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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

GE/Honeywell: The U.S. Merger that Europe Stopped - A Story of the Politics of Convergence

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

Fox_2Eleanor Fox of NYU School of Law just posted her chapter in her forthcoming edited volume of Antitrust Stories (co-authored with Dan Crane) of the most contentious trans-Atlantic merger of all time, GE/Honeywell.  Her chapter is titled GE/Honeywell: The U.S. Merger that Europe Stopped - A Story of  the Politics of Convergence.  Fox's description and analysis of this story is a real page turner and helps to shed light on a case that we continue to discuss as much for its political implications as for its antitrust analysis.  To date, we have yet to see trans-Atlantic divergence since GE/Honeywell.  However, the European Court of First Instance will issue its ruling on the Microsoft Case (due September 17) and we may see trans-Atlantic fireworks again.  I will not speculate at the moment about the forthcoming Microsoft ruling but will note that there were some troubling elements to the initial EU Microsoft decision. 

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