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Lesur swaps McDermott for Franklin

Lionel Lesur has left McDermott Will & Emery in Paris after nine years to head up Franklin Avocats' new competition practice.

08 September 2020

EU confirms plans to update VBER

The European Commission has said its vertical block exemption regulation is no longer fit for purpose due to the growth of e-commerce and online platforms, but lawyers believe any radical change is unlikely.

08 September 2020

Germany set to recommence dawn raids

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office is ready to conduct dawn raids again after pausing inspections due to the coronavirus pandemic, the enforcer’s president has said.

08 September 2020

Philippine official encourages merger filings despite new bill

A top official at the Philippine Competition Commission has said that companies should continue to file their deals before the agency even if a proposed bill exempting certain tie-ups from mandatory filing is signed into law.

07 September 2020

Vestager: EU states and DG Comp shouldn’t be afraid to disagree

Margrethe Vestager has said that the “robust debate” between her agency and the German government about EU merger control rules has been fruitful but warned against drawing general inferences from the Siemens/Alstom review.

07 September 2020

Amazon penalised for late responses in Deliveroo probe

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has fined Amazon for failing to hand over documents on time during the enforcer’s review of the company’s investment in Deliveroo.

07 September 2020

Court orders Bulgarian enforcer to reexamine energy deal

Bulgaria’s competition watchdog has reopened an in-depth probe into insurance provider Eurohold’s purchase of CEZ’s Bulgarian energy businesses after a court overruled its initial decision to block the deal.

07 September 2020

Google warns gatekeeper regulation could be anticompetitive

Google has doubled-down on its assertions that specific EU rules for so-called ‘digital gatekeepers’ could result in competition distortions, as part of its 135-page response challenging aspects of the EU Digital Services Act.

04 September 2020

Iceland issues rare merger block

Iceland’s Competition Authority has blocked a three-to-two merger between two private radiology companies, opposing a deal for only the ninth time in over a decade.

04 September 2020

CMA closes final covid-19 excessive pricing case

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has dropped its fourth and final coronavirus-linked excessive pricing probe, after concluding that the prices charged by a pharmacy were unlikely to have breached competition rules.

04 September 2020

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