France accepts fix-it-first remedy in island retail deal

France’s Competition Authority has cleared one of the largest-ever deals in its overseas territories after the buyer proposed a fix-it-first remedy and “unprecedented” behavioural commitments.

Pakistani authority slammed for ignoring sugar cartels

A Pakistani government report has criticised the country’s competition watchdog for doing nothing to tackle cartels and abuse of dominance in the sugar industry over the past decade.

Brazil holds off from issuing banking probe fines

The decision-making tribunal of Brazil’s competition authority has decided to continue investigating six banks for denying services to cryptocurrency brokers, despite one of the commissioners recommending that a fine now be considered. 

Judge denies Surescripts attempt at early appeal

A federal judge has denied a request by Surescripts for early appellate review of his decision to allow a Federal Trade Commission monopolisation lawsuit against the company to proceed.

VEEP: The Tipline for 26 May 2020

It appears former vice president Joe Biden might not support the merger moratorium proposed by Democrats including Amy Klobuchar. But Klobuchar, who turned 60 yesterday, is still holding out for a late birthday present as Biden searches for a running mate – a position she is reportedly in consideration for. The ranking Democrat on the Senate antitrust subcommittee knows a few things about the vice presidency, having interned for the last Minnesotan to hold the office, Walter Mondale. 

An interview with Mondo Mazwai

Mondo Mazwai was appointed to head the Competition Tribunal of South Africa last year, becoming its first female and first black chairperson. She spoke to Emily Craig about responding to the coronavirus pandemic, female representation in antitrust and why the tribunal has overturned a series of decisions by the country’s Competition Commission.

Vestager: EU may introduce competition rules for “digital gatekeepers”

The European Commission is considering imposing legal obligations on gatekeepers of digital platforms to remedy or prevent “commercial imbalances”, the EU’s competition commissioner has said.

Community round-up: Jones Day and Reed Smith add partners

Jones Day has hired a new partner from Herbert Smith Freehills in Australia, an Ashurst lawyer has joined Reed Smith in London, and Oxera has promoted four economists in the UK, Germany and Italy. 

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