Topic: Legislation and guidance

France issues fresh merger guidelines

France’s Competition Authority has published new merger guidelines, which give companies greater pre-notification powers and clarification on the authority’s simplified merger procedure.

27 July 2020

Indonesian enforcer calls for more power as competition amendments stall

Indonesia’s top competition official has said that the agency needs more power in the face of a rapidly changing economy, although efforts to amend the country’s 21-year-old competition law have stalled.

27 July 2020

Ninth Circuit judge questions generic drugmakers on imminent harm

Judge Andrew Hurwitz of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has asked generic drugmakers why they need to block a California law restricting pay-for-delay settlements if they do not plan to enter into such agreements.

17 July 2020

Dutch enforcer taking “leading role” on sustainability, lawyers say

Competition lawyers say new draft guidelines from the Dutch competition enforcer on sustainability agreements are flexible and innovative, but some have concerns that it could “open the door” for cartels.

10 July 2020

Dutch authority proposes sustainability agreement guidelines

The Dutch antitrust watchdog has issued new draft guidelines on how it intends to evaluate sustainability agreements, which would permit otherwise anticompetitive collaboration if the environmental benefits for society outweigh potential harm.

09 July 2020

EU receives mixed reviews on gatekeeper regulation

Google and Facebook have recommended that the European Commission adopt a case-by-case approach when intervening in digital markets, while companies including Microsoft and Yelp have argued for a blanket ban on certain conduct.

08 July 2020

Philippine enforcer warns against suspending enforcement powers

The Philippine Competition Commission has said that certain provisions in a bill aimed at accelerating the recovery from the covid-19 pandemic could harm its welfare-enhancing objectives and the overall state of competition.

08 July 2020

EU’s proposed market investigations tool attracts hesitant support

Several major platforms, trade groups and governments have cautioned the European Commission not to adopt new market investigation powers without first properly assessing the need for such a wide-ranging and influential tool.

06 July 2020

Klobuchar criticises new vertical merger guidelines

The federal antitrust agencies’ new vertical merger guidelines are unlikely to improve enforcement, the top democrat on the senate antitrust subcommittee has said.

02 July 2020

Mexican Supreme Court backs COFECE in energy dispute

Mexico’s highest court has blocked an allegedly anticompetitive regulation that would effectively create a de facto monopoly over wholesale electricity distribution, after upholding a request by the country’s antitrust watchdog.

01 July 2020

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