EU conditionally clears Google/Fitbit deal

Critics have accused the European Commission of hiding behind privacy rules to avoid tackling some of the competition issues posed by Google’s acquisition of Fitbit, although others believe it was right for the enforcer to approve the deal subject to decade-long data remedies.

18 December 2020

UK court exempts cartelist from director disqualification order

A UK court has allowed the owner and executive director of a pharmaceuticals company to continue in his role for two years, despite being banned from serving as a company director for unlawfully sharing information with rival suppliers of an antidepressant drug.

18 December 2020

Repsol fined again for non-compliance in Spain

Spain’s competition enforcer has fined Repsol €5 million for failing to comply with two decisions that ordered it to remove anticompetitive clauses from its agreements with petrol stations that set fuel prices.

18 December 2020

New Zealand looks to revise leniency ahead of new criminal cartel rules

New Zealand’s government has issued draft guidelines for how the solicitor-general will handle applications for immunity from prosecution ahead of the country’s transition to a criminal cartel regime in April 2021.

18 December 2020

WATCH: GCR Interactive: Merger Control

GCR Interactive: Merger Control took place on 21 and 22 October. A full recording is now available to watch.

18 December 2020

EU court dismisses airline slot dispute

The EU General Court has rejected a request by American Airlines to throw out the European Commission’s declaration that Delta Air Lines has grandfathering rights over certain take-off and landing slots at London’s Heathrow Airport.

17 December 2020

CMA fines another construction cartel

The UK’s competition watchdog has fined two construction companies a total of £15 million for colluding to fix prices, marking the fourth time in two years that it has imposed sanctions on a cartel in that market.

17 December 2020

Pakistan uncovers cement sector cartel

An investigative team within Pakistan’s competition watchdog has found evidence of cartel activity in the cement sector and recommended that the agency bring cases against the leading trade association and its members.

17 December 2020

Firms promote in Australia, Europe and the US

Clayton Utz has promoted Adrian Kuti and Mihkel Wilding to the partnership in Sydney, while Wikborg Rein has named Hanne Zimmer as a partner in Oslo and Davis Polk & Wardwell has promoted a pair of associates to counsel in London and New York.

17 December 2020

CMA kicks off football kit pricing probe

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has begun an investigation into a suspected anticompetitive agreement between Rangers Football Club and four sportswear retailers relating to the prices charged for its replica football kits.

16 December 2020

Get unlimited access to all Global Competition Review content