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Community round-up: Euclid Law hires from Macfarlanes

Macfarlanes has lost a senior solicitor to Euclid Law in London but has strengthened its partnership with a promotion, while Stephenson Harwood has hired from White & Case and firms have promoted in Brussels, Paris and India.

14 April 2021

UK waves through Virgin Media/O2 joint venture

The UK’s competition enforcer has provisionally cleared the €31 billion joint venture between mobile network operator O2 and telecommunications provider Virgin Media after a fast-tracked Phase II investigation.

14 April 2021

China gives tech companies one month to fall in line

China’s competition watchdog has given technology companies one month to conduct a comprehensive self-inspection, completely rectify any anticompetitive practices and publicly pledge to comply with the country’s antitrust rules.

14 April 2021

Liebherr agrees to remedy online sales discrimination in Germany

Household appliance manufacturer Liebherr-Hausgeräte Vertriebs has agreed to remove certain quality requirements from its agreements with distributors in Germany, after the national competition authority found that they disadvantage online retailers.

13 April 2021

Polish court suspends merger approval for PKN Orlen deal

A Polish court has issued an interim injunction suspending the national competition authority’s approval of PKN Orlen’s acquisition of Polska Press pending a challenge by the country’s human rights commissioner against the tie-up.

13 April 2021

EU takes closer look at insulation deal

The European Commission has opened a Phase II investigation into Kingspan’s purchase of a Slovenian insulation manufacturer, one year after the building materials company saw a similar deal collapse because of antitrust scrutiny.

13 April 2021

Linklaters and Freshfields announce promotions

Linklaters has promoted two competition lawyers to the partnership in Paris and Beijing, while Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has strengthened its antitrust group with partner promotions in Europe and the US.

12 April 2021

Latham snags top EU enforcer

Carles Esteva Mosso, the head of the European Commission’s state aid unit and the former head of its merger division, is leaving the EU authority to join the partnership at Latham & Watkins.

12 April 2021

Moldova levies record fine against crop protection cartel

Moldova’s antitrust enforcer has issued its highest-ever fine after concluding that four distributors of crop protection products fixed prices, although the companies claim the probe was motivated by the chairman’s private business interests in that market.

12 April 2021

China hits Alibaba with record fine

China’s competition watchdog has hit homegrown technology company Alibaba with a record-shattering €2.34 billion fine for forcing merchants to exclusively use the platform to distribute their products.

12 April 2021

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