Region: Europe

EU launches Phase II probe into Facebook/Kustomer deal

The European Commission has opened its second in-depth merger investigation following an Article 22 referral, this time examining Facebook’s acquisition of customer service platform Kustomer.

02 August 2021

E.CA strengthens London office with promotion

E.CA Economics has promoted principal Bas Dessens to director in its London office.

02 August 2021

Dutch court upholds Coca-Cola bottler probe closure

A Rotterdam court has confirmed that the Dutch antitrust watchdog was entitled to drop an abuse of dominance investigation into a Coca-Cola bottler after finding a full probe would be costly and out of line with the agency’s priorities.

02 August 2021

France revises penalty guidance

France’s Competition Authority has updated its fining notice after 10 years, which clarifies changes introduced by the ECN+ Directive as well as expanding how it calculates the seriousness of infringing conduct.

30 July 2021

Portugal issues private health sector with SO over collective bargaining

The Portuguese Competition Authority has accused five hospitals and their business association of coordinating negotiation strategies to fix prices of services offered to public agencies, but lawyers have warned the case could mean “the end of collective bargaining” for professional organisations.

30 July 2021

EU Phase II probes at slowest pace in a decade, Dechert report finds

The European Commission’s in-depth merger investigations are exceeding 18 months on average, law firm Dechert’s latest quarterly merger tracking report has found.

30 July 2021

Google faces £920 million UK class action over app store rules

Plaintiff law firm Hausfeld is spearheading a proposed class action against Google that seeks almost £1 billion on behalf of 19.5 million UK consumers that allegedly overpaid for in-app content as a result of the company’s application store restrictions.

29 July 2021

CMA doles out £100 million in fines for excessive pricing of thyroid drug

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has hit Advanz Pharma and its two former owners with more than £100 million in fines for overcharging the country’s national health service for thyroid medication liothyronine over an eight-year period.

29 July 2021

EU clears Orange acquisition with remedies

The European Commission has cleared Orange’s €268 million acquisition of Telekom Romania, subject to the latter divesting its 30% minority shareholding in Telekom Romania Mobile Communications.

29 July 2021

France launches second market definition test during a merger review

France’s Competition Authority has opened a public consultation to determine the correct relevant market applying to its investigation of a deal in the temperature-controlled goods transport sector.

29 July 2021

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