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Lawmaker urges CFIUS to force TikTok divestiture from ByteDance

Republican senator Josh Hawley has urged the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to force popular social media platform TikTok to sever all ties with its parent company, Beijing-based ByteDance.

21 September 2022

Germany eyes sector inquiry break-up powers

Germany’s economic ministry has proposed giving the national antitrust watchdog heftier sector inquiry powers while making it easier for the agency to “skim off” profits gained from anticompetitive conduct.

21 September 2022

Spain scrutinises merger-to-monopoly in Barcelona port

The Spanish competition authority has opened a Phase II investigation into the acquisition of a Barcelona port terminal by its only rival, having rejected the purchaser’s proposed commitments.

21 September 2022

Danish enforcer fines homeware designer for vertical restrictions

Denmark’s competition authority has fined the Rosendahl Design Group €1 million after the company admitted to resale price maintenance and passive sales restrictions.

21 September 2022

Economic efficiencies should play minor role in antitrust enforcement, academic says

An antitrust academic has claimed that enforcers' heightened reliance on economic analysis undermines the purpose of competition enforcement, but his remarks received pushback from a fellow scholar.

21 September 2022

AG Rantos: German enforcer entitled to assess GDPR in Meta case

Competition authorities can consider a company’s compliance with the EU’s data protection regulation when investigating a potential abuse of dominance, an advocate general at the European Court of Justice has said.

20 September 2022

Biden issues landmark executive order on CFIUS national security factors

President Joe Biden has issued a first-of-its-kind executive order expanding on the existing list of factors that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States should consider when reviewing deals for national security concerns.

20 September 2022

Indonesian enforcer appoints second new chair in seven months

Indonesia’s Competition Commission has appointed current member M Afif Hasbullah to lead the agency until April 2023.

20 September 2022

Iceland approves major telecoms merger with revised remedies

Iceland’s Competition Authority has conditionally approved Ardian’s €493 million purchase of the country’s largest telecommunications operator after previously rejecting the companies’ proposed remedies.

20 September 2022

Brattle Group expands into France

Brattle Group has opened a new office in Paris, which will be co-led by competition economist Laurent Eymard.

20 September 2022

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