Region: Australia

Post-coronavirus airline competition is crucial, Sims says

Quickly identifying and remedying any potential damage to competition in the domestic airline industry is critical when the sector starts to rebound from the covid-19 pandemic, the head of Australia’s antitrust enforcer has said.

17 September 2020

Mylan/Upjohn cleared with remedies

Competition enforcers in New Zealand and Australia have cleared the proposed merger of Pfizer’s subsidiary Upjohn with Mylan subject to a series of divestitures.

10 September 2020

Australia probes app stores

Australia’s competition watchdog has launched an investigation into mobile applications stores and will examine the extent of competition between Google and Apple in the market.

09 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

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

Former steel manager pleads guilty to obstruction in Australia

A former manager at a major steel manufacturer has pleaded guilty to obstructing a cartel investigation.

01 September 2020

Sims criticises Facebook’s threat to block news sharing

Australia’s competition czar has said a threat by Facebook to block Australian publishers and people from sharing news on its social media platforms is “ill-timed and misconceived”.

01 September 2020

ACCC delays Google/Fitbit decision to align with EU review

Australia’s competition watchdog has postponed issuing a ruling on Google’s acquisition of Fitbit until December to align with the European Commission’s ongoing merger review.

11 August 2020

Australia unveils pay-for-news law for Facebook and Google

Australian news publishers – collectively if they choose – will be able to negotiate with Facebook and Google to receive payment for their content under draft legislation that was published today.

31 July 2020

ACCC “pre-populated” draft witness statement in ANZ cartel case

Australia’s competition watchdog “pre-populated” a draft witness statement for an employee of a leniency applicant in its landmark ANZ criminal cartel case, according to testimony by one of the agency’s general managers.

24 July 2020

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