Region: Europe

Dutch authority drops RPM probe despite uptick in vertical enforcement

The Dutch competition authority has closed an investigation into alleged resale price maintenance in the home furnishings sector, in what appears to be the first case to be discontinued in line with the agency’s guidelines on assessing vertical agreements.

18 August 2021

Germany settles RPM probe into backpack maker

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has fined a backpack maker approximately €2 million for setting minimum retail prices, a month after the same company was sanctioned in Austria for the same infringement.

17 August 2021

Fieldfisher hires from BNY Mellon

Miguel Vaz has joined Fieldfisher as a partner in London from Bank of New York Mellon.

17 August 2021

Poland challenges private healthcare deal

Poland’s competition authority has refused to clear a merger between a major private healthcare provider and a medical centre unless they offer remedies to address its concerns that the deal could eliminate local rivals.

16 August 2021

Spain accuses Telefónica of violating merger conditions

Spain’s antitrust enforcer has accused Telefónica of violating the conditions of a 2015 merger agreement by entering into an exclusive streaming deal and preventing mobile customers from switching service providers.

13 August 2021

France greenlights toy store takeover with structural remedies

France’s Competition Authority has cleared a deal that will save toy retailer Maxi Toys from bankruptcy, subject to the buyer divesting three of the 95 purchased stores.

13 August 2021

Telecom Italia and Vodafone settle five antitrust claims

Telecom Italia and Vodafone have agreed to end all legal disputes between themselves, including five antitrust cases that saw Vodafone seeking more than €2 billion in damages from Italy’s leading telecommunications provider.

12 August 2021

CMA looks to reverse Facebook/Giphy deal

Forcing Facebook to unwind its already completed acquisition of Giphy is likely the only way to solve concerns that the deal has or will harm competition in the markets for social media and display advertising, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said.

12 August 2021

Austria hits medical supplier with gun-jumping fine

Austria’s Cartel Court has approved the competition authority’s third gun-jumping sanction this year, although the agency says potential new amendments to the country's merger control thresholds in 2022 may halve the number of cases it files for failures to notify.

12 August 2021

UK payment provider offers commitments to energy regulator in abuse probe

PayPoint says it will remove exclusivity clauses in its contracts with energy suppliers and retailers as well as donate over £12 million to charity to settle an abuse of dominance investigation by the UK's energy regulator.

11 August 2021

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