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IAG’s proposed Air Europa takeover sparks EU regulator's questions

By Natalie McNelis and Nicholas Hirst
  • 15 Jul 2020 11:11
  • 15 Jul 2020 11:11
Airlines competing with IAG and Air Europa on short-haul routes are fielding a preliminary stack of questions from the EU antitrust regulator on the impact of their planned merger, MLex has learned.

IAG, which owns British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus among other carriers, has not yet notified its plan to buy Air

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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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