June 2019

Anticompetitive practices

The Canadian Competition Bureau announces that ticket vendors will pay $4 million penalty to settle drip pricing advertising case (Ticketmaster)
Steve Szentesi Law Corporation (Vancouver)
TICKETMASTER ENTITIES AGREE TO $4 MILLION PENALTY TO SETTLE DRIP PRICING ADVERTISING CASE On June 27, 2019, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) announced that Ticketmaster L.L.C., TNow Entertainment Group, Inc. and Ticketmaster Canada LP have agreed to pay a $4 million penalty and $500,000 of the (...)

The EU Commission imposes fine of €28 million on a Japanese imaging and optical products company for gun-jumping (Canon / Toshiba Medical Systems)
Callol, Coca & Asociados (Madrid)
On 12 August 2016 Canon notified the European Commission (EC) the acquisition of Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation (TMSC), a subsidiary of Japan’s Toshiba. The EC authorized the transaction on 19 September 2016. The acquisition was structured with a view to dodging the associated merger (...)

The Competition Commission of India finds an association of medicine dealers has collected charges that are illegal under national competition law (Jalgaon District Medicine Dealers Association)
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
In a case against the Jalgaon District Medicine Dealers Association (Association), [1] the CCI found that the Association had collected Product Information Service (PIS) charges from manufacturers of pharmaceutical products. The CCI found that payment of the PIS charges was mandatory and, (...)

The Lithuanian Competition Council concludes investigation into public tenders on street and road repair and land melioration works by establishing the presence of bid-rigging cartel activity (Pasvalio melioracija / Jadrana / Panevėžio melioracija / Biržų ranga)
Lithuanian Competition Authority (Vilnius)
COMPETITORS RECEIVE FINES FOR SHARING TENDER ALLOCATION* Konkurencijos taryba found that companies Pasvalio melioracija, Jadrana, Panevėžio melioracija and Biržų ranga concluded a bid-rigging cartel: cartelists colluded their actions and bids, including bid price, and agreed in advance on the (...)

The Spanish Competition Authority seeks a preliminary ruling on the framework agreement for the dock work sector
Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
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Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
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Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
In Spain, the dock work sector has been traditionally regulated by Royal Decree 2/1986. This Decree provided special sectorial rules, including the obligation to hire workers from the port docker management limited companies (“Sociedades Anónimas de Gestión de Estibadores Portuarios” or “SAGEP”) (...)

The French Competition Authority fines a Bureau of bailiffs for setting discriminatory conditions to join the bureau (GIE Notimo)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Bailiffs* The Autorité de la concurrence fines the Bureau Commun de Signification of bailiffs from the département Hauts-de-Seine for anticompetitive agreement. Background The Autorité issues today a decision sanctioning the Bureau commun de signification of Hauts-de-Seine (joint bureau of (...)

The French Competition Authority fines a network of notaries and a chamber of notaries for anticompetitive agreement (GIE Notimo and Chambre interdépartementale des notaires de Franche-Comté)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Estate negotiation/notaries* The Autorité de la concurrence fines GIE Notimo and the chambre interdépartementale des notaires de Franche-Comté for anticompetitive practices. Background The law of 6 August 2015, socalled "Macron law" which has reformed regulated professions in order to (...)

The Spanish Competition Authority fines a company for misleading conduct contrary to the principles of good faith and professional diligence (Endesa Energía)
Callol, Coca & Asociados (Madrid)
The NMCC has fined Endesa Energía XXI €5.5 million, for using the electricity bills as a tool to promote services of other group companies. In the past, the electricity market in Spain was fully regulated, and all prices were set by the Government. However, in the late 90s the sector was (...)

The Rotterdam District Court annuls a fine of € 583,000 imposed by the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets on a manufacturer of batteries for forklift trucks for its involvement in a cartel (Midac)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 20 June 2019, the Rotterdam District Court (“Court”) annulled a fine of € 583,000 imposed by the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (“Autoriteit Consument & Markt” or “ACM”) on Midac, a manufacturer of batteries for forklift trucks, for its involvement in a cartel. The Court held that (...)

The Competition Commission of India finds the distribution arrangments of a supplier of mobile handsets to be prima facie compliant with national law (Vivo)
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
The CCI closed at prima facie stage a case against Vivo Mobile (Vivo), a supplier of mobile handsets, finding that its distribution arrangements raised no concerns under Section 3(4) of the Competition Act which prohibits vertical agreements with an appreciable adverse effect on competition (...)

