Competition and Antitrust

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Dekker, Cees
Nysingh advocaten-notarissen N.V.

Hill, Christopher S.
Kirton McConkie, PC

Hauck, Dieter
Preslmayr Rechtsanwälte

Competition and Antitrust

Author: Simon Stokes

One of the hot topics in competition law is how competition regulators respond to the fast-moving competition challenges of digital markets, online marketplaces and platforms. The digital sector is a priority for European regulators.

In the UK on 11 December 2019 the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced the results of its Phase 1 investigation into the online retailer and grocery provider Amazon's substantial investment in the UK-based online delivery company Deliveroo, announced earlier this year. This investigation and its outcome is very important as it shows the CMA is prepared to be pro-active in investigating and potentially blocking technology and data driven mergers which it sees as substantially lessening competition in the UK.

Read more: Regulating Digital Mergers – CMA Investigation Into Amazon's Investment in Deliveroo

Prelmayr’s Dieter Hauck has contributed to the Austria chapter in ICLG’s (International Comparative Legal Guides) Competition Litigation Laws and Regulations 2020 Guide. The guide covers issues in competition litigation law in 30 jurisdictions.

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Author: Marco Hickey

Guidelines for national courts on how to estimate the share of overcharge passed on to the indirect purchaser, known as the Passing-on Guidelines, have been published by the European Commission.
The Guidelines are intended to offer practical guidance on how to estimate the passing-on of overcharges under EU Directive 2014/104 (Damages Directive).

The damages Directive was introduced in 2014 to make it easier for victims of competition infringements to claim compensation before national courts in EU Member States. The Damages Directive was implemented into Irish law through the European Union (Actions for Damages for Infringements of Competition Law) Regulations 2017.

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Author: Simon Stokes

Competition authorities around the world have been struggling with how to regulate online platforms. Concerns have been raised about firms’ use of people’s data, the market power or ‘gatekeeper’ status of certain platforms, the use of increasingly sophisticated technology to target advertising, and the risk of so-called ‘killer acquisitions’ – big companies buying smaller innovative ones with a view to extinguishing them as potential rivals. And all the time consumers’ reliance on these services is increasing.

Read more: Digital advertising, AdTech and personal data - the CMA as well as ICO to take action

On 26 February 2019, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims outlined the ACCC’s Compliance and Enforcement Policy and Priorities for 2019.

Tom Griffith, partner, Tania Maystrenko, associate and Meshal Althobaiti, lawyer, provide a summary of the key focus areas and sectors being targeted.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) 2019 Compliance and Enforcement Policy and Priorities was released last week as part of ACCC Chairman Rod Sims’ annual address to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia. The policy details the areas that the ACCC will prioritise for investigation, enforcement and reform over the next year. It is evident the ACCC will be active and thorough in pursuing the areas it has nominated for particular focus.

Read more: Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) 2019 Compliance and Enforcement Policy...