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Philippine Competition Commission clears Alipay and Ayala’s investment in Globe Fintech

On 27 June 2017, the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) announced that it was conducting a phase II review into the proposed investment by Alipay Singapore Holding Pte. Ltd. (Alipay) and Ayala Corporation (Ayala) into...more

Private Equity Firm Held Responsible for Portfolio Company’s Antitrust Violations

A recent case found that a private equity firm was liable for its portfolio company’s antitrust violations. This client alert explains that private equity firms, when selecting potential investments, need to carry out...more

UK Competition Authority Secures Disqualification of Director for Five Years

On 1 December 2016, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that it had secured its first disqualification of a director of a company found to have infringed competition law. Background - Daniel...more

European Commission gives preliminary views on competition issues in e-commerce

On 15 September the European Commission published its Preliminary Report on the E-commerce Sector Inquiry. The Commission has conducted a wide ranging survey of manufacturers, distributors and retailers, price comparison...more

Mixed Blessings – Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd v MasterCard Incorporated and others [2016] CAT 11

This case is very important in that it is one of the first judgments where damages have been awarded for breach of competition rules in UK. It relates to MasterCard’s alleged anticompetitive card fees (credit and debit...more

Mobilising competition class actions in the UK

On 25 May 2016, the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) issued formal proceedings at the Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT) in London against Pride Mobility Products (Pride) on the grounds of anticompetitive conduct. This is...more

European Commission moves to restrict geoblocking

On 25 May 2016 the European Commission published draft legislation aimed at restricting the use of geoblocking and similar practices by websites selling to into the European Union. The European Commission has published a...more

European Commission Publishes E-commerce Geo-Blocking Inquiry Findings

The European Commission (the executive of the EU) recently published the initial findings of its e-commerce inquiry, an investigative process conducted to determine whether and to what extent competition is being restricted...more

Retail closer than ever to competition authorities’ hearts

Following a number of European Commission sector inquiries (which included investigations into the energy, financial services and pharmaceuticals sectors), the competition authorities at both European and national levels have...more

What discount structures can a dominant firm use? European Court supplies further guidance

The European Court has given further guidance on how to assess the legality of rebates and discounts offered by dominant firms in a case concerning rebates practised by Post Danmark, which at the relevant time enjoyed a...more

EU antitrust authorities to take value of personal data into consideration when reviewing digital markets in merger and antitrust...

In an interview on 9 April 2015, European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager indicated that companies who control personal data could come under increased scrutiny from European antitrust authorities. She recognises...more

Increased regulatory activity on the horizon as the FCA acquires new competition powers

As of 1 April 2015, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has acquired new functions and powers in relation to competition. The FCA’s new powers include...more

4/2/2015

UK Competition Authority acted irrationally in hotel room on-line pricing case

A decision by the UK’s former competition authority, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT – now replaced by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)) to accept commitments to settle its investigation into on-line prices for...more

Consortia block exemption extended by a further five years

Following a public consultation held earlier this year, the EU Commission has announced the extension of the block exemption providing antitrust immunity to certain cooperative agreements between shipping lines until 2020....more

EU nears finalisation of new law to promote anti-trust claims

Member States’ ambassadors to the EU, known as the Committee of Permanent Representatives, have endorsed the agreement between the Council Presidency and representatives of the European Parliament on a proposed new EU...more

4/4/2014  /  Competition , EU , EU Directive , Infringement

UK Authorities Set to Exercise New Powers to Compel Witnesses

The UK’s new competition body, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), was officially launched on 1 October 2013. It will acquire most of its substantive powers in April 2014, when it will officially replace the Office...more

American Airlines & US Airways Merger – Opposite positions taken by US and EU competition authorities

Whereas the European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulations the proposed merger between US Airways Group and AMR Corporation, including its main subsidiary American Airlines, on 5 August 2013, the U.S....more

UK Regulator Ready to Settle in Online Hotel Room Price Fixing Probe

The UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has announced that it intends to accept commitments from Booking.com, Expedia, InterContinetal Hotels and others, and to close its investigation into online hotel room price fixing without...more

European Commission blocks Ryanair’s proposed takeover of Aer Lingus for second time

The European Commission has prohibited Ryanair’s proposed acquisition of Aer Lingus, finding the remedies proposed by Ryanair insufficient to alleviate the substantial concerns about the merger’s impact on the market and the...more

3/11/2013  /  EU , European Commission , Ryanair

€ 20M Euro fine for failing to notify JV shareholding change to EU merger authority

The General Court of the European Union (the "General Court") has upheld the substantial €20 million fine imposed by the European Commission (the "Commission") on Belgium's largest electricity supplier, Electrabel, for its...more

UK supermarkets to be subject to fines

The UK government has decided that the proposed Groceries Code Adjudicator ("Adjudicator") will have "more teeth" to protect suppliers from unfair practices by large supermarkets. The Adjudicator will be able to impose fines...more

12/12/2012  /  Competition , Compliance , Retail Market
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