Antitrust Regulations in a Global Setting: The EU Investigation of the Ge/Honeywell Merger
Posted: 30 Sep 2005
Date Written: December 23, 2003
SUBJECT AREAS: Antitrust laws, Business government relations, Competition, Industrial policy, Mergers, Regulatory agencies
CASE SETTINGS: Brussels; Aerospace Industry; 2001
Helps students understand the principles underlying competition and antitrust policy in the context of the proposed GE-Honeywell merger. The U.S. Department of Justice has already approved the transaction and it is being considered by the European Commission. The Competition Commissioner, Mario Monti, must analyze the economic consequences of the proposed merger and evaluate how it will affect competitors, customers, and product markets. He must also address key policy choices. In understanding the nuances of the transaction, students identify different sources of value and must confront the question of whether the efficiencies generated enhance social welfare in the long run. The decision of whether to approve the merger, and on what terms, provides students with insights into the complexities of operating under multiple regulatory regimes.
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