamt) on reasons of the common good. This is exciting for every antitrust lawyer, especially for…

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Next Level Competition Law: The Study that will serve as a basis for the reform of abusive practices in Germany (and Europe?)

Next Level Competition Law: The Study that will serve as a basis for the reform of abusive practices in Germany (and Europe?)

Germany is starting to prepare the next reform of its competition law. The first step in the process (expected to take up to two years) was to commission a study by renowned professors on the need to reform the norms on abusive practices. The study was presented to Peter Altmaier, Minister of Economic Affairs in Germany, on 4 September 2018. Rupprecht Podszun flipped through the 173 pages and gives a first impression of what lies ahead.   Whenever I think…

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