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24 November 2023

Breweries alter Swedish exclusivity clauses to end antitrust probe

Carlsberg and Spendrups have agreed to alter exclusivity clauses that forced Swedish hospitality customers to purchase a certain percentage of their total beer requirements, ending a probe from the country’s competition watchdog.

27 October 2023

Sweden sanctions refrigerated vehicle services cartel

Sweden’s Competition Authority has fined a company that conspired to divide the market for temperature-controlled food transportation services, but applied nearly an 85% discount to the sanction for fear of undermining competition in the country’s milk production sector.

07 July 2023

Top Swedish lawyer moves to rival, Vinge hires from Apple and promotes

Swedish law firm Kastell has poached the head of Vinge’s competition practice, while the latter has hired a former European Commission official from Apple and also promoted a new partner, counsel and chief economist.

01 June 2023

Sweden ends railway abuse probe without infringement finding

The Swedish Competition Authority has closed its investigation into a state-owned railway logistics company for allegedly excluding a competitor from accessing its shunting services, finding a new initiative launched by the transport authority renders the probe unnecessary.

30 March 2023

Sweden proposes new foreign investment review regime

The Swedish government has adopted draft foreign investment control rules that are due to come into force in December, making it the last Nordic country to introduce such a regime.

17 March 2023

Sweden issues rare Phase I clearance with behavioral conditions

The Swedish Competition Authority has approved Bonnier's €47.9 million acquisition of an online subscription platform, after the merging parties committed not to self-preference their own publishing titles and refrain from anticompetitive data collection practices.

07 February 2023

Sweden launches electric charging market study

The Swedish Competition Authority has opened a sector inquiry into the electric vehicle charging market to establish if some municipalities and a state-owned energy provider prevented new rivals from entering the market.

02 February 2023

Infrastructure company abandons merger after Swedish authority hints at deal block

Construction services provider Vestum has dropped its proposed purchase of a moisture protection material supplier after Sweden’s competition enforcer indicated it would likely block the tie-up, but will proceed with a below-threshold acquisition of another company included in the same deal.

10 January 2023

Brazil, Sweden and Poland open fuel pricing investigations

Brazil’s antitrust watchdog has opened a preliminary probe into a suspected fuel resale cartel, as enforcers in Sweden and Poland have launched market inquiries into rising fuel prices.

09 January 2023

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