Region: Spain

Spain and Portugal run joint dawn raids under new cooperation agreement

The Portuguese and Spanish antitrust watchdogs have jointly raided a wood chip company in Spain over potential market-sharing and unlawful information exchanges.

26 October 2022

Spain hits Merck with €39 million abuse fine for sham litigation

Spain’s antitrust watchdog has fined Merck €38.9 million for abusing its dominant position in the market for a type of contraceptive, finding the company unlawfully delayed the entry of a competing product through deceptive patent litigation.

25 October 2022

Spain probes over exclusivity clauses

Spain’s antitrust enforcer is investigating if imposed unlawful exclusivity clauses and unfair trading conditions on hotels, joining a long list of competition authorities that have scrutinised the platform’s contractual restrictions.

18 October 2022

Spain issues rare fine under competition rules for consumer deception

Spain’s antitrust enforcer has fined renewable energy producer Audax €9.2 million for breaking the country’s competition law by deceiving consumers into switching providers.

17 October 2022

Squire Patton Boggs recruits former EU enforcer

Squire Patton Boggs has hired Gorka Navea as a partner in Madrid from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

04 October 2022

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

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