German Antitrust Watchdog Seeks Tougher Merger Rule Reforms

Law360, New York (June 26, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT) -- Germany's antitrust watchdog on Tuesday backed efforts to bring the country's merger rules into line with European Union practice, but warned that the proposed reforms would likely lead to increased media concentration and still left significant loopholes for cartel violators to escape sanctions.

On the whole, the Federal Cartel Office said it approved of the reform package that is currently making its way through the German Parliament. Still, the agency cited a number of concerns about how the measure would apply to different industries — including...
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