Region: Spain

Agency officials urge academics to increase research into enforcement outcomes

Senior officials at competition authorities in Spain and France have called on academics to conduct more enforcement impact assessments, while a commissioner at the Italian Competition Authority called for more studies into antitrust issues in labour markets.

23 September 2022

ECN+ has brought influx of leniency applications in Italy, official says

Italy’s Competition Authority has witnessed a surge in leniency applications following the transposition of the ECN+ directive, which is likely due to the introduction of criminal immunity, a commissioner at the agency has said.

22 September 2022

Spain scrutinises merger-to-monopoly in Barcelona port

The Spanish competition authority has opened a Phase II investigation into the acquisition of a Barcelona port terminal by its only rival, having rejected the purchaser’s proposed commitments.

21 September 2022

Telefónica fined €5 million for breaching merger commitments

Spain’s antitrust watchdog has hit Telefónica with a €5 million penalty for not abiding by the remedies it imposed when conditionally approving the telecommunications operator’s acquisition of Distribuidora de Television Digital in 2015.

16 September 2022

Spanish enforcer opposes government’s food price-fixing proposal

Spain’s antitrust watchdog has cautioned the national government against fixing prices for certain staple food products amid rising inflation, claiming this would violate both national and EU antitrust laws.

13 September 2022

AG Pitruzzella eschews distinction between standalone and follow-on claims

National courts cannot ignore findings from competition enforcers when presiding over related private litigation, even if those decisions relate to matters arising before the EU Damages Directive existed, an EU advocate general has said.

09 September 2022

Freshfields, Pérez Llorca, Latham and Gide lead Orange/MasMovil deal

Orange and MasMovil have tapped Latham & Watkins, Pérez Llorca, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Gide Loyrette Nouel to steer the €18.6 billion merger of Spain's second and fourth-largest mobile network operators.

26 July 2022

Spain sanctions 25-year construction cartel

Spain’s competition authority has fined six of the country’s leading construction companies a combined €203.6 million after finding they rigged thousands of public tenders for construction and civil projects over a 25-year period.

07 July 2022

ECJ lays out application of limitation periods for trucks claims

The European Court of Justice has ruled that claimants seeking damages from the EU trucks cartel cannot rely on the statute of limitation provisions under the damages directive for conduct that took place before the legislation was transposed into national law.

22 June 2022

Community round-up: former EU deputy chief economist joins RBB Economics

RBB Economics has snagged Miguel de la Mano from Compass Lexecon, while Latham & Watkins has hired new counsel and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has promoted an associate in Brussels.

21 June 2022

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