The UK Competition Authority provisionally finds that four pharmaceutical companies broke competition law by fixing the quantities and the prices of an anti-depressant drug (Auden Mckenzie / King / Alissa / Lexon)
British Competition Authority - CMA (London)
Suppliers of antidepressants accused of illegal anti-competitive conduct* The CMA has provisionally found that 4 pharmaceutical companies broke competition law in relation to the supply of an anti-depressant drug. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has accused competitors King and (...)

The Mexican Competition Authority fines toothbrush suppliers for bid rigging in public health sector (Galeno / Dentilab / Holiday)
Mexican Competition Authority (Mexico City)
COFECE sanctions toothbrush suppliers for bid rigging in public health sector tenders* • The sanctioned companies coordinated and rigged bids in public tenders, or abstained from participating, to divide amongst them the market of toothbrushes for adults and infants procured by the health (...)

The Swiss Federal Council issues proposal to tighten up the Swiss Cartel Act
King’s College (London)
The Federal Council aims at tightening up the Cartel Act in order to combat the foreclosure of the Swiss market and the price discrimination against Swiss corporate customers. For this purpose, the Federal Council has adopted a draft bill and a dispatch to Parliament addressing the people’s (...)

The Hungarian Competition Authority fines several companies for price coordination through the use of online cash registers (IPSZOI / PayPal)
Hungarian Competition Authority (Budapest)
The competition supervision procedure initiated against PayPal has ended with the acceptance of commitments* The Gazdasági Versenyhivatal (the Hungarian Competition Authority, GVH) accepted the commitments of the online payment method provider, PayPal. On the basis of the commitments, the (...)

The Czech Competition Authority confirms fines imposed for bid-rigging to window producers (DAFE-PLAST Jihlava / OFS 2000 / SULKO)
Czech Competition Authority (Brno)
FINES FOR BID RIGGING CARTEL OF WINDOW PRODUCERS WERE CONFIRMED* The above mentioned undertakings infringed national competition rules by coordinating their participation and bids regarding the public contract for the change of doors and windows on premises of the Ministry of Education, Youth (...)

The Mexican Competition Authority notifies economic agents of their probable responsibility for collusion in the pharmaceutical market following an investigation in the health sector
Mexican Competition Authority (Mexico City)
COFECE notifies economic agents of a statement of probable responsibility for collusion in the market for pharmaceuticals* • The Investigative Authority concluded their probe and issued a statement indicating probable collusion. • The notification of a statement of probable responsibility (...)

The Croatian Competition Authority opens an infringement proceeding against a winemaker after the contracts concluded with its suppliers of grapes (Iločki podrumi)
Croatian Competition Agency (Zagreb)
UTPs infringement proceeding against winemaker ILOČKI PODRUMI* The Croatian Competition Agency (CCA) opened the infringement proceeding against the undertaking Iločki podrumi after having examined the contracts concluded between the winemaker and its suppliers of grapes. The CCA notes here that (...)

The Düsseldorf Court of Appeal quashes the Federal Cartel Office decision and finds a most favoured nation clause on a hotel booking platform to be compatible with antitrust law (Booking.com)
Heinz & Zagrosek (Köln)
Booking.com’s "narrow" MFN clauses now also permissible in Germany, Court of Appeals rules* On June 4, 2019, the Düsseldorf Court of Appeal quashed the decision of the Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) prohibiting Booking.com to operate so-called narrow most favored nation (MFN) clauses (or best price (...)

The Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf overturns Federal Cartel Office’s prohibition of narrow best price clauses (Booking.com)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 4 June 2019, the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf (the “Court”) ruled that narrow best price clauses are not anticompetitive and overturned the decision of the Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) prohibiting Booking.com from using such clauses in contracts with hotel operators. ‘Narrow’ best price (...)

The Indian Competition Commission finds that chemist associations and pharmaceutical companies had engaged in a system of no-objection certificates under which the associations prescribed which stockist could stock a company’s products
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) found that two chemist associations and two pharmaceutical companies had engaged in a system of no-objection certificates (NOC) under which the associations prescribed which stockist could stock a company’s products.1 The associations and certain of (...)

