Organisation: European Commission

EU “ready to take risks” to defend merger decisions in court, official says

The EU is prepared to take risks by relying on new forms of evidence to defend novel merger decisions before the bloc’s courts, an official at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition has said.

19 October 2022

Merger control causing “tremendous unpredictability” for businesses, Illumina lawyer says

Increased antitrust enforcement alongside a lack of clarity in merger control has made deal-making and planning a “very real concern” for businesses, an in-house antitrust lawyer at Illumina has said.

19 October 2022

EU lawmakers accuse Big Tech of “astroturfing” to sway DMA

Three members of the European Parliament have accused Amazon, Google and Meta of breaching lobbying transparency rules by using five smaller associations to influence the Digital Markets Act and the Digital Services Act on their behalf.

17 October 2022

Hybrid dawn raids: How the future of work is impacting cartel investigations today

Just as the workplace has entered a new era, so too have the global rules and processes around dawn raids. Employees are now working from anywhere, storing data on personal devices and communicating across numerous chat, collaboration and video conferencing tools. FTI Consulting senior managing director Ashley Brickles examines how competition authorities across the world have been quick to pivot their dawn raid techniques to align with the modern data landscape.

07 October 2022

Class actions brought on behalf of businesses face “rocky road”, barrister warns

A significant difference in how the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has treated class action claims brought on behalf of consumers and businesses means the latter likely face a “rocky road” in future, a leading competition barrister has said.

06 October 2022

France remedies pharmaceutical deal following EU referral

France’s Competition Authority has conditionally approved Phoenix Group’s €1.5 billion acquisition of McKesson’s European businesses, after asking the European Commission for permission to review national aspects of a deal for only the fourth time.

03 October 2022

EU closes Czech railway predatory pricing probe

The European Commission has closed a six-year predatory pricing investigation into České dráhy without an infringement decision, two years after levelling formal allegations against the Czech Republic’s state-owned railway operator.

03 October 2022

EU finalises guidelines exempting gig workers from competition rules

The European Commission has adopted new guidelines clarifying when self-employed people, such as actors, musicians and gig workers, can collectively negotiate better working conditions without breaching the bloc’s competition rules.

29 September 2022

Enforcers in developing countries monitoring EU efforts to regulate Big Tech

Competition officials in South Africa and India have said both agencies are keeping a close eye on the implementation of EU’s Digital Markets Act but it is too early to say if the countries could enact similar regulation.

23 September 2022

The winding path of Illumina/Grail

The European Commission’s decision to prohibit Illumina’s already-completed acquisition of Grail brought an end to the administrative stage of a legal saga that has attracted interest beyond competition law specialists. Norton Rose Fulbright partner Miranda Cole examines the case’s highly-debated implications for the EU merger control regime in light of both the commission’s ruling and the EU General Court’s remarks on the matter so far.

22 September 2022

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