Topic: Legislation and guidance

UK consults on “bespoke” state aid regime

The UK government is preparing a state subsidy control regime to preserve competition in the country’s internal market, overseen by a new regulator that might potentially sit within the Competition and Markets Authority.

03 February 2021

CMA issues first remedy breach guidance

The UK's Competition and Markets Authority has advised companies to report breaches of remedies “as soon as reasonably possible” and warned against rectifying contraventions without first reporting to the agency.

01 February 2021

Germany uses new powers to expand Facebook probe

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office is expanding its investigation into Facebook for allegedly tying its virtual reality products to its social media platform, by using new competition powers for the first time that could allow it to prohibit the conduct without establishing abuse of dominance.

28 January 2021

CMA adds voice to sustainability debate

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has published advice for businesses on sustainability agreements, matching calls from its Dutch counterpart to exempt certain types of cooperation from competition rules.

27 January 2021

Dutch enforcer calls for cohesion on sustainability across EU

The Dutch competition authority has said its draft guidelines on sustainability agreements are ready to be discussed at an EU-wide level after updating the advice to clarify what types of cooperation qualify for exemptions from antitrust rules.

27 January 2021

New York state legislature aims to shore up antitrust bill by mid-2021

The deputy majority leader of the New York State Senate has said he hopes legislative progress will have been made by mid-2021 on a bill that will “put more teeth” into the state’s antitrust laws.

26 January 2021

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

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