Region: Europe

EU threatens to impose interim injunction on Illumina/Grail deal

The European Commission plans to impose interim measures on Illumina and Grail to keep their businesses separate after the companies’ “unprecedented” decision to close their deal during the enforcer’s Phase II probe.

21 September 2021

EU official defends approvals record under temporary state aid framework

A European Commission official has defended her agency’s decision not to launch any probes into state aid applications received under the temporary framework, but acknowledged concerns about the disproportionate number of approvals being granted to specific governments.

21 September 2021

CMA litigation director to give keynote at GCR Live: Competition Litigation

An array of UK and European antitrust specialists will convene at GCR Live: Competition Litigation in less than two weeks time.

20 September 2021

A Q&A with Margarida Matos Rosa

With almost five years as president of the Portuguese Competition Authority under her belt, Margarida Matos Rosa spoke to Charley Connor about the agency’s recent forays into labour markets, the importance of focus when running a small authority and her ambitious plans for the 15 months left of her mandate.

20 September 2021

Court throws out Vodafone Italia’s margin squeeze fine

An Italian court has quashed the national competition enforcer’s €5.7 million fine to Vodafone Italia for operating a margin squeeze in the bulk text messaging market, two months after overturning another major antitrust ruling against the telecommunications company and its rivals.

17 September 2021

Greek authority continues dawn raids surge

Greece’s Competition Commission has raided several companies in the school equipment market based on concerns they breached resale price maintenance rules, confirming a shift in policy that has seen it increase the number of office inspections it launches.

17 September 2021

UK watchdog opens Phase II review into Sony Music/AWAL

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has opened an in-depth review into Sony Music Entertainment’s acquisition of independent record label AWAL to determine if the deal will wipe out an up-and-coming competitor.

17 September 2021

French enforcer considers failing firm defence in furniture retail deal

France’s Competition Authority has opened an in-depth review into Mobilux Group’s acquisition of struggling furniture retailer Conforama France, although local lawyers believe it will be difficult for the companies to convince the authority to accept their failing firm defence.

16 September 2021

Top German court blesses indirect purchaser claims in trucks litigation

The EU trucks cartel likely raised the prices of trucks manufactured and sold by companies that were not part of the collusion, Germany’s highest court has ruled.

15 September 2021

MWE strengthens in Paris with hire from Latham & Watkins

Frédéric Pradelles has joined McDermott Will & Emery’s antitrust team as a partner in Paris.

15 September 2021

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