Topic: Legislation and guidance

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

New competition tool will be “more targeted” than CMA powers, Vestager says

The European Commission’s new competition tool will be less powerful than the UK antitrust enforcer’s market investigations regime, EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has said.

07 December 2020

FDI screening mechanism will lead to “bedlam”, EU lawyers say

Practitioners have warned that the European Commission’s new screening mechanism for foreign direct investment is likely to become “log jammed” as the authority balances it with merger control and potential foreign subsidy reviews.

02 December 2020

CMA warns of parallel investigations after Brexit transition period

The UK’s competition watchdog has said a “significant proportion” of deals will face parallel merger investigations in the UK and the EU after the Brexit transition period, while also warning it could issue interim orders to deals already approved by the European Commission.

02 December 2020

Biden selects antitrust progressives as economic advisers

President-elect Joe Biden has selected two outspoken advocates for more aggressive antitrust enforcement to serve on his Council of Economic Advisers.

02 December 2020

OECD examines competition through a "gender lens"

The Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development is launching seven projects examining the impact of gender on antitrust analysis, including research into whether collusion levels differ between men and women.

30 November 2020

Kuwait updates competition rules

Amendments to Kuwait’s competition law have come into force, which empowers the competition watchdog to issue its own decisions and increases fines for competition infringements.

30 November 2020

UK to launch new digital competition regime

The UK government has said it will establish a digital markets unit within the country’s competition authority to enforce new rules for powerful platforms like Google and Facebook.

27 November 2020

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

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