The Indian Competition Authority fines pharmaceutical associations and companies for imposing anticompetitive conditions on their retailers (Madhya Pradesh Chemists and Distributors Federation / Madhya Pradesh Chemists and Druggist Association)
Vaish Associates (New Delhi)
CCI imposes penalty on chemists and druggist associations in Madhya Pradesh and two pharmaceutical companies* By way of order dated 03.06.2019, CCI imposed penalty on Madhya Pradesh Chemists and Druggist Association (“MPCDA”) and Indore Chemists Association (“ICA”) (collectively ‘chemists and (...)

The Indian Competition Authority finds that pharmaceutical companies and their trade association infringe competition law so orders them to organise competition awareness programmes (Madhya Pradesh Chemists and Distributors Federation / Madhya Pradesh Chemists and Druggist Association)
National Law University (Punjab)
Indian competition authority finds that pharmaceutical companies and their trade association infringe competition law* Background On 3rd June 2019, CCI delivered yet another order, wherein it held the Madhya Pradesh Chemists & Druggists Association along with other district-level (...)

The Competition Commission of India finds two chemist associations and two pharmaceutical companies to have used no-objection certificates (Madhya Pradesh Chemists and Distributors Federation / Madhya Pradesh Chemists and Druggist Association)
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
India Competition Law Roundup: June 2019 The Competition Commission of India (CCI) found that two chemist associations and two pharmaceutical companies had engaged in a system of no-objection certificates (NOC) under which the associations prescribed which stockist could stock a company’s (...)

The US Department of Justice announces three new investigations and several developments in ongoing investigations
McDermott Will & Emery (Paris)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Chicago)
The Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division announced three new investigations and several developments in its other investigations, including new investigations in the commercial flooring industry, online auctions for surplus government equipment and insulation installation contracts. (...)

Unilateral Practices

The District Court of Rotterdam annuls a €41 million fine imposed by the Dutch Competition Authority on a Dutch railway operator for allegedly abusing its dominant position (Nederlandse Spoorwegen)
Bird & Bird (The Hague)
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Bird & Bird (Amsterdam)
ABUSE OF DOMINANCE FINE OF € 41 MILLION FOR DUTCH RAILWAY OPERATOR ANNULED* Introduction The Authority for Consumers and Markets (“ACM“, the Dutch competition authority) was in 2017 – after years of silence – finally able to fine an undertaking for abuse of dominance. A heavy fine of almost € 41 (...)

The Brazilian Competition Authority decides to file charges against a multinational technology company due to one of its online shopping platform features (Google)
Sciences Po Paris
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University of São Paulo
GOOGLE SHOPPING IN BRAZIL: HIGHLIGHTS OF CADE’S DECISION AND TAKEAWAYS FOR DIGITAL ECONOMY ISSUES On 26 June 2019, the Brazilian Competition Authority (CADE) decided to file the competition charges raised against Google on its “Google Shopping” feature. It was not an easy decision, which is shown (...)

The EU Commission announces it will use its interim measures in investigating a major chipmaker’s abuse of dominance (Broadcom)
Dechert (Brussels)
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Dechert (Brussels)
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Dechert (Brussels)
Key Takeaways In a potentially ground-breaking move, the European Commission recently announced its intention to use its powers to impose interim measures in an investigation targeting chipmaker Broadcom. If it does impose such measures, it would be the first use of these powers in 18 years. (...)

The EU Commission opens an investigation against a designer of integrated circuits for wired communication devices and sends a Statement of Objections seeking to impose interim measures in TV and modem chipsets markets (Broadcom)
DG COMP (Brussels)
The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether Broadcom may be restricting competition through exclusivity practices, in breach of EU rules. The Commission intends to impose interim measures during the investigation with regard to TV and modem chipsets (...)

The EU Commission opens a formal investigation to assess whether a producer of integrated circuit abused its dominant position (Broadcom)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 26 June 2019, the European Commission (the “Commission”) announced that it had opened a formal investigation to assess whether integrated circuit (“IC”) provider Broadcom may be abusing its dominant position, in breach of Article 102 Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. In parallel, (...)

