January 2023

General antitrust

The US FTC proposes a new rule to ban noncompete clauses, which suppress wages and harms competition Free
US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (Washington)
FTC Proposes Rule to Ban Noncompete Clauses, Which Hurt Workers and Harm Competition* Agency estimates new rule could increase workers’ earnings by nearly $300 billion per year The Federal Trade Commission proposed a new rule that would ban employers from imposing noncompetes on their workers, (...)

Anticompetitive practices

The US FTC forces three companies and two individuals to halt anticompetitive noncompete restrictions in glass container manufacturing and security services (Prudential Security / O-I Glass / Ardagh Group / Greg Wier / Matthew Keywell) Free
US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (Washington)
FTC Cracks Down on Companies That Impose Harmful Noncompete Restrictions on Thousands of Workers* Agency action eliminates noncompetes covering thousands of workers, promoting greater economic opportunity and competition The Federal Trade Commission has taken legal action against three (...)

Mergers

The Spanish Competition Authority approves with commitments the purchase of an online wedding platform by its biggest rival (Zankyou / Wedding Planner)
Spanish Competition Authority (CNMC) (Madrid)
The CNMC approves with commitments the purchase of Zankyou by Wedding Planner* The transaction concerns the provision of online search services related to weddings and the market for digital platforms offering wedding planning services in Spain. Wedding Planner has committed, among other (...)

The French Competition Authority opens an in-depth investigation into a proposed joint venture to provide airport catering services by a State-owned provider of airport services and infrastructure and a private sector provider of catering services (Aéroport de Paris / Select Service Partner)
Autorité de la concurrence (Paris)
Airport catering: the Autorité de la concurrence opens an in-depth examination in the context of the proposed creation of a joint venture by the Aéroport de Paris and Select Service Partner groups* Background On 28 October 2022, the Aéroport de Paris and Select Service Partner groups notified (...)

State Aid

The EU Commission approves €119.3M in French restructuring aid for an airline and €17.5M in compensation for damage suffered as a result of the coronavirus pandemic (Air Austral) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves EUR 119.3 million French restructuring aid for Air Austral and EUR 17.5 million compensation for damage suffered as a result of the coronavirus pandemic* The European Commission, pursuant to the EU rules on State aid, has authorised France’s plan to pay (i) (...)

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