September 2015

Anticompetitive practices

The Hellenic Competition Authority accepts the commitments proposed by manufacturers on the market for the sale of tobacco products (Philip Morris)
Hellenic Competition Authority (Athens)
HCC accepted commitments proposed by tobacco manufacturers to meet competition concerns in the market for the sale of tobacco products in Greece* The Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC), by a unanimous decision, accepted commitments proposed by the leading producers of tobacco products in (...)

The Hong Kong Competition Commission publishes draft leniency policy
Hogan Lovells (Beijing)
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Hogan Lovells (Hong Kong)
Leniency agreements are commonly offered by competition authorities to encourage entities engaging in anti-competitive conduct to come forward with information to assist with investigations; leniency is indeed generally regarded as one of the most successful tools for uncovering cartels, many (...)

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York dismisses lawsuit over patent settlement where generics were granted early-entry licenses with acceleration clauses (Takeda Pharmaceuticals)
Siemens (New York)
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Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler
Better Early than Never: SDNY Dismisses Lawsuit over Patent Settlement where Generics were Granted Early-Entry Licenses with Acceleration Clauses* On September 22, Judge Ronnie Abrams of the Southern District of New York dismissed an antitrust lawsuit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals and three (...)

The French Competition Authority starts dawn raids against several companies suspected of having implemented anti-competitive practices in the sector of processed fruits
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Processed fruits packaged in cups and pouches – dawn raids* The General Rapporteur of the Autorité de la concurrence states that unannounced inspections were carried out on September 22nd in the sector of processed fruits packaged in cups and pouches On 22 September 2015, following (...)

The Hellenic Competition Authority decides to not launch investigation in hotel market (Booking.com / Expedia)
Hellenic Competition Authority (Athens)
HCC decides not to proceed with a formal investigation into BOOKING & EXPEDIA’s cooperation agreements with hotel businesses in Greece * The Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC) reviewed the revised parity terms in the agreements between online travel agencies (OTAs) BOOKING.COM and (...)

The Singapore Competition Commission clears a strategic alliance agreement concluded between two airlines (Tiger Airways Singapore / Cebu Air)
Allen & Gledhill
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Allen & Gledhill (Singapore)
On 21 September 2015, the Competition Commission of Singapore (the “CCS”) announced that it had cleared a Strategic Alliance Agreement (the “SAA”) entered into between Cebu Air, Inc. (“Cebu Pacific”) and Tiger Airways Singapore Pte. Ltd. (“Tigerair Singapore”) (collectively, the “Parties”), following (...)

The EU Court of Justice marginally reduces the fine imposed to a parent company in a cartel case to reflect the reduction granted to a subsidiary (Paraffin wax cartel)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 17 September 2015, the Court of Justice (“ECJ”) issued two judgments on the appeals by Total SA and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Total Marketing Services, against two judgments of the General Court (“GC”) in relation to the paraffin wax cartel. In 2008, the European Commission found that Total (...)

The UK Competition Authority closes its hotel online booking investigation (Booking.com)
UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) (London)
CMA closes hotel online booking investigation* The CMA today announced that it has closed an investigation into suspected breaches of competition law in the hotel online booking sector. The investigation was launched by the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) predecessor, the Office of (...)

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit turns on the interpretation of the Twombly plausibility standard and the application of the Supreme Court’s precedent on pleading standards to antitrust actions at early stages of litigation (Sawstop / Black & Decker)
Siemens (New York)
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Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler
Divided Fourth Circuit Panel Slices Up Twombly in Table Saw Boycott Suit* Last week, a divided three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit issued a significant decision in a boycott conspiracy case, SD3, LLC v. Black & Decker, No. 14-1746 (4th Cir. Sept. 15, 2015). The suit, at its heart, (...)

The Hungarian Competition Authority fines several pharmaceutical laboratories for cartel (Hungaropharma)
Hungarian Competition Authority (Budapest)
The GVH imposed fines for pharma cartel* The Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH) established in its decision that three pharmaceutical wholesalers, with the active collaboration of two consultant companies, had committed an infringement. The wholesalers influenced the medicine public (...)

