Region: Italy

Taxi service probed by Italian watchdog over repeat noncompliance

An Italian taxi service is being investigated by the national antitrust authority over repeated failures to remove non-compete obligations on its drivers.

21 July 2023

Italy raids major fuel companies over biofuel price-fixing concerns

Seven major oil companies face an antitrust probe in Italy after the country’s competition agency raided the businesses over allegations they agreed to fix the price of biofuels for over three years.

20 July 2023

Italy's “Golden Power”: New protectionism or legitimate protection?

Governments across the world have recently increased their oversight of inbound foreign investment by businesses in “hostile” countries that want to gain a foothold in sensitive sectors of the economy. Ughi e Nunziante Studio Legale partner Filippo Mazza reflects on the Italian government’s use of its “golden power” law and considers if deals face greater scrutiny than before.

17 July 2023

Italy fines Telecom Italia and DAZN over football streaming agreement

Italy’s Competition Authority has sanctioned Telecom Italia and pay-TV provider DAZN a combined €7.9 million for using exclusivity clauses in a football broadcasting agreement despite the parties already removing the offending provisions last year.

13 July 2023

Italy sanctions petrol stations for price-fixing

Italy’s Competition Authority has fined eight petrol stations €4.2 million for colluding to fix prices on a weekly basis for 10 years.

04 July 2023

Italy launches in-depth probe into Italiana Petroli/Esso deal

Italy’s Competition Authority has opened a Phase II investigation into the acquisition of assets from an ExxonMobil subsidiary by one of the country’s five main petrol station chains due to concerns it will create an overly dominant wholesale and retail fuel provider.

27 June 2023

Italy restricts Chinese influence over Pirelli in sweeping national security order

The Italian government has imposed a suite of conditions on the Chinese shareholder of Pirelli to remedy national security concerns, including prohibitions on appointing senior board members and protecting key technology.

19 June 2023

Italian court annuls €11.3 million antitrust fine against Poste Italiane

An Italian court has attacked the national competition authority’s abuse of economic dependence analysis in annulling an €11.3 million fine against the country’s largest postal service operator, ruling the agency’s findings were “contradictory and illogical”.

13 June 2023

Italy provides guidance on new settlement powers

Italy’s Competition Authority has published new guidelines on recently-introduced settlement rules that allow greater discounts for non-cartel infringements, diverging slightly from the European Commission's approach in a possible bid to halt a recent stretch of losses before the courts.

25 May 2023

Italy kicks off abuse probe into national football association

Italy’s Competition Authority has raided the premises of the country’s football association over allegations it prevented rival sports bodies from organising amateur tournaments for two consecutive seasons.

24 May 2023

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