Silja Baller

University of Geneva
Economist (Postdoctoral Researcher)

Silja Baller is currently a postdoctorate researcher at the University of Geneva. She used to be a student on the MPhil Economics programme at the University of Oxford. From April to August 2008 she was a Senior Associate in the London Economics practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Before joining PwC, Silja worked on a two-year assignment at the World Bank and she has also held positions in economic research at the World Health Organization and the World Trade Organization. Her previous experience also includes a two-year research assistantship with Professor Damien Neven in the field of Industrial Organization and Competition Policy. Silja obtained a BA in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a DEA with a specialization in International Economics from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva.

Articles

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Silja Baller The UK Office of Fair Trading cleared an acquisition in the market for regional newspapers, subject to the divestment of two newspaper titles (Dunfermline/Trinity Mirror)

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The operation On 4 February 2008, the UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT) cleared the acquisition by Dunfermline Press Limited (DPL) of the Berkshire regional newspapers business of Trinity Mirror plc (Trinity Mirror), subject to the divestiture of two titles. The acquisition had taken place on (...)

Silja Baller The UK Competition Commission cleared a merger in the fertiliser and chemical sector subject to remedies, including the divestment of a number of commercial businesses and commitments relating to an existing contract with a third party (Kemira GrowHow/Terra Industries)

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The operation Kemira GrowHow Oyj (KGH Oyj) is listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange and has its headquarters in Helsinki. KGH Oyj operates through two business units - Crop Cultivation and Industrial Solutions. It has manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Finland, France, Hungary, Lithuania and (...)

Silja Baller The UK Competition Commission cleared a merger in the markets for live music venue management and live music promotion services, subject to structural remedies (Hamsard/Academy Music)

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The operation On 23 January 2007, the UK Competition Commission (CC) cleared the proposed acquisition of a controlling interest in Academy Music Holdings Limited (Academy) by Hamsard 2786 Limited (Hamsard), subject to remedies in the form of the sale of two of its venues. The acquisition (...)

Silja Baller The Austrian Federal Competition Authority clears the acquisition of 66% of an airport by a consortium of investors, subject to remedies including a price cap and capacity and hold-separate commitments (Vienna Airport/Bratislava Airport)

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The operation The Austrian Federal Competition Authority (BWB) referred the acquisition of 66% of Bratislava Airport (BTS) by Vienna International Airport (VIE) and Penta Investments Limited to the Cartel Court (OLG) for a Phase II investigation. The acquisition was referred to the OLG as it (...)

Silja Baller The UK Competition Commission cleared a merger in the market for the cinema exhibition of films, subject to the divestment of one of the acquired cinemas (Vue Entertainment/A3 Cinema)

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The operation On 29 April 2005, Vue Entertainment Holdings (UK) Limited (Vue) acquired sole control of A3 Cinema Limited (A3). The merger was cleared by the UK Competition Commission (CC) on 24 February 2006, subject to the divestment of a cinema in Basingstoke. Vue is a cinema exhibitor with (...)

Silja Baller The Austrian Federal Competition Authority clears the partial acquisition of a broadcasting transmission company by a media company, subject to behavioural commitments not to act as a broadcaster and to operate the Electronic Programme Guide on a non-discriminatory basis (Medicur / ORS)

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The operation ORS is a terrestrial broadcasting transmission company and was at the time of the merger the only aspirant to the only Austrian multiplex license for digital broadcasting. Medicur is active in various media markets including daily newspapers, magazines, and outdoor advertising. (...)

Silja Baller The Irish Competition Authority clears a merger in the entertainment and communications industry subject to 19 remedies addressing issues arising from the cross-ownership/cross-management of the two concerned groups (UGC-Chorus / NTL)

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The operation On 4 November 2005 and following a Phase 2 review, the Irish Competition Authority (ICA) cleared the acquisition by UPC Ireland B.V. (“UPC Ireland”) of MS Irish Cable Holdings B.V (“MSICH”). Both companies were set up specifically for the transaction. The underlying structure of the (...)

Silja Baller The UK Competition Authority clears a Phase II merger in the securities exchange sector subject to two similar packages of structural and behavioural remedies for either one of the competing bidders (Deutsche Börse / Euronext / London Stock Exchange)

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The operation The parties involved in this investigation were Deutsche Börse AG and Euronext NV, the competing bidders, and the London Stock Exchange, the target. The intended acquisitions were notified to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) separately by each bidder. When both were referred to (...)