The UK Southwark Crown Court sentences an individual who pled guilty to a criminal cartel offence (Peter Nigel Snee)
Simmons & Simmons (London)
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Simmons & Simmons (London)
Director that pleaded guilty to the cartel offence in the galvanised steel water tank cartel has received a six month suspended sentence after his co-accuseds were acquitted. In brief On 14 September 2015, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that an individual had been (...)

The French Competition Authority obtains commitments from several mainland alcohol manufacturers aiming to stop the exclusive distribution of their products in the French overseas territories (Pernod-Ricard)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Distribution of consumer goods in the French overseas territories* The Autorité de la concurrence has obtained from several mainland manufacturers their commitment to put an end to the exclusive distribution of their products in the French overseas territories and to implement a competitive (...)

ECJ Advocate General Wathelet hands down opinion on the relationship between the EU Commission and NCA leniency applications for the same cartel (DHL)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 10 September 2015, Advocate General Wathelet of the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) issued an opinion on a preliminary reference from an Italian court regarding the relationship between leniency applications made under the European Commission’s leniency notice and summary applications made to (...)

The EU Commission welcomes General Court judgment’s confirming its TV and computer monitor tubes cartel decision (Panasonic)
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
European Commission - Fact Sheet Commission welcomes General Court rulings upholding TV and computer monitor tubes cartel decision* The European Commission welcomes today’s judgments by the EU General Court in the TV and computer monitor tubes cartel The European Commission welcomes today’s (...)

The South African Competition Commission fines two shipping companies for bid-rigging and exercises a considerable degree of discretion when choosing a strategy for imposing an administrative penalty (Shipping Cartel)
Nortons Incorporated
Shipping Cartel: Recent approach to fining in SA* AAT previously reported (here and here) that the SACC had been investigating cartel behaviour which allegedly took place between multiple shipping liners who transported vehicles for various Original Equipment Manufacturers (“OEMs”). The (...)

The Arbitration Court of Moscow confirms the fines imposed on participants of the cartel on the table salt market (TDS)
Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service
Arbitration Court confirmed legitimacy of the fines upon participants of the cartel on the table salt market* Moscow Arbitration Court confirmed legitimacy of the fines imposed by the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS Russia) upon cartel participants on the market of wholesale supplies of (...)

The Polish Competition Authority appeals in case regarding agreement between mobile phone providers (Polkomtel)
Polish Competition Authority (Warsaw)
Poland’s competition Authority appealed in case regarding agreement between mobile phone providers* Poland’s Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) appealed a first instance court ruling which overturned UOKiK’s decision regarding an agreement between the four largest mobile (...)

The Italian Council of State says that major ferry companies did not agree to increase fares for the Sardinia-Continental Italy maritime links (Sardinia Ferries Fares)
Desogus Law Office (Cagliari)
By a recent judgment made on 11 June 2013 in the Sardinia Ferries Fares case1, the Italian Council of State (CS) has rejected the appeal filed by the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) against the judgment of administrative court of first instance (Tar Lazio)2, which overturned the (...)

The Russian Competition Authority concludes that regional agreements must not contain competition restrictions
Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service
FAS warns* Regional agreements must not contain anticompetitive agreements The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS Russia) has sent letters to the Heads of regional executive bodies reminding that it is unacceptable to include provisions in the agreements that lead or can lead to restricted (...)

The Arbitration Appeal Court of Moscow confirms the fines imposed on participants of crab cartel (Aquaresource-DV / Taifun)
Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service
Appeal Court pronounced legitimacy of the fines imposed upon cartel participants at crab auctions* The 5th Arbitration Appeal Court in Vladivostok pronounced legitimacy and reasonableness of FAS fines imposed upon “Aquaresource-DV” Ltd. and “Taifun” Ltd. The total fines upon the two companies (...)

