Region: Austria

Facebook/Giphy deal attracts more scrutiny in Europe

Austria’s Federal Competition Authority has opened a Phase II review into Facebook’s €340 million acquisition of Giphy, less than a week after the UK’s antitrust watchdog threatened to unwind the deal.

18 August 2021

Austria hits medical supplier with gun-jumping fine

Austria’s Cartel Court has approved the competition authority’s third gun-jumping sanction this year, although the agency says potential new amendments to the country's merger control thresholds in 2022 may halve the number of cases it files for failures to notify.

12 August 2021

Austria fines backpack maker for RPM and online sales ban

Austria’s Cartel Court has imposed a fine on a school bag manufacturer for vertical price-fixing policies lasting over seven years as well as restricting its dealers from making online sales.

03 August 2021

Germany opens Facebook/Kustomer probe due to Article 22 opposition

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said it will not refer deals to the European Commission unless they meet national notification thresholds, joining several other enforcers in rejecting the EU authority’s recent Article 22 guidance.

23 July 2021

Austrian court urged to fine construction sector cartel

The Austrian Federal Competition Authority has asked a local court to fine two Strabag Group subsidiaries a total of €45.4 million as part of the enforcer’s largest-ever cartel investigation into the construction sector.

15 July 2021

Facebook accepts €9.6 million fine for gun-jumping in Austria

Facebook has agreed to pay a €9.6 million fine for failing to notify its completed acquisition of Giphy to the Austrian Federal Competition Authority.

07 June 2021

Austrian enforcer criticises draft legislative amendments

Austria’s Federal Competition Authority has argued that proposed revisions to the country’s antitrust law would remove some of the agency’s powers and make it more beholden to the government.

20 May 2021

Austria issues more charges in “biggest ever” cartel probe

Austria’s Federal Competition Authority has filed charges against seven subsidiaries of a national construction company as part of its largest-ever cartel investigation.

23 April 2021

Austrian enforcer settles predatory pricing probe into Merck

Austria's Federal Competition Authority has accepted commitments from pharmaceutical company Merck Sharp & Dohme's local subsidiary to stop charging predatory prices for a brain tumour drug.

06 April 2021

Austrian court orders Peugeot to remedy abuse

An Austrian court has banned Peugeot from tying dealer compensation to certain sales requirements and from subsidising vehicle prices at its own sales outlets, ruling that the car manufacturer ran afoul of national and EU competition rules.

01 April 2021

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