Region: Germany

Germany scrutinises Edeka deal

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has opened an in-depth investigation into Edeka’s takeover of 72 Real supermarkets, two months after it launched a Phase II probe examining the impact of rival Kaufland’s purchase of 102 Real stores.

21 September 2020

Mundt: fines against large digital companies are ineffective

Fines do not work as an effective remedy to unilateral conduct in the digital economy, the president of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said.

16 September 2020

New chair appointed to Germany’s Monopolies Commission

Germany’s Monopolies Commission has appointed law professor Jürgen Kühling as its new chair to replace former head Achim Wambach.

11 September 2020

Germany set to recommence dawn raids

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office is ready to conduct dawn raids again after pausing inspections due to the coronavirus pandemic, the enforcer’s president has said.

08 September 2020

Germany clears slaughterhouse deal amid covid-19 outbreaks

Germany’s competition authority has approved a slaughterhouse operator’s takeover of an employee contracting service, in a deal which aims to avoid a new law banning migrant workers in the sector after outbreaks of coronavirus at several facilities.

27 August 2020

Germany investigates Amazon’s influence over pricing

Amazon is facing another antitrust probe in Germany after it banned sellers from its Marketplace platform for hiking prices of products related to the coronavirus pandemic.

17 August 2020

Bearings manufacturers fight defunct joint venture block

A German court will hear arguments next week in a unique appeal against a Federal Cartel Office decision prohibiting a joint venture between two bearings makers, despite a government minister already overruling the block.

14 August 2020

German enforcer handed potential lifeline in Booking.com case

Germany’s highest court has agreed to hear the Federal Cartel Office’s appeal against a lower court ruling that narrow most-favoured-nation clauses do not breach competition rules.

10 August 2020

Orrick expands German competition team

Lars Mesenbrink has joined Orrick as a partner in Düsseldorf, leaving Hengeler Mueller after nine years at the firm.

05 August 2020

German report recommends EU digital regulation

Germany's Monopolies Commission has recommended that digital platforms should be regulated at an EU level and forced to divest parts of their business if their abusive conduct has lasting effects on market structure.

31 July 2020

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