Region: Austria

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

Facebook accused of gun-jumping in Austria

Austria’s Federal Competition Authority has alleged that Facebook failed to notify its acquisition of Giphy under national merger control rules aimed at capturing deals in the digital economy.

29 March 2021

Austria’s top court upholds merger notification rejection

Austria's Supreme Court has ruled that the country's competition enforcer cannot issue decisions on "hypothetical" mergers where the final shareholdings of the target company have not yet been finalised.

10 March 2021


Featured in GCR 100 2021

Austria’s local competition bar filed nearly 500 merger notifications in 2019 and is working on some of the 21 abuse of dominance investigations the antitrust enforcer opened in 2019.

11 December 2020

Cleary Gottlieb merger specialist heads to Cerha Hempel

Michael Mayr has left Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton to join Cerha Hempel as an antitrust partner in Vienna.

15 October 2020

Austria alleges RPM in musical instrument market

Austria’s Federal Competition Authority has joined European enforcement efforts against resale price maintenance in the musical instrument sector, as it accused two unnamed companies of vertical price-fixing.

03 June 2020

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