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Italy clears digital payments deal with remedies

Italy’s antitrust enforcer has conditionally cleared Nexi’s €4.6 billion purchase of rival SIA, concluding that the merged company’s dominant position will likely be constrained by new competitors in the future because of the rapid development of the digital payments sector.

15 October 2021

Enforcers back calls for joint approach to competition and data protection issues

A senior official at the UK’s competition watchdog has said enforcers should collaborate more closely with privacy regulators when tackling antitrust and data protection issues, while highlighting his agency’s efforts to bridge this gap in its probe into Google’s sandbox.

15 October 2021

Companies are “contemptuous” toward Australian merger rules, Sims says

The chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has said the country’s merger control regime leads companies to sometimes take a “contemptuous” approach to the process, as he continues to champion a major overhaul of the system.

15 October 2021

De Silva says French authority could take tougher stance in labour markets

In a farewell speech after stepping down as head of France’s Competition Authority yesterday, Isabelle de Silva said that her agency must continue to focus on competitive harm in labour markets.

14 October 2021

India withholds cartel fines due to coronavirus for second time

India’s competition authority has said it will not fine eight companies that rigged bids and fixed prices for train parts, after deciding for only the second time not to punish businesses that broke the antitrust rules due to the effects of the covid-19 pandemic.

14 October 2021

Lawmakers are responsible for dictating sustainability agenda, Mundt says

Rather than requiring companies to cooperate on sustainability initiatives and then relying on competition agencies to address potential concerns, policymakers must set an appropriate legal framework to achieve national environmental goals, Germany’s competition chief has said.

14 October 2021

Australia seeks court injunction to halt fertility clinic deal

Australia’s competition watchdog has urged the country’s Federal Court to issue an interim injunction against two IVF providers, after the companies said they would close their proposed merger before the enforcer completed its deal review.

13 October 2021

Correction: France says food packaging cartel misled consumers about potentially hazardous chemical

France’s Competition Authority has sent a statement of objections to over 100 companies including Nestlé, alleging that they conspired to hide from consumers whether their food packaging no longer contained a potentially dangerous chemical that was banned by the government in 2015.

13 October 2021

Former Ofcom official rejoins Compass Lexecon

Ciara Kalmus has left the UK's communications regulator after a decade to rejoin Compass Lexecon as a senior vice president in London.

13 October 2021

European Commission raids wood pulp companies

The European Commission has raided a group of companies in the wood pulp sector across several member states due to concerns they participated in a cartel.

13 October 2021

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