The Latvian Competition Authority issues warnings against 15 tenderers of public procurements suspected of bid-rigging
Competition Council of Latvia
Competition Authority warns 15 Undertakings* In the first half of 2015, the Competition Council (CC) of Latvia has issued warnings to 15 undertakings under suspicion of breach of the Competition Law. Most warnings have been issued to tenderers of public procurements, thus once again proving (...)

The Greek Supreme Court clarifies its interpretation of the ’association of undertakings’ notion in the application of article 101 TFEU (Greek Dental Bar Associations)
Prentoulis Gerakini Law Partnership (Athens)
By virtue of judgments 148/2015, 149/2015 and 150/2015, the Greek Supreme Court held that the Greek Dental Bar Associations are “associations of undertakings” and their decisions on the imposition of minimum thresholds of fees infringe upon article 1 of Greek Law 703/1977 (now Law 3959/2011). (...)

Unilateral Practices

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upholds that a college athletics association’s restrictions on compensation should be subject to antitrust scrutiny (O’Bannon / NCAA)
Constantine Cannon (New York)
NCCA Gains Ground Against Student-Athletes In Appeal Of O’Bannon Case* Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the NCAA may restrict colleges from compensating student-athletes beyond the cost of attendance, handing the NCAA a partial victory in its (...)

The Danish Supreme Court rules on State action defense and refusal to supply under Danish competition law (Copenhagen Airport Terminal A)
University of Copenhagen
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Accura
Summary of the case After a lengthy process the Danish Supreme Court finally closed the curtain in September 2015 on a potential new, and competing, terminal in Copenhagen Airport, the main Danish airport hub. A group of investors had asked the airport to grant access (a lease) to a plot of (...)

The Finnish Competition Authority closes an investigation concerning a suspected abuse of dominance on the insulation board market (Finnfoam Oy)
Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA)
FCCA closes investigation of abuse of dominant market position on the insulation board market* In a decision issued on 29 September 2015, the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) closed an investigation concerning a potential case of abuse of a dominant market position by Finnfoam (...)

The Polish Competition Authority accepts commitments proposed by insurers in the life insurance market (Allianz)
Polish Competition Authority (Warsaw)
UOKiK issues commitment decisions in unit-linked life insurance cases as part of wide investigation of consumer abuses in the sector* Three insurance companies – Polish units of Aviva, Allianz and Nationale Nederlanden – have committed to significantly reduce cancellation fees in existing (...)

The Mexican Competition Authority launches a public consultation on guidelines for performing absolute monopolistic practices investigations
Mexican Competition Authority (Mexico city)
COFECE initiates public consultation on Guidelines for performing Absolute Monopolistic Practices investigations* The draft describes the nature of the investigation procedure for absolute monopolistic practices, how it is started and its main stages, among other aspects Mexico City, (...)

The Polish Competition Authority fines a gas supplier for failing to fully comply with a commitment decision (PGNiG)
Polish Competition Authority (Warsaw)
PGNiG, Poland’s leading gas supplier, fined for failing to fully comply with a commitment decision* UOKiK has fined Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo (PGNiG), a leading Polish oil and gas company, EUR 2.45 mln for failing to comply with a part of the commitment decision it had accepted in (...)

The Belgian Competition Authority issues a decision following the first application of its unique settlement procedure in article 102 cases (Stanleybet / Nationale Loterij)
Liège University - IEJE
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Liège University - IEJE
I. The Parties Nationale Loterij NV (‘NL’) was founded in 1934 and organises public lotteries in Belgium ever since. NL holds a legal monopoly on this market . In addition, NL competes with other companies on the Belgian sports betting market. Stanleybet Belgium NV, Stanley International (...)

The Belgian Competition Authority fines a national lottery for abuse of dominance (National Lottery)
Belgian Competition Authority (Brussels)
The Belgian Competition Authority imposes a fine of 1.190.000 EUR on the National Lottery for having abused its dominant position when launching its sports betting product Scooore!* The Investigation and Prosecution Service of the Belgian Competition Authority imposes a fine of 1.190.000 EUR (...)

