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    Anthem-Cigna discounts wouldn't be deep enough to force service cuts, Anthem economist says
    Author: Curtis Eichelberger
    1 Dec 16 | 23:30 GMT
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    If Anthem and Cigna are allowed to merge, the combined insurer could improve its provider discounts but not enough to force doctors and hospitals to cut back on their services, an economist for Anthem testified in the trial over the US Justice Department's antitrust challenge.
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    ​China's semiconductor M&A accounts for small share of global deals, senior scholar says
    Author: MLex Staff
    10 Nov 16 | 03:46 GMT
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    Despite concerns expressed in some countries about Chinese mergers and acquisitions in the semiconductor sector, they account for only a small proportion of global deals in the sector, said Ye Tianchun, director of the Institute of Microelectronics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.  
     
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    Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Siliconware Precision merger notified to Taiwan’s antitrust regulator
    Author: Xu Yuan
    18 Aug 16 | 04:17 GMT
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    The proposed merger of Taiwan’s top two integrated-circuit packaging and testing companies, Advanced Semiconductor Engineering and smaller rival Siliconware Precision Industries, has been filed to local antitrust authorities for review.
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    Chinese taxi-hailing company Didi Chuxing to acquire Uber China
    Author: MLex Staff
    1 Aug 16 | 10:36 GMT
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    Chinese taxi-hailing company Didi Chuxing announced today that it will acquire Uber China, the subsidiary of global taxi-hailing company Uber. Under terms of the transaction, Did will take over all of Uber China’s assets, including its brand, business and data in mainland China.
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    Comment: Cameron’s staff explored ‘Norway’ option for ‘Brexit’ (update*)
    Author: Matthew Newman
    8 Mar 16 | 16:59 GMT
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    A member of David Cameron’s staff met with officials from a trade association of four non-EU states to discuss the legal implications of membership of the group that would give Britain access to the European single market after leaving the bloc, MLex has learned. The UK prime minister has since suggested that the “Norway option” — outside of the EU but inside the European Free Trade Association — wouldn’t work for Britain.
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    ‘Brexit’ would increase merger, antitrust burdens for business, Fingleton says
    Author: Lewis Crofts
    29 Feb 16 | 11:47 GMT
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    Businesses active in Britain would face greater costs, more risk and potentially higher fines if the country left the EU, John Fingleton, former head of the UK’s competition authority said. Companies would have to comply with a separate UK regime for mergers and antitrust, while in substance the laws would remain the same, he speculated.
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    Changing energy industry raises employment problems for EU
    Author: Emily Waterfield
    27 Jan 16 | 16:47 GMT
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    Efforts to clean up power production will bring social problems linked to the closure of coal mines and a lack of renewable-energy expertise in Europe, senior EU officials have conceded. They plan to draft ideas for dealing with that jobs shift in a strategy paper due out in March.
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    US prosecution 'ruined me,' says Europe's first extradited cartel executive
    Author: Lewis Crofts*
    9 Dec 15 | 13:48 GMT
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    Romano Pisciotti was the first European businessman ever extradited to the US on cartel charges. The experience left him "totally ruined," he tells MLex in an interview. His story busts the myth that white-collar criminals get special treatment, and serves as a warning to others considering price fixing.
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    European regulator greets Silicon Valley with an olive branch
    Author: Mike Swift
    15 Sep 15 | 23:02 GMT
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    Giovanni Buttarelli, the European Union data protection supervisor, told MLex that his visit to Silicon Valley this week, which includes meetings with companies such as Uber Technologies and Google, is more about listening and learning than preaching. That stance was clear as Buttarelli began his circuit of Silicon Valley with an appearance at a technology policy forum Tuesday, opening with the words: "I’m not here to preach.”
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    Comment: RICO extraterritoriality may bring FIFA case to US Supreme Court
    Author: Leah Nylen
    4 Jun 15 | 18:03 GMT
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    In choosing to bring racketeering charges against FIFA officials and executives, US prosecutors have waded into a split between US courts as to whether the law can be used to challenge conduct that occurs abroad and how much of an alleged racketeering enterprise must take place within the US for the law to apply.
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