Topic: Legislation and guidance

Khan lists potential updates to merger guidance, draft expected in “coming months”

Federal Trade Commission chair Lina Khan has said the US antitrust agencies are aiming to issue a draft of updated merger guidelines “in the coming months and a final document by the end of the year”.

09 May 2022

UK government delays planned crackdown on digital markets

The UK government has published its proposals for the country’s new digital markets competition regime, but warned that legislation needed to implement the rules may not be passed until next year.

06 May 2022

EU kicks off foreign subsidies trilogues

The European Parliament, Council and Commission have started negotiations to finalise a legislative proposal that will empower the latter to investigate and take action against market-distorting foreign subsidies.

05 May 2022

New ACCC chair strikes measured tone in first major speech

The new head of Australia’s competition watchdog has refused to explicitly call for changes to the country’s competition law until after the federal elections this month, as she reflected on priorities laid out by her predecessor.

04 May 2022

Canada seeks to increase abuse of dominance penalties

Canada’s deputy prime minister has proposed amending the country’s competition law to increase the penalties for abuse of dominance and allow private litigants to file abuse claims, but local lawyers have criticised the lack of public debate surrounding the changes.

27 April 2022

CMA chair will be appointed imminently, says UK business minister

The UK government is set to announce a new chair for the country’s Competition and Markets Authority in the next few weeks to ensure the agency is ready for the “extra” and “fundamental” duties that come with its new powers, the country’s business minister has said.

27 April 2022

Malaysia proposes hybrid merger regime as part of major competition law revamp

Malaysia’s Competition Commission has proposed long-awaited amendments to the country’s antitrust law, including introducing a hybrid merger notification regime with multiple sectoral carve-outs.

26 April 2022

EU lawmakers back foreign subsidies proposal with amendments

An EU parliamentary committee has backed the European Commission’s legislative proposal to tackle anticompetitive foreign subsidies within the bloc, although lawyers are concerned about the wider effects the new legislation could have on international trading partners.

26 April 2022

Swiss enforcer claims legal amendments threaten national competition enforcement

Switzerland’s Competition Commission has pushed back against the government’s plan to amend the national competition law, but local lawyers have said its concerns are largely overblown.

26 April 2022

US agencies considering conglomerate issues during merger guideline review, Khan says

Federal Trade Commission chair Lina Khan has said the US antitrust agencies are considering ways in which to evaluate deals involving conglomerate effects as the enforcers consider revisions to their merger guidelines.

25 April 2022

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