The Portuguese Competition Authority accepts commitments proposed by a car manufacturer related to vehicle warranties’ restrictions (Ford)
Portuguese Competition Authority (Lisbon)
The PCA converts into mandatory conditions the commitments presented by Ford Lusitana regarding motor vehicle warranties* The Portuguese Competition Authority (PCA) converts into mandatory conditions all the commitments presented by Ford Lusitana, S.A. (Ford), in order to address the (...)

The Lithuanian Competition Council fines a retailer for using unfair practices against distributors (Rimi Lietuva)
Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (Munchen)
On 18 September 2015 the Competition Council fined UAB RIMI LIETUVA (hereinafter: RIMI) for an infringement of Article 3(1) point 8 of the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on the Prohibition of Unfair Practices of Retailers. During the investigation the Competition Council analyzed whether the (...)

The Russian Competition Authority finds that a smartphone operating system developer abused of its dominance on the market of pre-installed app stores (Google)
Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service
“Google” abuses its dominant position on the market of pre-installed application stores in “Android” OS* The FAS Commission arrived to that conclusion on 14th September 2015, based on investigating the case against “Google Inc, Google Ireland” Ltd., “Google” Ltd. FAS found that “Google Inc. Google (...)

The Romanian Competition Authority launches a market test concerning a possible abuse of dominance in the pharmaceutical sector (GlaxoSmithKline)
Romanian Competition Council (Bucharest)
The Competition Council launches for public debates the commitments formulated by S.C. GLAXOSMITHKLINE S.R.L.* The Competition Council launches for public debates the commitments formulated by S.C. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) S.R.L. within the investigation on possible abuse of dominant position of (...)

The German Competition Authority decides not to open formal proceedings against a search engine company in ancillary copyright dispute (Google)
German Competition Authority (Bonn)
Bundeskartellamt takes decision in ancillary copyright dispute* Bonn, 09 September 2015: In the dispute between the copyright collecting society VG Media and Google, the Bundeskartellamt has decided not to open formal proceedings against Google regarding its conduct in connection with the (...)

The Hungarian Competition Authority fines two undertakings for creating and operating a rebate system to the detriment of their online retailers of contact lenses and care products (Alcon Hungária)
Hungarian Competition Authority (Budapest)
The GVH stepped up against the restriction of the online distribution of contact lenses and care products* The Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH) established in its decision that by creating and operating a rebate system to the detriment of the online retailers of CIBA contact lenses and (...)

The Administrative Regional Court of Latvia upholds the decision of the Competition Authority that fined and imposed remedies on the national gas supplier in a case of abuse of dominance (Latvijas Gāze)
Competition Council of Latvia
Court agrees with the Competition Authority to fine the National Gas Supplier* On 2 September, the Administrative Regional Court confirmed the Competition Council’s (CC) decision to impose the only natural gas supplier in Latvia – AS „Latvijas Gāze” – remedies to change the practice of debt (...)

Mergers

The UK Competition Authority provisionally clears a merger between two water companies (Bournemouth Water / Pennon Group)
UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) (London)
CMA provisionally clears water merger* The CMA has today provisionally cleared the purchase of Bournemouth Water by South West Water. In June 2015, the completed acquisition by Pennon Group plc (the owner of South West Water Limited) of Bournemouth Water Investments Limited (which operates (...)

The Chinese MOFCOM fines several undertakings for breaches of merger notification rules (FJEI / FPID / Nanjing Puzhen / Bombardier Sweden / BestTv / Microsoft)
AnJie Law (Beijing)
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AnJie Law (Beijing)
Warning from MOFCOM: Second Wave of Penalties Imposed for Breaches of Concentration Notification Rules* On September 29th 2015, the Ministry of Commerce of the P.R.C (“MOFCOM”) published four administrative decisions on penalties for illegal activities involved in the concentration of (...)

The MOFCOM cracks down on failures to notify qualifying mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures (Fujian / Shenzhen CHINO-E - Microsoft / BesTV - Bombardier / CSR Nanjing Puzhen - Suzhou Erye / Shanghai Fosun)
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Brussels)
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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Brussels)
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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Brussels)
China’s Anti-Monopoly Law requires businesses to notify transactions to the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) for merger control review, so long as the parties meet certain revenue thresholds and the transaction involves a change of control or the establishment of a joint venture . Despite these (...)

