SAMR takes hybrid approach to digital markets

Traditional antitrust tools are capable of handling competition concerns in digital markets, but there are unique features that require the consideration of additional factors, a top official at China’s competition authority has said.

04 September 2020

Enforcers agree new cooperation framework for digital age

Antitrust agencies in the UK, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand have signed a competition framework agreement that aims to increase cooperation in cross-border investigations.

03 September 2020

Norway hits grocer with gun-jumping fine

The Norwegian Competition Authority has fined NorgesGruppen €1.9 million for failing to disclose its takeover of a rival supermarket’s premises, based on sector-specific rules that require certain companies to notify the enforcer about all acquisitions.

03 September 2020

EU advocate general lays out conditions for partial immunity

The European Court of Justice should reject Recylex’s claim that it was entitled to partial immunity from fines in the European Commission’s recycled batteries cartel decision because the company did not provide the enforcer with previously unknown facts, an EU advocate general has said.

03 September 2020

ASEAN agencies experiencing increased activity

Senior officials at competition authorities in Thailand and Myanmar have said that their agencies are fielding an increasing number of competition complaints.

03 September 2020

Gazprom seeks disclosure in Polish Nord Stream 2 probe

Gazprom has challenged a decision by Poland’s competition watchdog to restrict its access to evidence in the enforcer’s Nord Stream 2 gun-jumping probe.

02 September 2020

CMA chases director disqualifications for pharmaceutical cartel

The UK’s competition watchdog has disqualified a former pharmaceutical director after he admitted his role in an antidepressant drug cartel, as the enforcer also launched disqualification proceedings against another director involved in the conspiracy.

02 September 2020

ACCC to stop publicising probes of some completed deals

Australia’s competition watchdog has removed all pending investigations into completed mergers from its public register and will no longer list such deals in future.

02 September 2020

Facebook challenges Giphy hold-separate obligations

Facebook has taken the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority to court over its refusal to exempt the company from aspects of an order that prevented it from integrating with Giphy during the enforcer's merger review.

01 September 2020

Apple ordered to change App Store rules in Russia

Russia’s competition enforcer has given Apple three months to stop unjustifiably removing third-party applications from its App Store and provide help to parental control app developers to distribute their products on its iOS operating system.

01 September 2020

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