Organisation: Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

ACCC warns region will experience gas shortfall unless competition is boosted

Improving access to storage facilities and transport pipelines will improve competition in Australia’s east coast gas market and prevent the region from experiencing a shortfall by 2027, a commissioner at the country’s competition watchdog has said.

21 March 2023

A Q&A with Gina Cass-Gottlieb

A year after being appointed chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Gina Cass-Gottlieb spoke with GCR about upcoming merger control reforms, deciding which sectors need targeted regulation or antitrust enforcement, and the impact of criminal enforcement on a recent uptick in leniency applications.

17 March 2023

Evolving legislation and enforcement tactics help competition authorities fight cartels and abusive conduct

Featured in Asia-Pacific Antitrust Review 2023

Significant changes to competition law enforcement (eg, the amendment to China’s anti-monopoly law) and a sharp focus on emerging areas (eg, digital markets) are helping Asia-Pacific authorities prove themselves to be on par with their European and North American counterparts.

10 March 2023

Stronger enforcement and sanctions for pharmaceutical infringements

Featured in Asia-Pacific Antitrust Review 2023

Asia-Pacific regulators are increasingly shining a light on antitrust violations in the pharmaceuticals industry, with stiffer penalties for cartel conduct, abuse of dominance and anticompetitive agreements.

10 March 2023

Australia: ACCC sharpens focus on punishing competition contraventions, improving merger control and boosting digital regulation

Featured in Asia-Pacific Antitrust Review 2023

As the covid-19 pandemic ebbs, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is looking to new, harsher enforcement proceedings to crack down on cartels, closely monitor vertical arrangements and survey designated digital platforms.

10 March 2023

ACCC probes Big Tech’s “expanding ecosystems”

Australia’s competition watchdog has launched another market study into digital platforms, as its latest probe examines the “expanding ecosystems” of Google, Apple, Meta, Microsoft and Amazon.

08 March 2023

ACCC shifts focus to sustainability and essential services

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has established a new internal task force focused on sustainability and also plans to broaden its focus from greenwashing and deceptive marketing to include antitrust issues, the agency’s head has said.

07 March 2023

ACCC suffers another loss in NSW Ports case

Australia’s antitrust authority has failed to overturn a ruling that said several agreements between a port operator and the New South Wales government did not harm competition.

23 February 2023

ACCC launches cartel proceedings against tech company

Australia’s antitrust authority has accused Swift Networks of conspiring with a rival to rig bids and fix prices for the supply of technology equipment and infrastructure to several mining sites.

17 February 2023

EU approves Sika/MBCC divestment package

The European Commission has approved construction chemical supplier Sika’s €5.1 billion acquisition of rival MBCC, subject to a global remedy that requires the latter to sell its chemical admixture business to a single purchaser across multiple jurisdictions.

09 February 2023

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