Competition and Antitrust




Meet the Co-chairs - TAGLAW


Dekker, Cees
Nysingh advocaten-notarissen N.V.
cees.dekker@nysingh.nl


Hill, Christopher S.
Kirton McConkie, PC
chill@kmclaw.com



The Australian Consumer Law contained within the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (ACL) and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 (ASIC Act) provide protection to consumers from unfair contract terms in certain business-to-consumer transactions.

Read more: Australia: ‘Unfair Contracts’ – How will the new law affect your Business?


Popov & Partners took part in the public discussions regarding the proposed amendment of Competition Protection Act (CPA).

Our “Regulation and protection of competition” Department, which includes experts that has work experience in the Commission on protection of Competition, analyzed the project and formed an opinion that the project aims at important positive effects, but in order to make it possible to affect in the best positive way the Bulgarian market, there is a need for changes in the legislation approach and in the precise wording of some of the texts.

Read more: Bulgarian Competition Protection Act (CPA) needs additional precision to ensure maximum protection


By: Dieter Hauck and Christian Kern

Introduction

On June 30 2016 a cartel fine based on a settlement (for further details please see "New settlement policy") amounting to €10.2 million was imposed on the Austrian grocery chain SPAR Österreichische Warenhandels-AG and its subsidiaries (collectively, 'SPAR') due to vertical price collusions in the food retail sector, which included 16 product divisions such as beer, flour and non-alcoholic beverages.(1)

Read more: Austrian retailer settlement and amendments to Cartel Act


Introduction

As the volume of e-commerce has been increasing, online platforms have become important suppliers/service providers. In comparison to conventional sales channels, these platforms provide various advanced options and opportunities for consumers thanks to their superior technological infrastructures; thus, these are favored and preferred more and more among the consumers. Thereby the volume and the market share of e-commerce have increased against conventional sales channels. Considering the increasing market power of online platforms, competition authorities in many countries started to work on this newly emerging sales channel[1].

Read more: Footsteps of “MFN” Practice in Turkey: Yemek Sepeti Decision


This article examines the options for the UK in relation to competition law if there is a Brexit, and highlights issues which could give rise to uncertainty and contribute to a gradual divergence in EU and UK competition law.

UK Options post-Brexit

The effect of Brexit on UK competition law will depend on the nature of the UK's post-Brexit relationship with the EU. Some of the potential options for the UK are outlined below.

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