The EU Commission opens investigation and sends statements of objections on interim measures in TV and modem chipsets markets (Broadcom)
Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
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Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
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Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
The Commission has opened an investigation into Broadcom’s commercial practices over a number of competition concerns. Broadcom is one of the world’s largest designers, developers and providers of key components of wired communication devices and is a global leader in the markets of (...)

The EU Commission opens an investigation into semiconductor company for exclusionary conduct and uses interim powers for the first time in two decades (Broadcom)
Callol, Coca & Asociados (Madrid)
The European Commission has announced that it has opened an investigation against Broadcom in connection with various practices such as between Broadcom products and other products. The case follows precedents in the microchips market, particularly echoing the investigation against Intel which (...)

The Russian Competition Authority opens proceedings against a railway company suspected of fixing monopolistically high prices (Russian Railways)
Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (Moscow)
THE ANTIMONOPOLY SERVICE OPENED A CASE AGAINST RUSSIAN RAILWAYS* FAS exposed elements of fixing monopolistically high price for heating energy in the form of steam The Antimonopoly Service received a complaint from “Rikwest-Service” Ltd. about signs of violating the antimonopoly law by Samara (...)

The Brazilian Antitrust Authority enters in a settlement agreement with a major refining company for the sale of oil refineries (Petrobras)
Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga (New York)
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Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. & Quiroga (Sao Paulo)
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Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. & Quiroga (Rio de Janeiro)
During a hearing held on June 11, 2019, the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) entered into a Settlement Agreement with Petrobras for the sale of eight oil refineries and associated infrastructure. The agreement was approved by the majority of CADE’s Commissioners and has in (...)

The MOFCOM announces that China will introduce the ’Unreliable Entity List’ regime and issues general criteria for determining which foreign entities and individuals will be listed
AnJie Law (Beijing)
UNRELIABLE ENTITY LIST EMBRACES ABUSE OF DOMINANCE UNDER THE AML OF THE PRC* On May 31, 2019, the Ministry of Commerce of China (“MOFCOM”) announced that China will establish an “Unreliable Entity List” (“UEL”) targeting on foreign entities and individuals that fail to comply with the principles of (...)

Mergers

The EU Commission fines an imaging and optical products manufacturer €28 million for gun jumping (Canon / Toshiba Medical Systems)
LK Shields (Brussels)
European Commission fines Canon EUR 28 million for Gun Jumping* Canon, the Japanese imaging and optical products manufacturer, has been fined €28 million (US$ 31.8 million) for implementing its acquisition of Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation (TMSC), before it was approved by the Commission, (...)

The EU Commission fines a company €28 million for partial gun-jumping in the imaging and optical products market (Canon / Toshiba Medical Systems)
Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
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Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
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Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
The European Commission has fined Canon, the Japan-based imaging and optical products company, €28 million for its failure to fully respect notification and standstill obligations in the acquisition of Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation (“TMSC”). EU merger rules require that merging companies (...)

The EU Commission imposes a fine of €28 million for “gun-jumping” on a Japanese manufacturer of imaging and optical products (Canon)
DG COMP (Brussels)
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Shearman & Sterling (London)
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Shearman & Sterling (Brussels)
On 27 June 2019 the European Commission imposed a fine of €28 million on the Japanese imaging and optical products manufacturer Canon for “gun-jumping” by using a warehousing structure in its 2016 acquisition of Toshiba Medical Systems (TMS), and this comes two years after the Commission announced (...)

The Danish Competition Authority clears a merger subject to remedies in the market of retail provision of TV services via fibre optic infrastructure (SE / Eniig)
Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (Copenhagen)
The Danish Competition Council has approved the merger between SE a.m.b.a and Eniig a.m.b.a. subject to remedies* On 21 December 2018 the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (hereinafter “DCCA”) received a complete notification of the merger between SE a.m.b.a. (hereinafter “SE”) and Eniig (...)

The Swiss Federal Supreme Court affirms a major ticket sale company’s sole legitimacy to submit a complaint against the Competition Commission’s prohibition of the merger between its wholly owned subsidiary and another company (Ticketcorner Holding / Tamedia)
Lenz & Staehelin (Zurich)
In its decision of June 24, 2019, the Federal Supreme Court affirms Ticketcorner Holding AG’s sole legitimacy to lodge a complaint against ComCo’s prohibition of the merger between its wholly-owned subsidiary Ticketcorner AG and Starticket AG. The Federal Supreme Court thereby clarifies that (...)

