Competition Law & Covid-19

Anticompetitive practices

The EU Commission issues a second competition comfort letter in support of pharmaceutical cooperation to combat COVID-19 Free
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On Monday 29 March 2021, the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition (the Commission) published its second “new style” comfort letter. It was addressed to the organisers of an online “matchmaking event” that runs on 29 and 31 March 2021 and brings together more than 300 parties (...)

The German Competition Authority launches a competition register for public procurement
Bird & Bird (Dusseldorf)
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Bird & Bird (Dusseldorf)
The Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) has recently launched the German Competition Register for Public Procurement (“Competition Register”) and approved the participation if pharmaceutical wholesalers in the VCI Emergency Platform for vaccination equipment - two important steps in fighting white-collar (...)

The EU Commission selects 15 initiatives to help simplify and modernize EU law after the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Jones Day (Brussels)
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Jones Day (Brussels)
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Jones Day (Brussels)
On 5 March 2021, the Commission announced the Fit for Future Platform’s selection of 15 initiatives aimed at simplifying EU law. Launched in May 2020, the Platform gathers a high-level expert group to assist the Commission with simplifying existing EU laws and reducing administrative burdens (...)

The Australian Competition Authority announces that restrictions on travel and economic activity due to the COVID-19 outbreak have an enormous effect on petrol prices
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
Petrol prices ended bumpy year slightly lower as demand rebounded* Petrol prices in Australia’s five largest cities stabilised at the end of 2020 after an unpredictable year and petrol sales volumes continued to recover from their earlier pandemic-driven slump. That’s according to the ACCC’s (...)

The Australian Competition Authority releases its 2021 enforcement and compliance priorities
Bird & Bird (Sydney)
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Bird & Bird (Sydney)
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Bird & Bird (Sydney)
On 23 February 2021, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) released its enforcement and compliance priorities for the year ahead. The Chairman of the ACCC, Rod Sims, also made his first public appearance today to discuss those priorities. As we have previously reported, (...)

The Australian Competition Authority outlines its enforcement and compliance priorities for 2021 in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
ACCC’s 2021 enforcement and compliance priorities* Sales practices in Australia’s domestic travel sector, competition in aviation and the conduct of some caravan manufacturers will be among the ACCC’s compliance and enforcement priorities during 2021, ACCC Chair Rod Sims announced today. In his (...)

The Australian Competition Authority releases its annual list of compliance and enforcement priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Bird & Bird (Sydney)
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Bird & Bird (Sydney)
On 23 February 2021, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (“ACCC”) released its compliance and enforcement priorities for 2021. These priorities provide guidance to industries and businesses regarding those areas which will be a key focus for the ACCC’s enforcement activities in the (...)

The UK Parliament publishes recommendations for a stronger competition and consumer protection regime
Herbert Smith Freehills (London)
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Herbert Smith Freehills (London)
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Herbert Smith Freehills (London)
On 16 February the UK government published a Report by John Penrose MP, commissioned earlier this year to lead a review on how the UK’s competition regime will need to evolve to meet its policy aims of promoting a dynamic, innovation-driven economy which delivers for consumers and businesses (...)

The UK Parliament publishes recommendations on how competition law and the consumer protection regime could be improved
Ashurst (London)
In September 2020, John Penrose MP was commissioned by the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for BEIS to write an independent report on how the UK’s approach to competition and consumer issues could be improved. In particular, the UK Government’s terms of reference (...)

The Kenyan Competition Authority publishes draft guidelines for competitor collaborations during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Primerio (Washington)
Antitrust enforcer to allow self-assessment of competitor collaborations amidst pandemic* Following the (thus far rarely used) “Block Exemption” procedure under Section 30 (2) of the Kenyan Competition Act, the Competition Authority of Kenya (“CAK”) has proposed a new set of draft Guidelines as to (...)

The Italian Competition Authority opens fourteen investigations into a national dairy products distributor for alleged unfair practices to the detriment of the contributing farmers (As many dairies)
Italian Competition Authority (Rome)
ICA: fourteen investigations opened into as many dairies for alleged unfair practices to the detriment of the contributing farmers* The proceedings were initiated following reports by the Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies The Italian Competition Authority (Autorità (...)

