Topic: Legislation and guidance

New market inquiry powers will be used sparingly, German official says

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office will seldom use new powers to impose structural remedies as part of sector inquiries, a government official has said.

28 September 2023

Lawmakers look to expand CFIUS authority

A pair of senators have introduced a bill that would give the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States the jurisdiction to screen deals affecting personal information.

28 September 2023

CMA sets out key principles to protect competition in AI markets

A major push at home and abroad is needed to further develop new guiding principles published today that intend to govern artificial intelligence models, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said.

18 September 2023

Canada set to eliminate efficiencies defence

Justin Trudeau has confirmed the Canadian government will amend the country’s merger control rules to stop companies relying on much-publicised efficiencies defences to justify otherwise anticompetitive deals.

15 September 2023

EU reveals first DMA gatekeeper designations

Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, ByteDance, Meta and Microsoft have six months to ensure their core platform services comply with the Digital Markets Act now that the European Commission has designated them as gatekeepers under its new regime.

06 September 2023

India fleshes out new merger regime

New draft merger regulations clarifying how India’s competition authority will enforce recently introduced deal notification thresholds are expected to trigger a sharp increase in filings.

05 September 2023

Australian government launches competition policy review

A newly-established competition taskforce in Australia has launched a two-year review into whether the country’s competition framework is fit for purpose.

25 August 2023

Congressional committees float proposals to curb DOJ funding

The House and Senate committees responsible for appropriations have proposed legislation that would prevent the Department of Justice’s antitrust division from taking advantage of increased merger fees.

09 August 2023

Lithuanian antitrust enforcer flags concerns over forestry legislation

A proposed amendment to Lithuania’s forestry law may be anticompetitive since it could create favourable opportunities for some domestic companies to process wood from state-owned forests, the country’s antitrust watchdog has said.

04 August 2023

DOJ official: guidelines don’t favour pro-enforcement precedent

The US antitrust agencies’ proposed merger guidelines do not just reflect case law that is the most beneficial to enforcers, the policy director for the Department of Justice’s antitrust division has said.

27 July 2023

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