The EU Commission clears a merger subject to remedies in the markets of night vision devices and handheld video data links (L3 Technologies / Harris Corporation)
DG COMP (Brussels)
Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of L3 Technologies by Harris Corporation, subject to conditions* The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of L3 Technologies by Harris Corporation, both aerospace and defence companies based in the (...)

The Competition Commission of India clears a minority shareholdings acquisition in the financial industry after the merger notification is submitted due to board seat (Kedaara / Ajax)
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
The CCI cleared the acquisition by Kedaara Capital Fund (Kedaara), a private equity fund, of an approximately 7.98% stake in Ajax Engineering (Ajax), a manufacturer of concreting equipment. [1] Since there were no horizontal overlaps or vertical relationships, the CCI concluded that the (...)

The Spanish Competition Authority investigates a possible infringement of merger commitments in the telecom sector (Telefónica)
Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
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Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
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Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
In 2015, the CNMC approved the acquisition of DTS by Telefónica, subject to a series of commitments relating to the pay television market. Telefónica undertook, inter alia, to make available 100% of its premium channels to third-party operators under conditions which would allow them to (...)

The Austrian Cartel Court fines a company for gun-jumping in the building materials industry (WIG Wietersdorfer)
Austrian Competition Authority (Vienna)
Fine imposed for illegal merger in the building materials industry* On 14 June 2019 the Cartel Court, at the Federal Cartel Prosecutor’s request, imposed a fine of € 70,000 on WIG Wietersdorfer Holding GmbH. WIG Wietersdorfer Holding GmbH had acquired a 50% stake in the target company Calcit, (...)

The French Competition Authority clears a merger in the cardboard sector following remedies accepted by EU Commission (International Paper Company / DS Smith)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Cardboard sector* In part of commitments that are conditions for the European Commission’s approval of the acquisition of Europac by DS Smith, the Autorité de la concurrence gives clearance to International Paper Company to acquirethe two Normandy plants of DS Smith Packaging Normandie On 14 (...)

The Austrian Competition Authority conditionally clears a merger in the hardware and software sector (Carl Zeiss/GOM)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 13 June 2019, the Austrian Federal Competition Authority cleared the acquisition of GOM, a supplier of hardware and software for automated 3D-coordinate metrology, by Carl Zeiss, a technology company in the optical and optoelectronic industry. The clearance is subject to commitments. Among (...)

The UK Competition Authority clears the takeover of a mobile payments company after conducting an in-depth Phase 2 probe (PayPal / iZettle)
CRA International (London)
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CRA International (London)
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Charles River Associates (Boston)
Acquisitions of Potential Rivals in Digital/Tech: Valuation Analysis as Key Economic Tool - PayPal/iZettle Antitrust authorities everywhere are increasingly concerned with so-called “killer acquisitions” – cases where an established incumbent buys up a small rival which might have the potential (...)

The UK Competition Authority clears a merger in the online and offline payment services market (PayPal / iZettle)
British Competition Authority - CMA (London)
CMA clears PayPal / iZettle deal* The CMA has cleared PayPal’s completed takeover of rival mobile payments company iZettle after an in-depth, Phase 2, investigation. Both companies provide mobile point of sale (mPOS) devices that enable businesses to take ‘offline’ payments through a card reader (...)

The EU Commission prohibits a joint venture in the carbon and electrical steel activities sector (Thyssenkrupp /Tata)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 11 June 2019, the European Commission (“Commission”) prohibited the creation of a joint venture between Thyssenkrupp and Tata Steel under the EU Merger Regulation. The deal would have combined Thyssenkrupp and Tata’s flat carbon and electrical steel activities in the EEA. According to the (...)

The EU Commission prohibits a merger in the steel sector (Thyssenkrupp /Tata)
Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
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Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
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Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
On 11 June 2019, the proposed joint venture (“JV”) between the two companies was prohibited by the Commission. The prohibition is grounded on the effects that the proposed JV would have produced in the market, namely, reduced competition and increased steel prices. The Commission’s decision is (...)

The UK Competition and Market Authority closes its investigation into a merger in the production of microscope sector after the parties abandoned the deal (Thermo Fisher/Gatan)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 10 June 2019, the UK’s Competition and Market’s Authority (“CMA”) cancelled its Phase II investigation into scientific instruments giant Thermo Fisher’s anticipated purchase of Gatan, a Roper subsidiary active in the production of specialised electron microscope peripherals, after the parties (...)

