Region: Germany

White & Case and Covington & Burling promote in Europe

White & Case has promoted Lars Petersen to partner in Germany, while Covington & Burling has promoted Melissa Van Schoorisse and Katherine Kingsbury to of counsel and special counsel.

12 October 2021

Digital regulation will foster innovation instead of constraining it, European enforcers say

The heads of the EU, UK and German competition agencies have rejected suggestions that digital regulation is a “straitjacket” to innovation, arguing that a lack of competition is the true obstacle to new products and services.

01 October 2021

Consumer protection powers should complement antitrust enforcement, Mundt says

Competition agencies should also have the power to enforce consumer protection laws to properly tackle problems in digital markets, the president of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said.

30 September 2021

Germany blocks newspaper deal

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has issued a rare decision to block media publisher Funke Mediengruppe’s proposed acquisition of a full stake in daily newspaper Ostthüringer Zeitung, citing concerns that it could lead to another regional newspaper monopoly.

29 September 2021

German court overturns approval of telecoms joint venture

A court in Düsseldorf has overturned a decision by Germany’s antitrust watchdog to conditionally clear a joint venture between EWE and Deutsche Telekom that allowed both companies to expand their fibre optic networks in the northwestern part of the country.

28 September 2021

Germany proposes merger control reforms under DMA

The German government has published a legal opinion suggesting that merger control provisions be included in the Digital Markets Act.

27 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

German court quashes brewery cartel fines

A court in Düsseldorf has issued a rare decision overturning €8 million in cartel fines levied against three breweries by Germany’s competition authority, after concluding that there was insufficient evidence to justify the sanctions.

13 September 2021

Ex-Freshfields lawyers launch spin-off boutique in Germany

Three former principal associates in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s competition team in Düsseldorf have left the firm to open an antitrust boutique in the same city.

01 September 2021

Nord Stream 2 must unbundle supply from its operation, German court rules

A German court has refused to exempt the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from EU regulation aimed at ensuring fair competition in the gas sector.

26 August 2021

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