Region: Europe

French court declines to block Illumina/Grail merger referral to EU

France's Council of State has rejected an application from Illumina to suspend the national competition authority's referral of its acquisition of Grail to the European Commission, which is the first time the authority has referred a below-threshold deal to the EU agency.

09 April 2021

Romania probes Samsung and key retailers for RPM

Romania’s Competition Council has raided the local Samsung subsidiary alongside the country’s top electronics retailers as it probes potential resale price maintenance agreements.

09 April 2021

Microsoft faces £270 million standalone damages claim

A UK-based reseller of pre-owned Microsoft software is seeking at least £270 million from the technology company to account for damages that it claims it suffered as a result of Microsoft’s abuse of dominance.

08 April 2021

bureau Brandeis hires from Dutch enforcer

Lara Elzas has left her role as a senior lawyer at the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets to join litigation boutique bureau Brandeis.

08 April 2021

UK launches Digital Markets Unit

The UK has launched a new regulator to tackle the market power of large technology companies, but lawyers have warned it is a “cockpit without an engine” in the absence of legislation.

07 April 2021

Google fined in Ukraine for failing to submit information

Ukraine’s competition enforcer has penalised Google for waiting over a year to submit information it requested in connection with an antitrust complaint against the tech company.

07 April 2021

Brattle Group nabs Davis from Cornerstone

Peter Davis has left his role as head of Cornerstone Research’s EU competition practice to join Brattle Group as a principal in London.

07 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

Air Canada abandons Transat deal over EU scrutiny

Air Canada has scrapped its plans to acquire Transat during the European Commission’s in-depth review of the deal, concluding that offering further "onerous" remedies would harm its ability to compete and recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

06 April 2021

CMA opens Phase II investigation into Facebook/Giphy

The UK’s antitrust enforcer has launched an in-depth review into Facebook’s €340 million acquisition of Giphy, after the social media company refused to offer remedies to address the authority’s competition concerns.

01 April 2021

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