Region: Europe

Community round-up: Firms hire in UK and Sweden

An associate director at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has moved to Walker Morris in the UK, while an ex-official at the Swedish Competition Authority has joined Norburg & Scherp.

11 February 2021

Germany in talks with Edeka over merger commitments

Germany’s antitrust authority is concerned that Edeka’s proposed acquisition of 72 Real supermarkets from SCP Retail could restrict competition in the regional markets where more than one-third of the stores are located.

11 February 2021

French court fines Google for Ads abuse

A French court has ordered Google to pay a telephone directory operator over €1.2 million in antitrust damages and reinstate the company to its Google Ads platform.

11 February 2021

EU ends first pharmaceutical excessive pricing probe

The European Commission has closed its excessive pricing investigation into Aspen, after the drugmaker committed to reduce the price of six of its cancer medicines and continue supplying them across the EU.

10 February 2021

EssilorLuxottica proposes EU remedies

EssilorLuxottica has offered structural and behavioural commitments to the European Commission as it looks to secure approval for its acquisition of GrandVision.

10 February 2021

Economists propose revisions to EU’s draft gatekeeper rules

Six competition economists have recommended that the European Commission’s draft Digital Markets Act include both a “blacklist” of prohibited conduct and a “grey list” of practices that gatekeepers could argue are procompetitive.

10 February 2021

Google health collaboration prohibited by German court

A German court has provisionally banned Google from working with the Federal Ministry of Health to display health information boxes in the company’s search results, ruling that the cooperation likely amounts to a cartel agreement.

10 February 2021

Spain fines pharmaceuticals cartel €5.8 million

Spain's antitrust enforcer has fined the country's only two suppliers of drugs used in nuclear medicine – including a local Novartis subsidiary – for dividing the market and rigging tenders.

09 February 2021

CMA appoints new cartel head

The UK's Competition and Markets Authority has appointed Juliette Enser to replace Howard Cartlidge as its senior director of cartels.

09 February 2021

Failed abuse complaint highlights merger control gap in Luxembourg

A Luxembourg court has upheld the Competition Council's decision to dismiss a complaint that alleged an already-completed merger amounted to an abuse of dominance.

08 February 2021

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