Region: Portugal

Portugal issues fourth food retail hub-and-spoke SO

The Portuguese Competition Authority has issued a statement of objections to three supermarket chains and a baked goods supplier as part of another investigation into price fixing in the food retail sector.

26 June 2020

Portugal uses interim measures in first no-poach probe

Portugal’s Competition Authority has used interim measures for the first time in over a decade to order the Portuguese Professional Football League to stop enforcing no-poach agreements between its teams.

27 May 2020

Algorithms pose “serious” competition risk, Portuguese enforcer claims

The president of Portugal’s competition authority has warned of a “future of rampant tacit collusion” brought about by advanced algorithms.

26 February 2020


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06 November 2019

“A disruption with the past that will be here to stay”

A key driver of the increase in enforcement activity by Portugal’s Competition Authority has been its president Margarida Matos Rosa, who began her role in November 2016. She sat down with GCR to discuss the agency’s work.

24 October 2019

Portugal’s competition bar

A new president at Portugal’s Competition Authority has triggered a dramatic rise in behavioural investigations, which along with merger work kept the country’s competition lawyers busy. Matt Richards considers the firms and individuals leading the way.

11 October 2019

National court rejects ECJ ruling on damages

A first instance court in Portugal has ruled that a damages claim is time-barred by national law – rejecting a European Court of Justice judgment that EU law overrides national legislation.

09 October 2019

When robots collude

Today, cartelists are less likely to meet in a smoke-filled room than in a chat room. Is the next step for them to avoid meeting at all? Charley Connor explores how artificial intelligence could enable companies to avoid both antitrust liability and competition.

27 September 2019

Portugal issues highest fine in energy sector

Portugal’s Competition Authority has ordered the largest energy producer in the country to pay a €48 million fine for abuse of dominance.

19 September 2019

Portugal’s first antitrust class action moves forward

A Portuguese court has given consumers 30 days to opt out of the country’s first ever antitrust class action, against Sport TV.

16 September 2019

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