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UK Merger Control Scheme Is More Than Just Voluntary

Orrick’s Douglas Lahnborg and Saira Henry co-authored an article in Law360 about the merger process in the UK, and whether companies should consider seeking approval from the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The...more

EU & Competition Law Update – November 2017

by Bryan Cave on

EU opens investigation into UK tax scheme for multinationals - The EU State aid rules are designed to stop Governments and local authorities giving companies a selective advantage, as doing so would create an unequal...more

Competition News - October 2017

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Prohibiting an authorized distributor from selling on a market place is not necessarily a hardcore restriction of competition - By a decree dated September 13, 2017, the French Supreme Court gave its support to brands...more

Chinese Competition Authority Imposes Fines for Price-Fixing Involving Industry Associations

by Jones Day on

In Short - The Situation: In early September, three local Chinese chemical manufacturers received penalty notices from China's National Development and Reform Commission ("NDRC") for attending an association conference,...more

Rewarding Loyalty: ECJ Holds that Loyalty Rebates Do Not Per Se Restrict Competition

by Jones Day on

The Background: In September 2017, the European Court of Justice (Case C-413/14 P) reversed the ruling of the General Court, which had upheld the European Commission's €1.06 billion fine on Intel for abusing its dominant...more

No Traction: Authorities Drop Antitrust Investigation into Italy's Long-Term Car Rental Sector

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The Italian Competition Authority has closed an antitrust investigation into the alleged anticompetitive exchange of information by 16 operators in the long-term car rental market and their industry...more

Egypt Considers Premerger Notification

by White & Case LLP on

Egypt is considering a premerger notification law that may subject global transactions to reporting requirements in Egypt. Egypt joins other jurisdictions in the region that have adopted merger control regimes, including the...more

New competition register enters into force

by White & Case LLP on

On July 29, 2017, the Act Introducing a Register for Competition (Wettbewerbsregistergesetz – WregG, "Competition Register Act") will enter into force. Companies violating competition or other rules must or can be excluded...more

German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) Publishes Merger Remedies Guidance

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The German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt or "FCO") has published guidance on the requirements placed on remedies in merger control and their implementation. Remedies are an important instrument in merger control...more

European Commission Sets its Sights on Allegedly Excessive Drug Prices

by Jones Day on

In the European Union, Big Pharma has been operating with a target on its back for the best part of the last decade. Following its 2008 sector inquiry into the pharmaceutical sector, the Commission vowed to clamp down on...more

New Competition Law in Germany

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Today, significant changes to the German Act against Restraints of Competition have entered into effect. This newsletter provides an overview of the most significant aspects of the 9th amendment to the German competition law....more

European Commission's Antitrust Concerns Lead to Syndicated Loans Market Study

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In April 2017, the European Commission ("Commission") published a tender offer seeking an assessment of the EU market for loan syndication and possible implications under EU competition rules. The successful candidate will...more

Italy: Antitrust Infringements as a Ground for Exclusion From Participation in Public Procurement Procedures

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On 19 April 2016, legislative decree n. 50/2016 containing the new Italian Public Procurement Code (PPC) entered into force. The PPC aims to implement, among others, Directive 2014/24/EU which sets out, at Article 57, a...more

Competition News - January 2017

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New decisions in France with regard to compensating the prejudice suffered by victims of anti-competitive practices - Any person who claims to be the victim of anti-competitive practices and wishes to seek compensation...more

Company Directors Beware – the CMA’s Disqualification Order

Today, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published a 60-second summary for company directors to avoid disqualification for breaches of competition law. Please see the full text of the guidance here. This is part...more

Corporate News – January 2017

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First director disqualification: UK focus on pursuing individuals as well as companies for breach of competition law - The UK's Competition and Markets Authority has secured its first disqualification of a director of a...more

RxIP Update - 2016 Year in Review

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The following are highlights of developments in Canadian life sciences intellectual property and regulatory law in 2016, updating our 2016 mid-year highlights. 1. Substantive patent law developments - Utility and...more

Competition and Markets Authority Opens Investigation into Auction Service Providers

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 22 November 2016, the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) announced that it had opened a formal investigation into suspected anti-competitive practices in relation to the supply of auction services in the UK. In...more

EU & Competition Law Update – August 2016

by Bryan Cave on

EU: Regulatory Scrutiny of Online Hotel Booking Continues - The 13 July 2016 saw the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announce that it had sent a questionnaire to a large sample of hotels throughout the UK. As...more

EU & Competition Law Update – June 2016

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BREXIT – BUSINESS AS USUAL...AT LEAST FOR NOW - What do you need to know? Despite the UK's vote to leave the European Union ("EU"), companies doing business in the UK can still continue to trade with the EU in...more

Online Sales Restrictions Remain a Hot Topic: UK CMA Issues Statement of Objections

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 9 June 2016, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) issued a statement of objections (SO) to Ping Europe Limited (Ping), a golf equipment manufacturer, alleging that Ping had breached EU and UK competition law by...more

Dutch Competition Authority Fines Cold-Storage Companies for Exchange of Information in the Context of Merger Talks

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 23 March 2016, the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) announced that it had fined four cold-storage firms for having put in place anticompetitive arrangements while in extended merger talks with one...more

Competition News February 2016

by Dentons on

Refusing to settle in the case of local anticompetitive practices is not necessarily the right decision As might be expected, the decision handed down by the French Competition Authority on January 17, 2016 regarding a...more

EU & Competition Law Update - February 2016

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EU and national leniency applications independent rules ECJ - On the 20 January 2016, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) handed down its ruling on a preliminary reference made by the Italian Council of State on the...more

EU & Competition Law Update - January 2016

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Smartphone chip manufacturer accused of an abuse of dominance - On the 8th December 2015, Qualcomm, the world’s largest supplier of smartphone chipsets, was publicly accused by the European Commission of abusing its...more

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