Experts

Cristina Caffarra

Vice President, Head of European Competition Practice
+44-20-7664-3700, +32-2-627-1400

Cristina Caffarra - Engagements

European competition
A lawsuit in which ALSTOM and co-defendants ABB and Siemens were being sued by National Grid in the UK has settled. Read more
European competition
After a year-long deliberation, on 8 August 2012 the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) announced its decision in the appeal of BSkyB against the Ofcom 2010 Pay-TV Decision. Read more
European competition
CRA advised AEG (owner/operator of The O2 Arena and other live entertainment venues in the UK, Europe and across the world) through the Competition Commission's investigation of its acquisition of the lease to operate Wembley Arena. Read more
Antitrust & Competition, European competition
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European competition
On 28 August 2013, the UK Competition Commission issued its final report confirming its provisional finding that Ryanair's minority shareholding in Aer Lingus has led or may be expected to lead to a substantial lessening of competition on... Read more
European competition
On 23 May 2012 the UK Competition Commission issued revised Provisional Findings in its investigation of Movies on Pay TV. Read more
European competition
Germany's Cartel Office and the UK CMA have both unconditionally cleared the acquisition of Veyance Technologies Inc by Continental AG, which overlap in the manufacture of certain automotive parts. Both agencies focused on the impact of the... Read more
European competition
A UK lawsuit in which Dow was being sued by tyre producers (Bridgestone, Continental, Cooper, Michelin and Pirelli) has settled. Read more
Antitrust & Competition, European competition
The Commission has decided to close its investigation into 13 investment banks suspected of anticompetitive conducts into the credit default swap market. The statement of objections adopted in July 2013 by the Commission had initially raised... Read more
European competition
The Commission has accepted the legally binding commitments offered by four publishers and Apple for sale of e-books. Read more
Antitrust & Competition, European competition
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European competition
On 18 December 2013, the European Commission closed its investigation of Deutsche Bahn Energie's (DBE) pricing of traction current (the 16.7 MHz electricity used to power trains and delivered on a specialized railway electricity network). Read more
The European Commission has approved Baxter's acquisition of Swedish medical technology rival Gambro, subject to the divestment of Baxter's Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy business (CRRT). Read more
On June 20, 2013, the European Commission approved Delta Airlines' proposed acquisition of a 49% minority shareholding in Virgin Atlantic, completing its Phase I investigation. Read more
The European Commission has conditionally cleared three interconnected deals between Novartis and GSK: the acquisition by Novartis of GSK's oncology business, the sale of Novartis' vaccine business (except influenza) to GSK, and a JV... Read more
European competition
On February 27, 2013, the European Commission prohibited Ryanair's proposed acquisition of Aer Lingus after an in-depth investigation. Read more
European competition
On July 10, 2013, the European Commission imposed fines totalling €141.8m on suppliers of wire harnesses Yazaki, Sumitomo, Furukawa, S-Y Systems Technologies and Leoni. Read more
Life Sciences
Antitrust & Competition
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European competition
The European Commission has cleared the combination of INEOS's and Solvay's activities in PVC and related products, subject to the divestment of several plants. Read more
European competition
The European Commission has cleared Liberty Global's acquisition of Dutch cable-TV operator Ziggo, subject to the divestment of one premium TV movie channel and commitments to ensure network access to broadcasters delivering content via... Read more
Technology
Mergers & Acquisitions
For Microsoft, CRA economists advised on the $26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn in Europe and the US. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) cleared the transaction and the EC cleared the deal subject to conditions to address potential concerns in “... Read more
European competition
The OFT unconditionally cleared the acquisition of Nelson Thorne by Oxford University Press. Read more
European competition
News Corp's bid to acquire Disney's stake in their joint venture ESPN Star Sports (ESS) was approved by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) without conditions. Read more
European competition
Following an in-depth investigation, the European Commission has approved the acquisition of Orange Austria by Hutchison 3G Austria, subject to the divestment of frequencies and a commitment to offer low wholesale access fees to mobile virtual... Read more
The European Commission has unconditionally cleared the acquisition of the homecare business of Air Products in Belgium, France, Germany, Portugal and Spain by Linde following a Phase I investigation. Read more
European competition
CRA provided economic advice to the John Lewis Partnership (JLP) to respond to the OFT's case that JLP (as well as Debenhams and House of Fraser) had engaged in Resale Price Maintenance (RPM) with DBA, a producer of the "Shock Absorber... Read more