The German Competition Authority announces the withdrawal of a merger notification between companies in the information technology sector (IBM / T-Systems)
German Competition Authority (Bonn)
IBM withdraws notification of its acquisition of staff, hardware and software from T- Systems’ mainframe business after the Bundeskartellamt expressed concerns* Bonn, 7 June 2019: IBM Deutschland GmbH, Ehningen, has withdrawn its notification of plans to acquire essential hard and software as (...)

The Mexican Competition Authority prohibits a concentration between a retail company and a company offering logistical services to retailers (Walmart / Cornershop)
Mexican Competition Authority (Mexico City)
COFECE blocked Walmart/Cornershop concentration* • The proposed deal could generate incentives to unduly displace or block competitors’ access to the Cornershop platform and/or hinder the development of new platforms. • The new economic agent resulting from the transaction would gain sufficient (...)

State Aid

The EU Commission approves under EU State Aid rules a public support for cleaner transport in German cities (Immediate Clean Air Programme)
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €431 million public support for cleaner transport in German cities* The European Commission has found German plans to support the retrofitting of municipal and commercial diesel vehicles to be in line with EU State aid rules. The measure should contribute to (...)

The General Court of the European Union annuls the Commission’s decision for lack of jurisdiction of the Commission on the State aid matter (Micula)
Sheppard Mullin (Brussels)
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Sheppard Mullin (Brussels)
INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION, INVESTMENT PROTECTION AND EU STATE AID RULES: THE GENERAL COURT OF THE EU ANNULS THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION’S STATE AID DECISION IN THE MICULA CASE In a long-awaited ruling of June 18, 2019, the General Court of the European Union (“GCEU”) annulled the European (...)

The EU General Court annuls a State aid decision of the Commission concerning the food production sector in Romania (Micula)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 18 June 2019, the General Court of the European Union (the “General Court”) handed down its long-awaited judgment in the Micula case (Cases T-624/15, T-694/15 and T-704/15, European Food and Others v Commission, EU:T:2019:423). The case finds its origins in the investment made by the Miculas, (...)

The EU Commission approves under EU State Aid rules the support for the production of electricity from renewable sources in Italy
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €5.4 billion support for production of electricity from renewable sources in Italy* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a scheme to support electricity production from renewable sources in Italy. The measure will contribute to the EU (...)

The EU Commission opens an in-depth investigation to assess whether some capital injections granted by Denmark and Sweden to postal companies are in line with EU State aid rules (PostNord / Post Danmark)
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into capital injections in favour of PostNord and Post Danmark* The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether certain capital injections granted by Denmark and Sweden to PostNord and Post Danmark are in line (...)

The EU Commission opens an in-depth investigation to determine whether the public financing model of the Fehmarn Belt fixed rail-road link is in line with EU State aid rules
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into public financing of Fehmarn Belt fixed rail-road link* The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to determine whether the public financing model of the Fehmarn Belt fixed rail-road link is in line with EU State aid (...)

The EU Commission opens an in-depth investigation into Lithuanian electricity strategic reserve measure (AB Lietuvos Energija)
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into Lithuanian electricity strategic reserve measure* The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether Lithuanian support to energy company AB Lietuvos Energija in the context of a strategic reserve measure may (...)

Procedures

The US Supreme Court issues a decision limiting the circumstances under which a federal agency may be compelled to disclose confidential information the agency received from a private party (Food Marketing Institute / Argus Leader Media)
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Hong Kong)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Washington)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Washington)
On June 24, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an important decision limiting the circumstances under which a federal agency may be compelled to disclose “confidential” information the agency received from a private party, and which the agency seeks to withhold under the Freedom (...)

Regulatory

The French Parquet National Financier and the Anti-Corruption Agency publish procedural guidelines on the steps that need to be taken by companies that wish to enter into deferred prosecution agreements
Dechert (London)
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Dechert (London)
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Dechert (London)
Navigating French Internal Investigations and Self-Reporting - French Authorities Issue New Guidance* France is off to a strong start enforcing Sapin II, its December 2016 anti-corruption legislation. Since the enactment of the statute, the lead French investigating and prosecuting agencies, (...)

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