Márton Horányi

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Márton Horányi The Hungarian Competition Authority finds for the first time that mere negotiations concerning a draft consortium agreement can qualify as a hardcore cartel (Alcufer)

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On 26 July the Hungarian Competition Authority published its first ever cartel settlement decision which granted a 10% reduction from the fine to a settling party. The decision found that already the mere fact of negotiating with competitors a draft consortium agreement containing restrictive (...)

Márton Horányi The Hungarian Parliament maintains automatic debarment from public procurement tenders as a general sanction for competition violations but allows Government to exempt certain tenders (Hungarian Public Procurement Act)

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1. Overview In Hungary, since 1 November 2015 a fine imposed by any Competition Authority for anticompetitive agreements results in automatic exclusion from public procurement tenders. The recent introduction of automatic debarment was a major change compared to the previous rules, which (...)

Márton Horányi The Hungarian Metropolitan Court of Appeal upholds an infringement decision of the NCA concerning an exclusive supply and purchasing arrangement and finds that the addressees of the decision have no standing to challenge immunity granted to another party (Kortex Mérnöki Iroda)

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The Metropolitan Court of Appeal upheld a decision of the Hungarian Competition Authority concerning an exclusive supply – exclusive purchasing arrangement and found that the addressees of the decision have no standing to challenge immunity granted to another party. I. The background of the (...)

Márton Horányi The Hungarian Competition Council accepts commitments to remedy a suspected abuse of dominant position concerning the pricing of mortgages vis-à-vis "captured consumers"

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The Hungarian Competition Council adopted a commitment decision terminating an investigation relating to the suspected abuse of dominant position by one of the leading banks in Hungary offering personal banking services, including housing loans (mortgages). The investigation was triggered by (...)

Márton Horányi The UK High Court criticizes the Office of Fair Trading for violating the principles of equal treatment and fairness in a "fast-track” settlement procedure (Crest Nicholson/OFT)

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The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) was found to have violated the principle of equal treatment and procedural fairness in its construction cartel investigation when it disregarded that Crest Nicholson, a former parent company of a construction firm accused of bid rigging, was unable to accept in (...)

Márton Horányi The Hungarian Competition Council prohibits restrictive clauses in cooperation agreements between a wholesaler of pharmaceutical products and pharmacies (Hungaropharma)

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The Hungarian Competition Council found that cooperation agreements concluded between Hungaropharma, a wholesaler of pharmaceutical products, and a number of pharmacies contained clauses which were incompatible with Art. 81 EC and Section 11 of the Hungarian Competition Act. The Competition (...)

Márton Horányi The Hungarian Competition Council refuses to accept commitments and adopts an infringement decision prohibiting recommended fees issued by a professional association (Magyar Ingatlanszövetség)

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The Competition Council found the Hungarian Real Estate Association (“MAISZ”) had infringed the national equivalent of Article 81 EC by issuing fee recommendations for certain real estate services of its member. Although MAISZ offered commitments to remedy the infringement and to bring its (...)

Márton Horányi The Hungarian Parliament votes an amendment to the Competition Act introducing director disqualification, facilitating private damages actions, streamlining leniency policy and amending the substantive test applicable in merger control (T/5657)

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An amendment of the Hungarian Competition Act passed by the Parliament on 3 June 2008 brings fundamental changes by introducing company director disqualification, facilitating private damages actions, streamlining leniency policy and amending the substantive test applicable in merger control. (...)

Márton Horányi The Hungarian Competition Council accepts commitments to modify the membership fees of the Budapest Stock Exchange and terminates a cartel investigation against trading companies (Budapesti Értéktõzsde Zrt.)

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The background of the investigation The Competition Office initiated an investigation against the Budapest Stock Exchange ("BSE") and 11 trading companies, as it suspected an illegal horizontal coordination among the trading members of the BSE concerning (i) the amendment of BSE’s membership (...)

Márton Horányi The Hungarian Competition Office grants immunity in proceedings concerning exclusive supply agreement in the context of a public procurement tender (Olympus)

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According to its press release of 21 December 2007 in its decision concerning an exclusive supply agreement between two undertakings, the Competition Office imposed a fine of HUF 77 million (ca. € 308 000) on Kortex Mérnöki Iroda Kft., a Hungarian engineering company, while it granted immunity (...)

Márton Horányi The Hungarian Competition Council imposes a fine for resale price maintenance, prohibits recommended retail prices amounting to vertical price fixing but terminates proceedings against distributors not actively participating in the infringement in the markets of PNA devices and PDA navigation software (Navi-Gate)

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The Hungarian Competition Office fined Navi-Gate Kft HUF 43 million (ca. EUR 170 000) for entering into illegal vertical agreements with sub-distributors fixing the retail price of Garmin navigation (PNA) devices and the I-Go navigation software for PDA devices. Although the investigation was (...)

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