The Latvian Competition Authority clears a merger on the dairy products market (Meridian Capital / SIA Rīgas piensaimnieks)
Competition Council of Latvia
The CC Clears Purchase of SIA Rīgas piensaimnieks* On 25 September, the Competition Council (CC) of Latvia cleared Meridian Capital CIS Fund purchase of SIA Rīgas piensaimnieks. In the decision, the competition authority foresees that such merger will not to distort competition and will develop (...)

The EU Commission opens an in-depth investigation concerning a merger in the office supplies market (Staples / Office Depot)
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into Staples’ proposed takeover of Office Depot* The European Commission will investigate in-depth the acquisition of office supplies distributor Office Depot by its competitor Staples. The European Commission has opened an in-depth (...)

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio denies the Federal Trade Commission’s bid to enjoin a company from acquiring its alleged potential competitor (Steris/Synergy)
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Washington)
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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (New York)
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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (New York)
On September 24, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio denied the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) bid to enjoin Steris Corporation (Steris) from acquiring its alleged potential competitor, Synergy Health plc (Synergy). The loss breaks a string of victories in merger (...)

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio denies the FTC bid for a preliminary injunction in a merger case (Steris / Synergy)
Squire Patton Boggs (Washington)
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Proskauer (Washington)
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Proskauer (Washington)
"Prophesy is a good line of business, but it is full of risks." Mark Twain could have been speaking about the FTC’s recent challenge to a merger between the second- and third- largest sterilization companies in the world, Steris Corporation and Synergy Health. FTC v. Steris Corp., 2015 WL (...)

The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority approves an acquisition of a chain of bookstores by a large media group (Academic Bookstore / Bonnier)
Merilampi Attorneys
On 24 September 2015, the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) issued a decision approving Bonnier Books Retail Finland Ltd.’s acquisition of Academic Bookstore’s business operations owned by Stockmann Oyj Abp. Bonnier Books Retail Finland Ltd is part of the Bonnier Media Group, (...)

The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority clears a merger in the publishing and book retail market (Bonnier / Stockmann)
University of Helsinki
The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) has cleared a merger where Bonnier Books Retail Finland, part of the Bonnier group, is acquiring the business operations of Academic Bookstore from department store operator Stockmann. Bonnier is a major publishing house which is also (...)

The Croatian Competition Authority acknowledges implementation of the structural divestment remedies and the conduct behavioural remedies imposed to a merger in the retail sector (Agrokor)
Croatian Competition Agency
Agrokor complies with its commitment to divest its outlets under the decision of the CCA* The Croatian Competition Agency (CCA) accepted the second report of the trustee on the implementation of the structural divestment remedies and the conduct (behavioural) remedies in the concentration (...)

The Finnish Competition Authority clears a merger on the publishing market (Bonnier / Stockmann)
Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA)
FCCA approves acquisition of Academic Bookstore by Bonnier* On 24 September 2015, the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) approved an acquisition whereby Bonnier Books Retail Finland Ltd, part of the Bonnier Media Group, will acquire the businesses of Academic Bookstore from (...)

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio denies the FTC’s bid to prevent company from acquiring its alleged potential competitor (Steris / Synergy Health)
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (New York)
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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (New York)
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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Washington)
On September 24, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio denied the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) bid to enjoin Steris Corporation (Steris) from acquiring its alleged potential competitor, Synergy Health plc (Synergy). The loss breaks a string of victories in merger (...)

The UK Competition Authority considers merger remedies proposed by a supplier of legal information (Reed Elsevier / Jordan Publishing)
UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) (London)
CMA considers remedies in family law information merger* The CMA has decided to consider in detail whether to accept remedies offered by Reed Elsevier (UK) Limited. Earlier this month, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that it would refer the anticipated acquisition by (...)

