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Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein | European Union | 23 Sep 2021

Will European Commission change its policy to allow binding MAPs?

According to the European Commission's drafts for reforming EU rules on vertical agreements, the entity may be prepared to change its policy and allow manufacturers to agree with distributors on binding minimum advertised prices (MAPs). Until now, the Commission has always classified MAPs as illegal vertical price agreements. This could change in June 2022 with the new Vertical Block......
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Borenius Attorneys Ltd | Russia | 16 Sep 2021

FAS clarifies implementation of antitrust compliance framework

The Federal Antitrust Service (FAS) has recently provided recommendations and best practices for implementing an antitrust compliance framework within a company. Despite having the backing of a recent statutory provision, implementing such a framework is voluntary and thus the absence of one does not constitute a violation. However, in the case of a violation of competition law, an antitrust......
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Baker & Miller PLLC | USA | 16 Sep 2021

FTC under attack as parties challenge its structure and participation of chairperson

The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC's) very existence is being attacked in two distinct ways. In one challenge, a party to an FTC administrative proceeding attacked the commission's structure on the basis that it was unconstitutional and deprives respondents of due process. Meanwhile, Amazon and Facebook are respectively arguing that Chairperson Lina Khan must recuse herself from matters......
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ELIG Gurkaynak Attorneys-at-Law | Turkey | 16 Sep 2021

Competition Board closes door on allegations of abuse against Philips Turkey and imposes industry-wide conditions

Following a 17-month investigation process, the Competition Board closed its investigation into Philips Turkey regarding allegations of abuse of dominance. The Board's decision to not impose an administrative fine on Philips Turkey is a positive development that will serve as guidance for companies in a much-debated area of competition law enforcement in the medical imaging and diagnostic......
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ELIG Gurkaynak Attorneys-at-Law | Turkey | 9 Sep 2021

Competition board approves Siemens' acquisition of Varian following commitments submitted in European Union

The Siemens/Varian decision once again shows that the Turkish Competition Board is keen to make detailed evaluations of conglomerate transactions involving related products, even though such transactions are generally considered to be relatively less risky in terms of restriction of competition. The decision also highlights that the health services market is a top priority for the Board and......
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VMCA | Brazil | 9 Sep 2021

CADE's approach to digital markets: rhetoric and enforcement

After taking office as the Administrative Council for Economic Defence's (CADE's) president, Alexandre Cordeiro has made several statements that sustain an orthodox perspective of competition, including denying any intention of adopting a structural approach to enforcing competition law in Big Tech. It remains to be seen how the CADE will strike a balance between its wish to better understand......
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Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein | European Union | 2 Sep 2021

Green deal: European Commission shows zero tolerance for cartel conduct

The European Commission has clearly demonstrated its determination to meet the targets of the European Green Deal after imposing fines of €875 million on BMW and Volkswagen Group, which were found to have colluded to restrict the development of a technology that could reduce harmful emissions.
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Baker & Miller PLLC | USA | 26 Aug 2021

FTC changes to merger review process: lifeboat or policy shift?

The Federal Trade Commission has recently announced a couple of changes to its usual merger review process that seem partially aimed at emphasising its need for additional funding and staff. They may also be an attempt to gain more time to contemplate and implement new policies to invigorate merger enforcement and perhaps realign merger law towards a more progressive view.
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SAI Law & Economics | Mexico | 26 Aug 2021

Government overlooks COFECE authorisation to regulate LPG prices

In the past few months, prices of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) have risen to an all-time high. The Ministry of Energy and the Energy Regulatory Commission have consequently imposed price caps without seeking the necessary declaration of lack of effective competition conditions in the LPG market from the Federal Economic Competition Commission.
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ELIG Gurkaynak Attorneys-at-Law | Turkey | 26 Aug 2021

Competition board makes first ever settlement decision

The Turkish Competition Board recently announced via its website that an eight-month investigation of several companies has concluded with a settlement decision. This settlement decision is the first of its kind under the new settlement procedure that the Turkish Competition Authority introduced earlier in 2021.
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