Topic: Legislation and guidance

Šarūnas Keserauskas: the exit interview

Šarūnas Keserauskas spent 12 years at the helm of Lithuania’s Competition Council before stepping down at the end of April. He spoke with GCR about how smaller authorities are better able to tackle novel antitrust issues, why the Lithuanian watchdog is prioritising labour markets and how he developed the agency into a sophisticated enforcer despite funding constraints.

02 June 2023

EU set outs new sustainability rules in revised horizontal guidelines

The European Commission has updated its horizontal block exemption regulation and related guidelines to introduce new rules on sustainability agreements, prompting the Dutch competition watchdog to promise to bring its own sustainability guidelines in line with those of the agency.

01 June 2023

Swiss authority opposes draft legislative amendments

Switzerland’s government has proposed several amendments to the country’s competition rules to “neutralise” controversial case law, although the national antitrust enforcer has warned they undermine its abilities and vowed to challenge them.

26 May 2023

Italy provides guidance on new settlement powers

Italy’s Competition Authority has published new guidelines on recently-introduced settlement rules that allow greater discounts for non-cartel infringements, diverging slightly from the European Commission's approach in a possible bid to halt a recent stretch of losses before the courts.

25 May 2023

Driving greater diversity within the UK’s competition bar

Three members of The Law Society’s competition section are spearheading a push for greater ethnic diversity in the UK’s antitrust bar, recently organising a roundtable in partnership with the Competition and Markets Authority to discuss, promote and move forward the issue. In a conversation with GCR, Baker McKenzie partner Keith Jones, Ropes & Gray partner Ruchit Patel and Morgan Lewis & Bockius partner Omah Shah recap that meeting and explain how they – and the CMA – plan to go about achieving their mission.

12 May 2023

EU’s high-speed internet initiative lacks competition focus, regulators say

The European Commission’s draft gigabit recommendation risks “premature deregulation” by placing too much emphasis on achieving greater connectivity and not enough on promoting sustainable competition, a group of EU sector regulators has said.

10 May 2023

Czech lawmakers look to allow police wiretaps as cartel evidence

Czech lawmakers have provisionally empowered the national antitrust watchdog to use the contents of police wiretaps as evidence in cartel investigations, as part of the country’s wider transposition of the ECN+ Directive into national law.

09 May 2023

Vestager: antitrust enforcement has eased cost of living crisis

Margrethe Vestager has said competition agencies have done their job to help combat the current cost of living crisis, claiming the economic situation could have been even worse without antitrust enforcement.

05 May 2023

Enforcers report witness struggles

Some of the strongest potential witnesses in criminal antitrust cases lack the incentive to testify, a Department of Justice official has said.

05 May 2023

Senate considers legislation to splinter Google

The Senate has heard arguments in favour of legislation that would force Google and potentially other major companies to break up their digital advertising businesses.

04 May 2023

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