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The European clash over regulating killer acquisitions; the White House takes on corruption
17 December 2021 00:00
Killer acquisitions are back on the agenda — and it’s disrupting the European Union’s review of an acquisition by Meta, the parent company of Facebook. Germany’s competition regulator has decided to do its own review of this deal, creating a rift with the European Commission, which was well advanced in its own analysis. Why the differences? It’s all about how best to catch killer acquisitions — that is, when an established tech company acquires a fledgling startup to neutralize a future competitor. Also on the podcast: the United States Strategy on Countering Corruption. The latest offering from the Biden Administration is laying out some nuts-and-bolts initiatives to fight corruption. But how new are these initiatives?
Meta’s Kustomer deal puts EU antitrust’s 'one-stop shop' principle under strain
Administration plan to fight corruption rests on staid principles, adds new initiatives
James Panichi Senior Editor, Asia Pacific
James, an Australian journalist with over 25 years’ experience in print and electronic media, helps to oversee MLex’s coverage of regulatory risk in Asia, with special attention to Australia and New Zealand. In 2016, James was appointed as MLex’s managing editor for continental Europe, overseeing the Brussels bureau’s coverage of EU regulatory affairs and managing a team of 16 journalists in Brussels and Geneva. Previously James worked for the European Voice newspaper, before joining the... Read more
Nicholas Hirst Chief Correspondent
Nicholas covers EU merger review and antitrust investigations for Mlex in Brussels. He previously wrote about EU affairs for Politico Europe, European Voice and PaRR. After earning an LLM in European law from the College of Europe in Bruges, he spent a year working in the competition practice of a leading competition law firm in Brussels 2009-10. He graduated in modern European languages from Oxford University in 2006.