Topic: Coronavirus

Former CMA chair slams agency’s priorities

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has acknowledged that it needs to get “closer to the needs of consumers” after its former chairman blasted the agency as unfit for purpose.

24 February 2021

Enforcers hone in on labour markets

The heads of antitrust authorities in the US, Portugal and Spain have said their agencies are keeping a close eye on competition issues in labour markets to help boost economies as they recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

24 February 2021

EssilorLuxottica proposes EU remedies

EssilorLuxottica has offered structural and behavioural commitments to the European Commission as it looks to secure approval for its acquisition of GrandVision.

10 February 2021

Ukraine explores price regulation for abuse of dominance breaches

Ukraine’s trade ministry is seeking the power to regulate the prices of essential goods and services of companies that abuse their dominance.

01 February 2021

Shipbuilding deal abandoned during EU Phase II probe

The French and Italian governments have dropped plans to merge their state-owned shipbuilding companies during the European Commission’s in-depth investigation of the deal, blaming economic uncertainty arising from the covid-19 pandemic.

28 January 2021

FTC notches up another successful merger challenge

Procter & Gamble and women’s razor startup Billie have abandoned their proposed merger, less than a month after the Federal Trade Commission challenged the deal.

06 January 2021

France rejects covid-19 flight refund cartel complaint

France’s Competition Authority has dismissed a complaint and request for interim measures lodged by a tourism association against 90 airlines that it accused of unlawfully colluding when failing to refund flight tickets during the coronavirus pandemic.

09 December 2020

Novel CMA report calls for vigilance in the wake of covid-19

UK markets are particularly vulnerable to increased concentration following the coronavirus pandemic because they only partially recovered from the 2008 financial crisis, the country’s antitrust authority has found in its first-ever study on the nationwide state of competition.

01 December 2020

First disputed excessive pricing decision upheld in South Africa

A South African appellate court has upheld a controversial decision to sanction a mask supplier for charging excessive prices during the initial stages of the coronavirus pandemic, but annulled the company’s actual fine due to the limited scope of the infringement.

19 November 2020

JD Sports ruling will not change approach to merger reviews, CMA says

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said its overall approach to merger analysis will not change after a specialist tribunal ordered the agency to re-evaluate JD Sports’ acquisition of Footasylum to properly assess the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

16 November 2020

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