Month: September 2014

Evolution of Regulatory Roles

The regulatory landscape continues to evolve with the change being the only constant. Its been a legislative journey from the “command and control” mindset that prevailed at the time of “Licence Raj” to a more modem regulatory regime with the objective to enhance consumer welfare through sustaining competition in the marketplace. In this globalized era, …

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The Sun-Ranbaxy Merger

Sun-Ranbaxy USD 4 billion merger completed The two firms have received a nod from the Competition Commission for sale of seven brands to Emcure Pharma to comply with the fair trade watchdog’s conditional nod for their merger. In an order issued yesterday, CCI approved the deal with Emcure, which would purchase the ‘divestment products’ that …

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Life in Antitrust Times

What is Antitrust Law? With their potential for multimillion dollar damage awards as well as their potential for restructuring entire industries (such as the telecommunications or petro-chemical industries), antitrust cases are complex high-stakes cases that often make front page news. Antitrust law was responsible for the breakup of the Standard Oil Company into numerous competitors …

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CCI On Car Industry

Competition Concerns – A Viewpoint : Exclusive distribution agreements tend to reduce intra-brand competition while refusing access to the market at large. Certain Branding agreements do not operate with the objective of restricting competition unless the supplier’s market position enables him to prevent other competitors from selling (as elaborated in EU Vertical Guidelines). Vertical agreements …

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BSNL Getting Ready for a Makeover with the showstopper none other that the telecom guru, Sam Pitroda!

Can BSNL be competitive in a space dominated by private players? Yes, according to a recent Pitroda committee report which says: “Bold initiatives and hard decisions can once again position BSNL as the dominant player in telecom – by profit, revenue, market share, technology, services and social relevance.” According to the report, these ‘bold initiatives’ …

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India’s smartphone wars: Google’s “Android One” adds to Samsung’s worries

Market Perspective A major strategy rethink for low to mid-tier products is now in order for the world’s biggest phone maker and top seller in India, analysts say, particularly as Samsung is also losing share to Apple Inc (AAPL.O) at the higher-end. Samsung -holding Standard Essential Patents( SEPs) Samsung owns SEPs related to various mobile …

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