Category Archives: Merger Control

Transactions (concentrations) subject to notification to and review by national competition authorities in the Nordics or the European Commission.

Rikard Jermsten on the SCA’s new power to block mergers

Photo: Rikard Jermsten, Director General, Swedish Competition Authority

We are very grateful to Rikard Jermsten, newly appointed Director General of the Swedish Competition Authority, for taking the time to give us his thoughts on the forthcoming changes to Sweden’s merger control regime. In office since September 2017, Jermsten will now lead the SCA into the new year and a new era for companies seeking merger clearance in Sweden. He gives us some insights below. Read more

NORDIC COMPETITION AUTHORITIES EXPAND CROSS-BORDER CO-OPERATION

Photo: Shutterstock

Photo: Shutterstock

It raised my interest as the Finnish Editor of Nordic Competition to read recently that Finland has signed the Nordic competition authorities’ co-operation agreement. I was keen to know why Finland, as a member to the European Competition Network (ECN) and after 15 years of Nordic co-operation, has now decided to enter into the agreement with the fellow Nordics and how this will impact advising clients in my jurisdiction. Here’s what I learned. Read more

Mobile Merger Cleared on Efficiency Grounds

Sweden-based telecoms group Telia secured last-minute approval of Norwegian acquisition

A number of recent European telecoms mergers have highlighted the difficulties in winning merger clearances on efficiency grounds, even where the deal would appear to give rise to obvious efficiencies. A number of mobile network operators, or MNOs, have claimed that joining forces with competing MNOs would give the scale necessary to undertake the very significant investments needed in network upgrades. Read more

INTERVIEW WITH FINLAND’S NEW HEAD OF MERGER CONTROL

Photo: The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority

The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) got a new head of merger control, Ms Sanna Syrjälä, at the beginning of 2017. In this interview with Nordic Competition, she urges parties to engage in early and realistic pre-notification discussions and highlights the increased significance of econometrics in effects analyses.

You have a background as a head of research in the FCCA’s department responsible for cartels and other behavioural competition law enforcement. Why did you choose to move your focus to merger control, and how will your experience be of use in your new position? Read more

2016: This happened in the Nordics

Here’s our roundup of the most interesting competition law developments in the Nordic countries in 2016.

Mergers

  • Non-compete clause. The Stockholm District Court found against the Swedish Competition Authority that a non-compete clause lasting five years did not constitute an infringement of competition rules by object, and was further unable to identify anti-competitive effects. As a result, the Court refused to impose the fines of around EUR 5 million that the SCA had requested. The Patent and Market Court will hear the authority’s appeal in September 2017.
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