The French Competition Authority publishes its priorities in a roadmap
Bird & Bird (Paris)
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Bird & Bird (Paris)
After a year strongly marked by the unprecedented COVID-19 health and economic crisis, the French Competition Authority ("FCA") recently published its roadmap for 2021. Continuity and novelty are the two words that can summarise the FCA’s 2021 priorities: Continuity: given that some of these (...)

The French Competition Authority rejects a complaint formed by travel agencies on the basis that there is no evidence of anticompetitive practices resulting from failure to refund cancelled flights due to the COVID-19 outbreak (Cediv Travel) Free
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Failure to refund cancelled flights: the Autorité de la concurrence rejects the complaint by travel agencies on the basis that there is no evidence of anticompetitive practices. The Autorité’s decision should not prejudge the compatibility of practices with European Regulation No. 261/2004 (...)

The UK Competition Authority consults on its annual plan for 2021 and 2022
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
The CMA is consulting on its Annual Plan for 2021/22.* The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has outlined the key areas on which it expects to focus in the coming year, including its ongoing commitment to protect UK consumers during the unprecedented circumstances of the coronavirus (...)

The OECD holds a roundtable on the role of competition policy in promoting economic recovery Free
OECD - Competition Division (Paris)
As the COVID-19 crisis develops and moves through different stages including soon towards economic recovery, governments, policymakers and regulators, including competition authorities, face different challenges in order to support a swift and robust recovery. In a world hard hit by a pandemic (...)

The Lithuanian Competition Authority reduces fines imposed on a cartel of cinema companies as a measure against the COVID-19 pandemic (Theatrical Film Distribution / NCG Distribution / Forum Cinemas) Free
Lithuanian Competition Authority (Vilnius)
As a Result of COVID-19 Pandemic, Lithuanian Competition Council Reduces Fines Imposed on Cinema Companies That Formed Cartel* The Lithuanian competition authority Konkurencijos taryba has found that the film distributor Theatrical Film Distribution and the firms NCG Distribution and Forum (...)

The Lithuanian Competition Authority reduces fine for price fixing due to the effects of COVID-19 pandemic (Theatrical Film Distribution / NCG Distribution / Forum Cinemas) Free
Commonwealth Secretariat (London)
It was a classic case of a price fixing cartel brought to the competition authority’s attention by a potential victim. The Lithuanian competition authority, Konkurencijos taryba, or Competition Council of the Republic of Lithuania (‘Competition Council’), announced on 25 November 2020 that its (...)

The Lithuanian Competition Authority reduces fines it imposed on cinema companies for forming cartel as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic (Theatrical Film Distribution / NCG Distribution / Forum Cinemas) Free
Lithuanian Competition Authority (Vilnius)
As a result of Covid-19 Pandemic, Lithuanian Competition council reduces fines imposed on cinema companies that formed cartel* The Lithuanian competition authority Konkurencijos taryba has found that the film distributor Theatrical Film Distribution and the firms NCG Distribution and Forum (...)

The Australian Competition Authority authorises cooperation to support regional airline services due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Virgin Australia / Alliance Airlines) Free
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
Virgin Australia and Alliance Airlines authorised to cooperate to support regional airline services* The ACCC has today granted interim authorisation to Virgin Australia and Alliance Airlines allowing them to cooperate on 41 regional routes and two short-haul international routes. The ACCC’s (...)

The Dutch Competition Authority allows health insurers to distribute the additional costs of effects of the COVID-19 crisis among each other Free
Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (The Hague)
Dutch health insurers may distribute the additional costs of effects of the coronavirus crisis among each other* This year, Dutch health insurers may distribute the additional costs of the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis among themselves. The Netherlands Authority for Consumers (...)

The Australian Competition Authority issues interim report on its first inquiry of digital services platforms which finds a surge in online messaging use during the COVID-19 pandemic as big digital platforms continue to expand
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
Surge in online messaging use as big digital platforms continue to expand* Australians are increasingly turning to online private messaging services to keep in touch with each other, and are overwhelmingly choosing services provided by Facebook and Apple. The ACCC’s first Digital Platform (...)