Silja Baller The Austrian Competition Authority clears the partial acquisition of a local airline by a tourism company subject to commitment not to ask for or accept preferential treatment in ground handling fees (Kaernten Tourismus / Styrian)

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The operation In October 2005, the Austrian Federal Competition Authority (BWB) cleared the acquisition of 42.85% of Styrian Airways AG (Styrian) by Kaernten Tourismus Holding (Kaernten Tourismus), subject to remedies. Amongst other interests, Kaernten Tourismus holds a majority share of (...)

Silja Baller The Austrian Cartel Court clears an acquisition in the market for emergency call and communication systems, conditional on a management buy-out remedy as well as various other commitments attached to the buy-out (Bridgepoint/Tunstall)

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The operation On 16 September 2005, the Austrian Cartel Court (OLG), following a referral from the Austrian Federal Competition Authority (BWB), cleared the acquisition of Tunstall Holding Limited (UK) by Bridgepoint Capital Group Limited (UK). Bridgepoint is the owner of Attendo AB, (...)

Silja Baller The UK Competition Commission cleared the acquisition of 115 stores by one of the largest grocery retailers, subject to the divestment of 12 stores (Somerfield/Morrison)

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The operation On 2 September 2005, the UK Competition Commission (CC) approved the acquisition by Somerfield plc (Somerfield) of 103 stores from Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc (Morrison) instead of the proposed 115. The merger followed divestment requirements related to Morrison’s acquisition of (...)

Silja Baller The Irish Competition Authority cleared a merger in the market for beverage distribution subject to commitment to inform the NCA of any future acquisitions in the market (M&J Gleeson / United Beverages Sales)

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The operation On 2 June 2005 the acquisition by M&J Gleeson (MJG) of United Beverages Sales’ (UBS) wholesale alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage distribution business in Ireland was notified to the Irish Competition Authority (ICA). MJG manufactures, wholesales and distributes soft (...)

Silja Baller The Irish Competition Authority clears a merger in the market for radio broadcasting subject to a remedy involving the exit from a contract with an advertising sales agency, board withdrawal and divestment of partial ownership (SRH / Highland Radio)

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The operation On 1 June 2005 the acquisition by Scottish Radio Holdings (SRH) of Donegal Highland Radio Limited (Highland Radio) was notified to the Irish Competition Authority (ICA). SRH is active in the radio and publishing business in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, where it owns two (...)

Silja Baller The Austrian Federal Competition Authority clears a merger in the market for the distribution of dental devices, conditional on remedies comprising the sale of two warehouses, a brand and its trademarks and the divestment of a complete business, including assets and trademarks (Henry Schein/Austrodent)

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The operation The merger had previously been modified twice by the parties. It was first notified in 2004 as a merger between Henry Schein Inc (NY, USA), Demedis GmbH (including businesses in Germany, Benelux and Austria, the latter being represented by Austrodent Handels-GmbH) and Euro Dental (...)

Silja Baller The Irish Competition Authority cleared a merger in the market for construction materials subject to notification of all future acquisitions (Grafton / Heiton)

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The operation On 6 January 2005 the Irish Competition Authority (“ICA”) cleared in Phase 2 the acquisition by Grafton Group plc (“Grafton”) of the 71% of the share capital it did not already own of Heiton Group plc (“Heiton”). Grafton is active in the market for building materials (“builders (...)

Silja Baller The Austrian Cartel Court clears an acquisition of a minority stake in the outdoor advertising industry subject to remedies including limitations on management control, tying prohibitions and obligations of non-discrimination (Gewista / Werbeplakat Soravia)

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The operation The deal involved the transfer of Gewista’s "megaboards" advertising business to Werbeplakat Soravia GmbH (WPS) while, in turn, Gewista acquired 33% of WPS. In Vienna, where the bulk of outdoor advertising revenue is generated, Gewista at the time was the market leader with 60% (...)

Silja Baller The Irish Competition Authority cleared a merger in the market for ferry routes between Great Britain and Ireland subject to notification of future acquisitions (Stena / P&O)

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The operation On 5 April 2004 the Irish Competition Authority (“ICA”) cleared in a Phase 1 decision the acquisition by Stena AB (“Stena”) of all the assets of P&O relating to P&O’s ferry business between the Irish sea ports of Larne (Northern Ireland) and Fleetwood (Great Britain (“GB”)). (...)

Silja Baller The Irish Competition Authority clears in phase II a merger in the market for radio broadcasting subject to remedies, including the divestment of an equity stake in a radio station and discontinuation of joint selling arrangements (Scottish Radio Holdings / FM 104)

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The operation On 23 October 2004 the acquisition by Scottish Radio Holdings (SRH) of Capital Radio Productions Limited (CRPL) was notified to the Irish Competition Authority (ICA). SRH is active in the radio and publishing business in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, where it owns national (...)

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