The German Parliament passes the digital competition act bringing significant changes to the competition law landscape

Today, the German parliament passed the “Digital Competition Act” which is the 10th amendment to the Act against Restraints of Competition (ARC). The amended law – which will very likely enter into force January 2021 – will bring about significant changes to the German competition law landscape. In particular, the Digital Competition Act will: substantially increase the relevant thresholds of the German merger control regime; introduce new tools for the Federal Cartel Office (FCO) targeted at digital gatekeepers; implement changes required by the ECN+ Directive aimed at a more effective investigation of anti-competitive behaviour; and bring about changes to the rules governing fines for antitrust infringements (including the regulation of the German leniency program). This briefing

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  • Herbert Smith Freehills (Dusseldorf)
  • Herbert Smith Freehills (Dusseldorf)
  • Herbert Smith Freehills (Brussels)
  • Herbert Smith Freehills (Brussels)
  • Herbert Smith Freehills (Dusseldorf)

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Marcel Nuys, Annika Gante, Peter Rowland, Kyriakos Fountoukakos, Florian Huerkamp, The German Parliament passes the digital competition act bringing significant changes to the competition law landscape, 19 January 2021, e-Competitions January 2021, Art. N° 98736

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