Region: Israel

Israeli court imprisons senior executive in AI cartel

A court in Israel has sentenced a former executive at a software company to five and a half months in prison for participating in a price-fixing cartel, as the country's judiciary continues a recent trend of imprisoning individuals for antitrust violations.

14 September 2021

Israel fines news website for hiding data in merger probe

Israeli news website Ynet has agreed to pay a fine for failing to disclose crucial information during the national antitrust enforcer’s probe into the now-abandoned Taboola/Outbrain merger.

23 August 2021

Israel blocks three-to-two lens merger

Israel’s Competition Authority has blocked an Essilor-Luxottica subsidiary’s attempt to purchase a rival eyeglass lens maker because the deal would reduce the number of competitors in the lens manufacturing market from three to two.

28 June 2021

Israeli head quits early

Michal Halperin is stepping down as head of Israel’s Competition Authority seven months before her six-year mandate is up.

24 May 2021

Israel seeks fines in Facebook gun-jumping probe

Israel’s Competition Authority has warned Facebook that it might fine the company close to €1.5 million for failing to notify the acquisitions of two online messaging businesses that should have been reported under the country’s merger control rules.

13 May 2021

Taboola settles Israeli criminal probe into Outbrain deal

Taboola has agreed to pay €1.2 million to settle the Israeli competition enforcer’s allegations that it illegally concealed its interference with third-party evidence as the authority reviewed its now-abandoned merger with Outbrain.

31 March 2021

Israel launches criminal proceedings against elevator cartel

Israel's Competition Authority has filed criminal charges against five elevator companies – including Schindler and Kone – and their directors for allegedly fixing prices for maintenance services.

15 March 2021

Former Israeli enforcer returns to Compass Lexecon

Yair Eilat has rejoined Compass Lexecon after spending three years as the chief economist and deputy director-general of Israel’s Competition Authority.

01 March 2021

Israel pushes for new regulation of online platforms

Israel’s Competition Authority has recommended that the country’s government regulate the conduct of online platforms through a more targeted version of the EU’s platform-to-business regulation.

08 February 2021

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