Region: Austria


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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

Austria’s top court throws out abuse claim against public broadcaster

Austria’s Supreme Court of Justice has dismissed a standalone claim by pay-TV provider M7 accusing the national public broadcaster of charging excessive fees to decrypt its television broadcasts.

29 May 2020

Austria looks at market power in digital markets

Austria's broadcasting regulator has released a report detailing how it is monitoring communication platforms and digital gatekeepers in order to tackle weakening competition in online markets.

22 May 2020

Austria targets global drugmaker in abuse case

Austria’s Federal Competition Authority has accused an unnamed drug manufacturer of charging predatory prices for a cancer medicine, so as to dissuade hospitals from switching to rival generic brands.

15 May 2020

Austrian court asks ECJ for double jeopardy guidance

An Austrian court has asked the European Court of Justice to clarify whether the national competition authority can impose fines on a cartel that has already been fined in Germany.

07 April 2020

Google/Looker cleared in Europe

Austria’s Federal Competition Authority – the only enforcer in the European Economic Area to mandate notification of Google’s proposed acquisition of Looker Data Sciences – has cleared the deal unconditionally.

04 December 2019

Austrian enforcer accuses government of interference

The head of Austria’s competition authority has accused the country’s government of “hampering and obstructing” the enforcer’s operations.

21 November 2019


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