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Operation Car Wash leads to yet another cartel probe

Operation Car Wash leads to yet another cartel probe

18 April 2019

Brazil’s competition authority has signed a leniency agreement with the company at the centre of the wide-ranging Operation Car Wash corruption probe, as part of an investigation into an alleged bid-rigging cartel in the airport infrastructure sector.

UK enforcer addresses “deep-seated problems” in audit sector

UK enforcer addresses “deep-seated problems” in audit sector

18 April 2019

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has recommended that the Big Four accountancy firms separate their auditing and consulting operations but stopped short of calling for a legal carve-up of their businesses.

JFTC hones digital platform probe

JFTC hones digital platform probe

18 April 2019

Japan’s antitrust watchdog has seemingly narrowed its probe into several major digital platforms after users expressed concerns about unilateral changes to contract terms, opaque practices and data collection.

The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 18 April 2019

18 April 2019

Hello! And welcome to our first ever Asia-Pacific Tipline! If you’re familiar with the Tipline in our GCR USA briefing, then this will feel very similar. From now on, we will publish a weekly roundup of our recent Asia-Pacific-focused news stories, along with other news and notes from the competition world – authority decisions we didn’t have a chance to cover, deal updates, law firm moves and other nuggets of news and gossip. Know something we don’t? Drop us a line!

Apple ‘n’ chips: The Tipline for 18 April 2019

GCR USA - 18 April 2019

The race toward 5G has one less competitor. While Apple and Qualcomm have agreed to settle their multibillion-dollar antitrust dispute, Intel has responded with an announcement of its own – that the company is scrapping its 5G smartphone modem business. On the subject of 5G, we also have more on the proposed tie-up between T-Mobile and Sprint, including reported pushback from the Department of Justice. GCR USA will be back in your inboxes on Tuesday while our colleagues in the UK enjoy the Easter public holiday.

Apple/Qualcomm settlement allows “anticompetitive” business model to continue, observers say

Apple/Qualcomm settlement allows “anticompetitive” business model to continue, observers say

GCR USA - 18 April 2019

Shortly after opening arguments before a San Diego federal court on Tuesday, Apple and Qualcomm announced that they have agreed to settle their multi-billion dollar antitrust battle.

Vertical events merger receives conditional nod in Chile

Vertical events merger receives conditional nod in Chile

17 April 2019

A deal combining Chile’s largest live music events producer with the operator of an entertainment arena and a ticket selling company will go ahead, following conditional approval by the country’s competition authority.

South Africa picks up enforcement activities

South Africa picks up enforcement activities

17 April 2019

South Africa’s competition watchdog has referred three separate collusion cases to the country’s specialist antitrust tribunal, signalling the end of recent funding problems that caused it to halt new probes.

Dentons hires from Clifford Chance

Dentons hires from Clifford Chance

17 April 2019

Clifford Chance senior associate Florian Wiesner will join Dentons’ competition practice as a partner when he moves to the firm’s new Dusseldorf office in May.

Congress chimes in: The Tipline for 17 April 2019

GCR USA - 17 April 2019

US lawmakers play no direct role in the merger approval process, but they sure can bring attention to a matter. Usually, those deals tend to already be sent for review before regulators at the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice. However, last week, Democrats questioned whether a pair of prospective mergers would harm competition before any agreement had been reached on a deal. As Democrats continue to call for stricter antitrust enforcement, companies may have to be increasingly wary of winning over the competition-conscious members of the public in addition to the enforcers on Pennsylvania Avenue.