Topic: Legislation and guidance

Dramatic antitrust rebuild proposed for Biden administration

A government-wide revamp of US competition enforcement is needed to address past failures to rein in monopoly power, a group of ex-enforcers has said.

19 November 2020

CMA ready to move away from static market definitions in deal reviews

The UK’s competition authority has proposed dropping formal market definition in its merger reviews and allowing for more uncertainty in counterfactual assessments to better enforce against anticompetitive deals in digital markets.

18 November 2020

China nears first online platform guidelines

China’s antitrust watchdog has published its first draft guidance on the platform economy, which provides clarifications on how the enforcer will tackle antitrust issues in digital markets.

10 November 2020

Updated CMA merger guidance signals ramp-up in enforcement

Local lawyers have said the UK antitrust watchdog’s draft revised merger guidance is a sign that the enforcer is “ramping up” its enforcement as it prepares to take on more multijurisdictional deals at the end of the Brexit withdrawal period.

09 November 2020

Georgia gains new merger enforcement powers

Amendments to Georgia’s competition law have introduced a two-phase merger review system and expanded the competition authority’s fining powers for certain merger breaches.

06 November 2020

German competition law amendments extremely close to finish line, Mundt says

The president of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said he expects his agency will be ready to enforce new domestic rules against digital platforms in the first few months of 2021, but warned it still faces challenges in bringing cases.

05 November 2020

Former ECJ judge says UK and EU courts may diverge after Brexit

A former judge at the European Court of Justice has warned that the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union could cause both jurisdictions to diverge on abuse of dominance enforcement and lead to conflicting appellate court rulings.

03 November 2020

Covid-19 hasn’t changed Singapore’s approach to airline tie-ups, agency head says

The chief executive of Singapore’s competition watchdog has said that her agency’s guidance from 2018 on airline mergers and alliances remains valid even as the covid-19 pandemic has brought the industry to its knees.

30 October 2020

Vestager warns against fragmented approach to digital markets

EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has said the agency’s proposed new market investigation powers will help harmonise intervention in digital markets across member states, as she warned about the risks of disparate approaches in different countries.

29 October 2020

Pakistan’s competition law survives constitutional challenge

A Pakistani court has held that the country’s competition act is constitutionally valid, following challenges to the parliament’s authority to enact such a law from participants in almost all the country’s major industries.

28 October 2020

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