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Comment: Retail-sector M&A deals divide European regulators over buyer power

By Natalie McNelis and Nicholas Hirst
  • 23 Dec 2020 10:33
  • 23 Dec 2020 10:40
Is a powerful company bullying its suppliers good or bad for consumers? That question — a particularly thorny one for competition enforcers — has been at the heart of several M&A reviews in Europe.
Different responses provided by the EU last month (see here) and German regulators yesterday (see here) shed fresh light on how

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Natalie McNelis

Senior Correspondent

Natalie McNelis covers mergers for MLex in Brussels. Before joining MLex in 2017, she spent 20 years as an international trade and competition lawyer in law firms including Stibbe and WilmerHale. Natalie has a BA in English from Mount Holyoke College, a JD from Harvard Law School and an LLM in EU law from KU Leuven. She is admitted to the bar in New York.

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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