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Operation Car Wash leads to yet another cartel probe

Operation Car Wash leads to yet another cartel probe

18 April 2019

Brazil’s competition authority has signed a leniency agreement with the company at the centre of the wide-ranging Operation Car Wash corruption probe, as part of an investigation into an alleged bid-rigging cartel in the airport infrastructure sector.

UK enforcer addresses “deep-seated problems” in audit sector

UK enforcer addresses “deep-seated problems” in audit sector

18 April 2019

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has recommended that the Big Four accountancy firms separate their auditing and consulting operations but stopped short of calling for a legal carve-up of their businesses.

JFTC hones digital platform probe

JFTC hones digital platform probe

18 April 2019

Japan’s antitrust watchdog has seemingly narrowed its probe into several major digital platforms after users expressed concerns about unilateral changes to contract terms, opaque practices and data collection.

The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 18 April 2019

18 April 2019

Hello! And welcome to our first ever Asia-Pacific Tipline! If you’re familiar with the Tipline in our GCR USA briefing, then this will feel very similar. From now on, we will publish a weekly roundup of our recent Asia-Pacific-focused news stories, along with other news and notes from the competition world – authority decisions we didn’t have a chance to cover, deal updates, law firm moves and other nuggets of news and gossip. Know something we don’t? Drop us a line!

Vertical events merger receives conditional nod in Chile

Vertical events merger receives conditional nod in Chile

17 April 2019

A deal combining Chile’s largest live music events producer with the operator of an entertainment arena and a ticket selling company will go ahead, following conditional approval by the country’s competition authority.

South Africa picks up enforcement activities

South Africa picks up enforcement activities

17 April 2019

South Africa’s competition watchdog has referred three separate collusion cases to the country’s specialist antitrust tribunal, signalling the end of recent funding problems that caused it to halt new probes.

Dentons hires from Clifford Chance

Dentons hires from Clifford Chance

17 April 2019

Clifford Chance senior associate Florian Wiesner will join Dentons’ competition practice as a partner when he moves to the firm’s new Dusseldorf office in May.

UK tribunal ordered to re-examine class certification in MasterCard claim

UK tribunal ordered to re-examine class certification in MasterCard claim

16 April 2019

A previously rejected application to certify a £14 billion opt-out class action against MasterCard has been sent back to the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal for reconsideration, after an appellate court ruled that the tribunal’s initial analysis was too vigorous and premature.

Amazon faces another abuse probe

Amazon faces another abuse probe

16 April 2019

Italy’s Competition Authority is investigating whether Amazon gives preferential treatment to certain sellers on its marketplace in order to entrench its dominance in the logistics services market.

Spain smokes out tobacco information sharing

15 April 2019

Spain’s competition authority has fined three tobacco companies and a distributor €57.1 million for agreeing to share real-time sales data – in the agency’s first use of an effects-based analysis for information exchange.