November 2018

Anticompetitive practices

The EU Commission opens a formal investigation to assess whether agreements between booking system providers and airlines and travel agents restrict competition (Amadeus / Sabre)
DG COMP (Brussels)
Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into airline ticket distribution services* The European Commission has opened a formal investigation to assess whether agreements between booking system providers Amadeus and Sabre on the one hand, and airlines and travel agents on the other, may (...)

The EU Commission invites feedback from stakeholders on its evaluation of the Vertical Agreements Block Exemption Regulation that will expire in 2022
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
The Vertical Agreements Block Exemption Regulation (“VABER”) will expire on 31 May 2022. As a result, the European Commission has formally commenced its evaluation of the VABER in order to inform its decision on whether to allow it lapse, prolong its duration or revise it, in particular to take (...)

The Indian Competition Authority holds that information exchange is not a standalone violation of the Indian Competition Act (Flashlights cartel)
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co (New Delhi)
On 6 November 2018, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) found that four manufacturers/traders of flashlights and their trade association (the Opposite Parties) were not involved in cartelisation as, despite an information exchange, there was not enough corroborating evidence to suggest a (...)

Unilateral Practices

The German Competition Authority initiates an abuse of dominance proceeding against a major e-commerce company (Amazon)
German Competition Authority (Bonn)
Bundeskartellamt initiates abuse proceeding against Amazon* The Bundeskartellamt has today initiated an abuse proceeding against Amazon to examine its terms of business and practices towards sellers on its German marketplace amazon.de. Andreas Mundt, President of the Bundeskartellamt: “Amazon (...)

Mergers

The EU Commission clears a merger subject to remedies in the market for the manufacture and supply of wood pulp (Fibria / Suzano)
DG COMP (Brussels)
Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of Fibria by Suzano, subject to conditions* The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Fibria by Suzano, both active in the production and supply of wood pulp from eucalyptus trees. The decision is conditional (...)

The Italian Competition Authority conditionally clears a merger in the optical sector (Luxottica / Barberini)
Desogus Law Office (Cagliari)
Closing a Second Phase investigation in the Luxottica/Barberini case, the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) has conditionally cleared a merger between two major players in the optical industry. After an in-depth review of the transaction, the ICA took the view that the notified merger may (...)

The EU Commission clears a merger subject to remedies in the markets for corrugated case materials, sheets and cases (Europac / DS Smith)
DG COMP (Brussels)
Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of Europac by DS Smith, subject to conditions* The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Europac by DS Smith, both manufacturers of paper and packaging products. The decision is conditional on the divestment (...)

The EU Commission conditionally clears the creation of six joint ventures for mobility services (Daimler / BMW)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 7 November 2018, the European Commission conditionally approved the creation of six mobility services joint ventures by Daimler and BMW. While the joint ventures will combine Daimler and BMW’s mobility services in ride hailing services, parking services, charging services and other on-demand (...)

The EU Commission clears the creation of six joint ventures subject to remedies in the automobile sector (Daimler / BMW)
DG COMP (Brussels)
Mergers: Commission clears the creation of six joint ventures by Daimler and BMW, subject to conditions* The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the creation of six joint ventures by Daimler and BMW, subject to conditions. Daimler and BMW, both active in car (...)

The EU Commission clears a merger, subject to remedies, in the markets of production and distribution of films for release in movie theatrers and distribution of content for home entertainment and licensing of films and other TV content (Fox / Disney)
DG COMP (Brussels)
Mergers: Commission approves Disney’s acquisition of parts of Fox, subject to conditions* The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of parts of Fox by Disney, both US based global media companies. The decision is conditional on full (...)

State Aid

The EU Commission approves, under EU State aid rules, a measure to support innovative solar power installations in France
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €600 million in public support for innovative solar power installations in France* The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules a measure to support innovative installations for electricity production from solar energy. The measure will further (...)

The EU Commission finds no aid given to container terminal operators in Belgium’s Port of Antwerp (PSA Antwerp / Antwerp Gateway)
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission finds no aid given to container terminal operators in Belgium’s Port of Antwerp* The European Commission has concluded that reductions in compensation payments granted by the state-owned Port of Antwerp to two container terminal operators were granted on market terms and (...)

The EU General Court confirms selectivity of Spanish tax scheme for the amortisation of financial goodwill (Deutsche Telekom / Banco Santander / Sigma Alimentos Exterior / Prosegur Compañia de Seguridad / Duty Free Group / Banco Santander / Santusa)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 15 November 2018, the General court (“GC”) issued several judgments in cases relating to a European Com-mission decision classifying a Spanish tax scheme for the amortisation of financial goodwill as incompatible state aid (Cases T-207/10, T-227/10, T-239/11, T-405/11, T-406/11, T-219/10 and (...)

The EU Commission and the UK propose a draft withdrawal agreement following the Brexit referendum : the State aid provisions
College of Europe (Bruges)
Article published on StateAidHub: http://stateaidhub.eu, republished in e-Competitions with the courtesy of the author. The original title of this article appears below the e-Competitions title. Authors are welcome to write an alternative article on this case/text, provided they have no (...)

The EU Commission finds that an energy producer received around €60 million of incompatible State aid from Romania (CE Hunedoara)
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Romania needs to recover around €60 million of incompatible aid from energy producer CE Hunedoara* The European Commission has found that energy producer Complexul Energetic Hunedoara (CE Hunedoara) received around €60 million of incompatible State aid from Romania through four (...)

The EU Commission approves under EU State aid rules a Bulgarian and Greek plan for the construction of a natural gas interconnector
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves public support for natural gas interconnector between Greece and Bulgaria* The European Commission has found Bulgarian and Greek plans to support the construction and operation of a natural gas interconnector to be in line with EU State aid rules. The project (...)

Procedures

The High Court of Namibia declares a dawn raid conducted by the Competition Commission to be unlawful (Puma Energy)
Primerio (Washington)
NAMIBIA: HIGH COURT DECLARES COMPETITION COMMISSION’S SEARCH AND SEIZURE UNLAWFUL* On 9 November 2018, the High Court in Namibia declared a dawn raid conducted by the Namibian Competition Commission (NaCC) in September 2016 to be unlawful. The NaCC raided the premises of PUMA Energy on the (...)

Regulatory

The EU Commission and the UK propose a draft withdrawal agreement following the Brexit referendum
Ashurst (London)
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Ashurst (London)
Are you wondering what competition law in the UK might look like post-Brexit? The answer differs depending on whether the wording of the draft withdrawal agreement agreed between the UK government and European Commission (’Commission’) on 14 November 2018 (’Withdrawal Agreement’) is ultimately (...)

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