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Comment: EssilorLuxottica-GrandVision draws rare EU charges over a vertical deal

By Andrew Boyce and Nicholas Hirst
  • 09 Jun 2020 09:14
  • 09 Jun 2020 09:14

EssilorLuxottica has taken the European Commission into uncharted waters after the EU regulator took the rare step of issuing formal charges against a “vertical” merger.

While the commission has in recent years paid increasing scrutiny to deals which combine companies at different levels of a supply chain, few companies have

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Andrew Boyce


Andrew is a reporter covering merger reviews and competition policy for MLex in Brussels. He joined MLex in 2015 and holds a degree and a master’s degree in history from the University of Liverpool.

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.

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