Topic: Legislation and guidance

German reforms usher in new era of antitrust enforcement

Lawmakers in Germany have passed far-reaching reforms to the nation’s competition laws, which give its antitrust enforcer sweeping new powers to challenge the behaviour of the major digital platforms. Janith Aranze and Emily Craig spoke to local competition lawyers about the significance and severity of the new law and how it will interact with proposed EU rules for regulating digital gatekeepers.

22 January 2021

Ireland consults on competition law changes

Ireland’s government has proposed a suite of new reforms that would empower the country’s antitrust enforcer to bring gun-jumping cases and unwind already-competed deals that fall below merger notification thresholds.

21 January 2021

New payment sector regulations proposed in China

China’s central bank has proposed new regulations to protect competition in the digital payments market as part of the country’s ongoing effort to rein in major homegrown technology companies.

21 January 2021

CMA turns focus to algorithms

The UK’s antitrust authority has launched a public consultation seeking evidence of how companies use algorithms to restrict competition, after publishing newly-released research on the topic.

20 January 2021

ASCAP/BMI decrees to remain in place

A pair of legacy antitrust judgments regulating much of the music licensing industry will remain in place, outgoing assistant attorney general Makan Delrahim has said.

19 January 2021

SAMR head signals tougher antitrust enforcement

The head of China’s State Administration for Market Regulation has said that the agency will focus on strengthening competition enforcement in 2021 to comply with the government’s economic agenda.

13 January 2021

EU seeks feedback on antitrust exemptions for gig workers

The European Commission has followed up on its promise to protect gig workers by consulting on proposed exemptions from competition rules that would allow certain groups to form collective bargaining agreements.

06 January 2021

EU reveals draft gatekeeper rules

The European Commission’s draft Digital Markets Act contains a long-awaited definition of “gatekeeper” platforms that will be forced to notify the enforcer about their every acquisition and abide by a host of new rules if the proposed bill becomes law.

15 December 2020

Sims: enforcers can learn from Asian counterparts on digital issues

Western enforcers should pay more attention to how agencies in Asia are fighting the anticompetitive conduct of large technology companies, the head of Australia’s competition authority has said.

08 December 2020

CMA calls for mandatory notification of tech deals

The UK’s competition watchdog has advised the government to implement a new mandatory merger notification regime for powerful tech companies that have “strategic market status”.

08 December 2020

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