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Laterals move in Europe

Laterals move in Europe

17 January 2020

Vincent Brophy has joined Sidley Austin, a Dechert partner has gone to Pinsent Masons, Willkie Farr & Gallagher has promoted in London, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher announced a new co-chair of its global competition practice and there has been a partner move in Greece.

Expediting Heathrow car park case would cause “real prejudice”

Expediting Heathrow car park case would cause “real prejudice”

17 January 2020

Granting an application to expedite a case regarding the construction of a multi-storey car park at a UK airport would cause “real prejudice” to the airport, its counsel has argued.

CMA seeks director disqualifications for construction cartel

CMA seeks director disqualifications for construction cartel

17 January 2020

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has launched proceedings to disqualify two directors of a UK construction company for their alleged roles in a bid-rigging cartel.

Enforcer loses South African parliamentary travel bid-rigging case

Enforcer loses South African parliamentary travel bid-rigging case

17 January 2020

The Competition Commission of South Africa has lost another case before its Competition Tribunal, which dismissed the enforcer’s allegations that two travel agencies colluded on tenders to provide services to parliamentary officials.

France: Non-notifiable deals cannot be abusive

France: Non-notifiable deals cannot be abusive

17 January 2020

France’s Competition Authority has decided that a dominant company’s acquisition of a rival cannot constitute an abuse of dominance in the absence of additional anticompetitive behaviour.

Reed Smith opens Brussels office

Reed Smith opens Brussels office

16 January 2020

Reed Smith has opened an office in Brussels that will focus on competition and regulatory law, with the firm recruiting three antitrust partners to bolster the practice.

Fight over fines: The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 17 January 2020

16 January 2020

It was a busy week in Hong Kong, where the competition watchdog and 10 companies involved in a decorators’ cartel argued over what the reasonable penalties should be in the first-ever case to reach the fining stage. While the commission sought certainty and penalties that deter hardcore anticompetitive conduct, the decorators argued for mitigating factors and a lessening of the fines. Justice Godfrey Lam Wan-ho, the president of Hong Kong’s Competition Tribunal, said he would take the arguments under consideration and issue a written ruling in due course.

Google snubs ad industry with third-party cookie phaseout

Google snubs ad industry with third-party cookie phaseout

16 January 2020

Google is to phase out third-party cookies on its Chrome browser, in a move that observers say is likely to shake up the online advertising industry and could potentially drag the company into another antitrust row.

Flybe rescue prompts EU state aid complaint from BA owner

Flybe rescue prompts EU state aid complaint from BA owner

16 January 2020

The UK government has swooped in to rescue regional airline Flybe, prompting the owner of rival airline British Airways to file a state aid complaint to the European Commission.

Turkish enforcer fines chemotherapy equipment cartel

Turkish enforcer fines chemotherapy equipment cartel

15 January 2020

Turkey’s Competition Authority has fined five medical companies for “acting in concert” to rig bids on tenders related to the preparation of chemotherapy drugs.