The French Competition Authority clears a merger subject to remedies on the hearing aid products market (Audika / William Demant)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
The Autorité de la concurrence clears, subject to commitments, the acquisition of Audika by William Demant.* On 28 May 2015, the William Demant group notified the Autorité de la concurrence of the acquisition of sole control of the Audika group. William Demant, one of the main manufacturers of (...)

The EU Commission clears a merger subject to remedies in the radio frequency power transistors market (NXP / Freescale)
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
Mergers: Commission approves NXP’s acquisition of Freescale, subject to conditions* The European Commission has approved the acquisition of Freescale by NXP, subject to divestment of NXP’s radio frequency power business, where the takeover could have led to higher prices and less competition. (...)

The German Competition Authority clears a merger on vehicle glass repair service market (Carglass / Junited Autoglas)
German Competition Authority (Bonn)
Bundeskartellamt clears merger between Carglass and junited AUTOGLAS* The Bundeskartellamt has cleared the acquisition of the "junited AUTOGLAS" network and three individual garages that offer vehicle glass repair services by Belron GmbH, Cologne, the parent company of Carglass GmbH. The (...)

The French Competition Authority examines a new merger case referred back by the EU Commission (Davigel / Bain Capital)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
The Autorité de la concurrence will review the acquisition of Davigel by Bain Capital* The European Commission has referred back to the Autorité de la concurrence a new merger case that would normally have fallen within its jurisdiction: the acquisition of Davigel (frozen products and ice (...)

The EU Commission opens an in-depth investigation regarding a merger in the market of packaging materials (Walki / Mondi)
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
Commission opens in-depth investigation into acquisition of parts of Walki’s industrial packaging division by Mondi* The Commission has concerns that Mondi’s acquisition of two of Walki’s packaging plants could lead to less choice and higher prices for customers of certain packaging materials (...)

The EU Commission clears an acquisition on the markets of oil and gas exploration, the liquefaction of gas and the wholesale supply of liquefied natural gas (BG Group / Royal Dutch Shell)
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
Commission clears acquisition of BG Group by Royal Dutch Shell* The transaction was cleared as it will not grant Shell market power in oil and gas exploration, LNG liquefaction or LNG wholesale supply. Shell will also not be able to prevent competitors from using its gas infrastructure in the (...)

The French Competition Authority examines two merger cases referred back by the EU Commission that would normally have fallen within the European jurisdiction (Auchan and Système U and Vedici / Vitalia)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
The European Commission has referred the examination of two major merger cases back to the Autorité de la concurrence* The European Commission has referred back to the Autorité de la concurrence two merger cases that would normally have fallen within its jurisdiction: the alliance agreement (...)

State Aid

The EU Commission clears a subsidy composed of shareholder loans, capital injections and infrastructure expansion and improvements (Leipzig-Halle Airport)
College of Europe (Bruges)
Airport Infrastructure, Public Remit and the MEOT* A public authority, acting as a private investor, may provide finance which is free of state aid to an airport and at the same time grant state aid to the same airport. Public funding of activities that fall within the exclusive tasks of the (...)

The EU Commission reminds national Courts that neither the importance of a service nor a decision of a tribunal is sufficient to remove a public measure from the scope of application of State aid rules (CSTP / Buonotourist / Micula Brothers)
College of Europe (Bruges)
Compensation for Public Service Obligations and Compensation for Damage* Compensation for public service obligations is compatible with the internal market when, at minimum, a PSO is well defined in an entrustment constituting an official act of a public authority, the revenues and costs of (...)

Procedures

The Russian Competition Authority welcomes the payment of the fine imposed on an electricity provider for failure to submit information (Promyshlennaya Energetika)
Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service
“Promyshlennaya Energetika” paid the fine* “Promyshlennaya Energetika” OJSC fulfilled a determination issued by the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS Russia) and paid 300,000 fined imposed for failure to comply with the Information Disclosure Standards for the participants of wholesale and retail (...)

