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Autorité de la Concurrence fines 11 banks 384.9 million in cheque cartel case

  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • -
  • France
  • -
  • October 19 2010

On 20 September, the French competition authority fined 11 banks (including BNP Paribas, Societe Generale, Group Credit Agricole and BPCE) a total of 384.9 million for price fixing in the cheque processing market

France requires divestments in approval of Tarmac acquisition

  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • -
  • Czech Republic, European Union, France
  • -
  • October 19 2010

It was reported previously in our June bulletin that the Commission had approved part of the acquisition of the aggregate activities of Tarmac Routes et Carrières by the road and rail maintenance group Eurovia

Suez Environnement and Lyonnaise des Eaux appeal against Commission dawn raid decision

  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • -
  • European Union, France
  • -
  • October 19 2010

In April 2010 the Commission and the French competition authority conducted a dawn raid at a number of French companies active in water and sanitation on suspicion of a breach of Article 101 andor 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union

French Competition Authority opinion on database cross-selling

  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • -
  • France
  • -
  • June 30 2010

The French Competition Authority ("FCA") has issued an opinion on the question of the crossed usage of client databases ("cross-selling") and the possible effects of such practices within the telecommunications sector

The Commission completes its investigation into the unlimited guarantee for the French Post Office

  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • -
  • European Union, France
  • -
  • January 30 2010

The Commission has completed its investigation into the unlimited state guarantee enjoyed by the French Post Office ("La Poste"), following the adoption by the French Parliament of the law on the public enterprise La Poste and on postal activities

Paris Court of Appeal dramatically reduces fines in steel cartel

  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • -
  • France
  • -
  • January 30 2010

On 19 January 2010, the Paris Court of Appeal gave its ruling in a cartel appeal, slashing fines imposed by the French Competition Authority (the "Authority") on steel companies by almost 500 million

Paris Court of Appeal annuls decision on price fixing in perfumes and cosmetics industry

  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • -
  • France
  • -
  • December 31 2009

The Paris Court of Appeal recently annulled a decision of the French Competition Authority ("FCA") on the grounds that the procedure took too long

Electrabel appeals 20 million fine imposed for implementing its acquisition of CNR without approval

  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • -
  • European Union, France
  • -
  • December 31 2009

Electrabel has appealed the Commission’s decision to fine it 20 million for acquiring Compagnie Nationale du Rhône ("CNR"), prior to receiving approval by the Commission under the EC Merger Regulation

Commission approves commitments offered by GDF Suez to increase competition in French gas market

  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • -
  • European Union, France
  • -
  • December 31 2009

The Commission has declared the commitments offered by GDF Suez (a French energy company) to increase competition in the French gas market, legally binding under Article 9 of Regulation 12003 on the implementation of the EU Treaty’s competition rules

Commission authorises temporary French aid scheme for farmers

  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • -
  • European Union, France
  • -
  • December 31 2009

On 2 December 2009, the Commission authorised a French aid scheme which is directed at supporting farmers who find themselves in difficulty as a result of the economic crisis