Topic: Legislation and guidance

CMA “lacks confidence” in criminal cartel enforcement, says UK lawyer

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority should make more use of its criminal enforcement powers to ensure cartelists apply for leniency more frequently, a UK lawyer has said.

30 June 2022

Greek enforcer launches dedicated platform to assess sustainability initiatives

Greece’s Competition Commission has launched a new regulatory sandbox that allows businesses to digitally submit sustainability agreements to the authority to assess whether their environmental benefits outweigh any competition concerns.

29 June 2022

CMA yet to fulfil post-Brexit ambitions, says UK lawyer

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is yet to demonstrate its willingness to enforce against cartels since the country left the EU, a UK lawyer has said.

28 June 2022

China ushers in new era of antitrust enforcement with passing of AML amendments

Chinese lawmakers have amended the country’s antitrust law, including sharply increasing maximum fines for various infringements, introducing personal liability for anticompetitive conduct and clarifying the framework for assessing resale price maintenance.

27 June 2022

An interview with Benoît Cœuré

Lawmakers confirmed Benoît Cœuré as the new head of France’s Competition Authority in January, following the sudden and unexpected departure of his predecessor, Isabelle de Silva. In an interview with GCR, Cœuré spoke about accusations of political interference, the need to build bridges with sector regulators and the importance of merger control in preventing excessive market power in digital markets.

24 June 2022

EU opens Phase II probe into Slovenian fuel deal

The European Commission has opened an in-depth probe into oil and gas supplier MOL’s €301 million takeover of rival OMV’s subsidiary in Slovenia, over concerns that it may significantly reduce competition in the country’s motor fuel retail market.

23 June 2022

Pennsylvania weighs flipping presumptions for price-fixing cases

Pennsylvania state lawmakers are considering a bill that would drastically ease the standards for pleading a price-fixing conspiracy and create the first antitrust whistleblower programme in the US.

23 June 2022

ECJ lays out application of limitation periods for trucks claims

The European Court of Justice has ruled that claimants seeking damages from the EU trucks cartel cannot rely on the statute of limitation provisions under the damages directive for conduct that took place before the legislation was transposed into national law.

22 June 2022

GCR Live: Law Leaders Asia-Pacific returns to Singapore

The heads of competition authorities in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei are set to speak at GCR Live: Law Leaders Asia-Pacific in August.

22 June 2022

Germany probes Google Maps under new competition powers

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has opened its third investigation into Google under its new Section 19A powers, over suspicions that the company harmed competition in the market for online mapping services by imposing unfair restrictions on rivals.

21 June 2022

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