Credit Suisse and UBS accused of boycotting Apple and Samsung mobile pay

Switzerland’s competition enforcer is investigating alleged agreements between Credit Suisse and UBS to boycott Apple and Samsung mobile payment services in favour of a local Swiss mobile app.

Delrahim says he’s not a robber baron’s enforcer

Responding to criticism that his agency is too lenient on competition enforcement, the head of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division pointed to a string of antitrust settlements the government has reached over the last week.

Finch calls for “rebalancing” of FRAND

The US Department of Justice is taking a step back when it comes to intellectual property, particularly in enforcing agreements to license on fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms, a senior DOJ official said today.

  • Intel probed over abuse of dominance claim

    India’s antitrust enforcer on Friday ordered an investigation into abuse of dominance allegations stemming from a dispute between US chipmaker Intel and a Bangalore electronics manufacturer over access to server processor designs.

  • CMA closes probe into three Concordia drugs

    The UK’s competition enforcer has shuttered part of its antitrust probe of drugmaker Concordia after deciding it did not have the need or resources to continue investigating three of the company’s drugs.

  • UK CAT class certification decisions can be appealed, court rules

    The UK’s Court of Appeal has jurisdiction to hear a claimant’s challenge against the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s decision to reject class certification for a  £14 billion opt-out claim against MasterCard, the court has ruled.

Simons defends divestitures to private equity

Federal Trade Commision chairman Joseph Simons defended the private equity business model from criticism by fellow commissioner Rohit Chopra, who has argued it can lead to less competition.

Behavioural remedies okay for vertical mergers, says Hoffman

The antitrust agencies have not completely ruled out behavioural remedies as a solution in vertical merger cases, said the head of antitrust enforcement for the Federal Trade Commission.

The Brussels competition bar

The eyes of the antitrust world remain locked on Brussels, where the European Commission in recent years has attracted global attention for its headline-grabbing enforcement. Tom Madge-Wyld and Tom Webb rank the city’s best firms, evaluating which are doing the most challenging work above and below the radar.

Mundt: German merger regime may need rebalancing

Germany may need to “reinvent the wheel” to reduce the number of merger filings its competition authority receives and to give it the power to review deals that fall below current merger thresholds, the head of its antitrust authority has said.

Freshfields loses counsel to Kirkland

Kirkland & Ellis has further strengthened its competition practice in London with the hire of Thomas Wilson, who joins as a partner less than a year after he was promoted to counsel at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

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