The UK Competition and Markets Authority provides some guidance for appealing energy price controls (British Gas and Northern Powergrid / Ofgem)
Blackstone Chambers
Appealing energy price controls: guidance for beginners from the CMA* The CMA recently published its final determinations in two appeals brought by British Gas and Northern Powergrid against Ofgem’s electricity price controls for the next 8 years. The appeals were the first under section 11C of (...)

The Competition Commission of Singapore announces a number of proposed amendments to the Competition Regime of Singapore
Allen & Gledhill
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Allen & Gledhill (Singapore)
On 25 September 2015, the Competition Commission of Singapore (“CCS”) announced a number of proposed amendments to the CCS Guidelines. Notable amendments include a new fast-track procedure to expedite the investigative process for infringements under Sections 34 and 47 of the Competition Act (...)

The Hong Kong Competition Authority releases draft leniency guidelines
Siemens (New York)
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Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler
Hong Kong Competition Commission Releases Leniency Guidelines* On September 23, the Hong Kong Competition Commission (HKCC) released a draft of its “Leniency Policy for Undertakings Engaged in Cartel Conduct.” The draft specifies when the HKCC will refrain from pursuing monetary penalties (...)

The Bulgarian Supreme Administrative Court confirms Commission on Competition’s decision of the decision ordering for a transportation company to suspend operations in Bulgaria for immediate enforcement (Uber)
Johnson & Johnson (Sofia)
On September 23, 2015 the five-member panel of the Bulgarian Supreme Administrative Court confirmed the decision of the Commission on Protection of Competition for immediate enforcement of the decision ordering for Uber to suspend operations in Bulgaria. On June 30, 2015, the CPC adopted its (...)

The Mexican Competition Authority opens a public consultation on the criteria to take into account for pronounce an injunction measure
Mexican Competition Authority (Mexico city)
COFECE opens public consultation on Technical Criteria for the request and emission of injunctive measures as well as the setting of sureties* Mexico City, September 22nd 2015. - The Mexican Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE) opened a 30 working day public consultation period so (...)

The Portuguese Competition Authority fines a car manufacturer for providing false, inaccurate or incomplete information (Ford)
Portuguese Competition Authority (Lisbon)
AdC fines Ford for providing false, inaccurate or incomplete information* The Portuguese Competition Authority (Autoridade da Concorrência - AdC) has imposed a fine of €150,000 on Ford, for providing false, inaccurate or incomplete information further to a request of the AdC in the context of (...)

The U.S. Department of Justice recommands a significantly reduced fine for an auto parts defendant accused of bid-rigging and price-fixing (Kayaba)
Jones Day (Houston)
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Jones Day (Washington)
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Jones Day (Washington)
The U.S. Department of Justice has recommended a significantly reduced fine for an auto parts defendant accused of bid-rigging and price-fixing, based largely on the defendant’s having quickly instituted a rigorous antitrust compliance program – even though only after the government initiated its (...)

The Ukrainian Antimonopoly Committee adopts recommendations on approaches for calculation of fines for competition law infringements
Arzinger & Partner (Kiev)
The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine Adopted the Methodology for the Fines Calculation* On 15 September 2015, the Ukrainian competition authority, the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (the AMCU), adopted Recommendations on approaches for calculation of fines for competition law infringements (...)

Regulatory

The Mexican Competition Authority publishes an opinion on a proposal to regulate the distance between fuel service stations
Mexican Competition Authority (Mexico city)
COFECE issues regulatory opinion to the Coahuila government regarding a proposal to regulate the distance between fuel service stations* Mexico City, September 15th 2015.- The Mexican Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE) issued a recommendation to the Head of the Executive Branch (...)

The Croatian Competition Authority carries out a legal analysis of the legislative framework regulating the road safety and the criteria prescribed for setting an adequate number of driving schools in Croatia
Croatian Competition Agency
The limitation of the number of driving schools in unwelcome in the sense of competition rules* The Croatian Competition Agency (CCA) carried out a legal analysis of the legislative framework regulating the road safety and the criteria prescribed for setting an adequate number of driving (...)

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