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‘Killer acquisitions’ can be tackled later as dominance abuse, EU court opinion says in TowerCast case

By Natalie McNelis
  • 13 Oct 2022 13:24
  • 13 Oct 2022 19:50
Acquisitions that have escaped merger control can be tackled after the fact through rules prohibiting abuse of dominance, according to a legal opinion prepared for the EU’s highest court today.

Advocate General Juliane Kokott's nonbinding opinion (see here) moves the needle on an ongoing debate about how antitrust authorities can capture “killer acquisitions” —

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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.

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