The German Parliament passes amendments of antitrust law affecting the merger control regime

On 14 January, the German Parliament passed far-reaching amendments of German antitrust law, the Act against Restraints of Competition (ARC), which also affect merger control. The amendment, also known as the "German Competition Digitalization Act", focuses especially on the reform of regulatory requirements to curb the market power of (large) companies with digital business models. The reforms of German merger control provisions seemed to take a back seat in the public debate - wrongly so. The following article summarizes the essential changes. Raising the merger control thresholds The most significant change in practice is the drastic increase of the domestic turnover thresholds in merger control. Although it appears inconspicuous in comparison to the reform of provisions dealing

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Falk Schöning, Johanna Brock-Wenzek, Florian von Schreitter, The German Parliament passes amendments of antitrust law affecting the merger control regime, 19 January 2021, e-Competitions January 2021, Art. N° 98799

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