Region: Italy

Italy closes abuse probe due to lack of evidence

The Italian Competition Authority has closed an abuse of dominance investigation into a manufacturer of plastic moulded products and associated machinery after the agency found no evidence of anticompetitive conduct.

17 November 2021

Italian government approves draft amendments to antitrust legislation

The Italian government has approved several draft changes to the country’s competition rules, which would strengthen the national antitrust enforcer’s investigative powers if passed by lawmakers next year.

11 November 2021

Italy opens electric car charging station JV probe

The Italian Competition Authority has opened a full investigation into a proposed joint venture between Enel X and Volkswagen to develop ultra-fast electric vehicle charging stations, after warning that a non-compete agreement at the heart of the deal could harm consumers.

09 November 2021

Italy drops Google ad probe amid parallel EU investigation

Italy’s antitrust watchdog has dropped its online advertising probe into Google because the European Commission is investigating the same conduct, sparking mixed reactions from local lawyers over clashing enforcement activities at the national and EU level.

03 November 2021

Cleary Gottlieb strengthens in Europe with promotions

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has promoted two associates to the partnership in London and Cologne, as well as a lawyer to counsel in Brussels.

27 October 2021

Italy clears digital payments deal with remedies

Italy’s antitrust enforcer has conditionally cleared Nexi’s €4.6 billion purchase of rival SIA, concluding that the merged company’s dominant position will likely be constrained by new competitors in the future because of the rapid development of the digital payments sector.

15 October 2021

Italy accepts remedies to end anti-fraud platform probe

Italy’s Competition Authority has dropped an investigation into an insurance industry group’s anti-fraud tool after the association promised to give non-members access and prevent the sharing of sensitive information.

06 October 2021

Court throws out Vodafone Italia’s margin squeeze fine

An Italian court has quashed the national competition enforcer’s €5.7 million fine to Vodafone Italia for operating a margin squeeze in the bulk text messaging market, two months after overturning another major antitrust ruling against the telecommunications company and its rivals.

17 September 2021

Italy opens in-depth review into digital payments merger

Italy’s Competition Authority has launched a Phase II probe into Nexi's proposed purchase of rival SIA, citing concerns the deal could create a dominant player in the digital payments sector.

03 September 2021

Telecom Italia and Vodafone settle five antitrust claims

Telecom Italia and Vodafone have agreed to end all legal disputes between themselves, including five antitrust cases that saw Vodafone seeking more than €2 billion in damages from Italy’s leading telecommunications provider.

12 August 2021

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