Region: Europe

Facebook accuses CMA of flawed analysis in exemption request

Facebook has alleged that the UK’s competition agency failed to consider basic elements of its exemption request from an interim order the authority imposed on its deal to acquire Giphy.

19 October 2020

CMA will probe Google and Facebook if regulation stalls

The head of the UK’s competition authority has said his agency will open investigations into Google and Facebook if the country’s government does not implement a regulatory framework for the digital market within one year.

19 October 2020

CMA backtracks on JD Sports fine

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has revoked the £300,000 fine it imposed on JD Sports for breaching an interim order after new information came to light during the retailer’s appeal against the penalty.

16 October 2020

Czech court restores gun-jumping fine

Czech Republic's highest administrative court has reinstated the national competition authority’s gun-jumping fine against fuel company Armex Oil after a lower court had reduced the sanction for being disproportionate.

16 October 2020

UK threatens to block school supplies merger

The UK’s competition enforcer has warned that it may prohibit the acquisition of an educational resource supplier by a group of local public authorities over fears that it would leave schools with fewer purchasing options.

16 October 2020

French and Dutch governments add voice to platform regulation debate

Two ministers in France and the Netherlands have signed a joint position paper calling for the creation of specific rules to curb the power of so-called digital gatekeepers and empowering a European regulator to impose access obligations to remedy harmful conduct.

15 October 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

Finland clears cash handling deal with behavioural commitments

Finland’s competition enforcer has cleared a vertical merger between cash handling company Loomis and bank machine operator Automatia, subject to the merged entity granting rivals access to its cash points and other services.

15 October 2020

Firms promote to bolster European practices

White & Case and Kirkland & Ellis have added new partners to their antitrust teams in Brussels and London, respectively.

14 October 2020

Spain targets dog association in abuse probe

Spain’s competition enforcer is investigating the country’s main dog association for allegedly blocking rivals from certifying purebred dogs and organising competing events.

14 October 2020

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