The Mexican Competition Authority opens investigation into possible anticompetitive practices in the market for the leasing of non-residential real estate spaces Free
Mexican Competition Authority (Mexico City)
COFECE investigates possible absolute monopolistic practices in the market for the leasing of non-residential real estate spaces* This investigation shall not be understood as a prejudgment, but as an action of the authority to verify compliance with the Federal Economic Competition Law. In (...)

The Mexican Competition Authority proposes 12 measures on economic competition matters to support the recovery of the national economy as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis Free
Mexican Competition Authority (Mexico City)
COFECE proposes 12 measures on economic competition matters to support the recovery of the Mexican economy* As a result of the health crisis, markets could further concentrate. Guaranteeing inclusion and permanence of a wide range of companies is the best way to ensure a sustainable recovery (...)

The Australian Competition Authority authorizes cooperation in the energy industry under strict restrictions due to COVID-19 outbreak Free
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
Energy industry cooperation authorised with strict conditions* The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and participants in gas and electricity markets have been authorised to cooperate on measures to secure Australia’s energy supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic. The authorisation (...)

The Australian Competition Authority releases an airline competition report exploring the impact of COVID-19 on the sector Free
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
Airline competition critical for consumers and economy* The ACCC’s Airline Competition in Australia reportreleased today explores the significant impact of COVID-19 on the sector and outlines the approach the ACCC will take to protecting competition. The report is the first under the Federal (...)

The UK Competition Authority imposes interim measures while it prolongs due to COVID-19 pandemic its investigation of an updated agreement between major airlines on providing slots to other competitors on certain UK-US routes (Atlantic Joint Business Agreement) Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
CMA acts to protect competition on UK-US airline routes* Due to coronavirus, the CMA has imposed measures to protect competition on UK-US air routes while it investigates an agreement involving BA and American Airlines. The next year will see the expiry of remedies in place under a set of (...)

The Italian Competition Authority fines four taxi firms for foreclosure of open platforms (Consortaxi / Taxi Napoli / Radio Taxi Partenope / Desa Radiotaxi) Free
Herbert Smith Freehills (Milan)
On 15 September 2020, the Italian Competition Authority (“ICA”) found that four taxi firms had entered into an agreement having as its object the prevention of competition by app providers in Naples. Due to the seriousness of the breach of Article 101 TFEU, a request by the parties that a (...)

The Hellenic Competition Authority launches an investigation on health and hospital equipment during COVID-19 pandemic Free
Hellenic Competition Authority (Athens)
The interim results of HCC’s investigations on health and hospital equipment during covid-19 pandemic* Subject: Investigation by the Hellenic Competition Commission in the markets of a) healthcare materials, b) other appropriate means of individual or collective protection against the spread of (...)

The Australian Competition Authority authorizes oil companies to cooperate to secure fuel supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
Oil companies authorised to cooperate to secure fuel supplies during COVID-19* The Australian Institute of Petroleum (AIP) and major oil refiners have been granted authorisation by the ACCC to continue cooperating on measures to improve the security of fuel supplies during the COVID-19 (...)

The Australian Competition Authority authorises supermarkets to continue cooperating on COVID-19 response Free
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
Supermarkets authorised to continue cooperating on COVID-19 response* Supermarket operators will be allowed to continue cooperating to ensure supply of food and groceries in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, under an ACCC authorisation granted today. Coles, Woolworths, Metcash, Aldi, and (...)

The Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal lowers with 99% a fine imposed for cartel by the Competition Authority due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Bird & Bird (The Hague)
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Bird & Bird (Amsterdam)
The Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal (College van Beroep voor het bedrijfsleven, “CBb”) reduced a fine imposed by the Dutch Authority for Consumers & Markets (“ACM”) on an unidentified undertaking with 99%, from €1 million to €10.000,-. The ACM asked the court to lower the fine, after (...)

The Hong Kong Competition Authority cautions participants of anti-COVID-19 subsidy programs to comply with the Competition Ordinance Free
Hong Kong Competition Commission
Competition Commission cautions participants in anti-epidemic subsidy programmes to comply with Competition Ordinance* The Competition Commission (Commission) has noticed recent media reports on businesses suspected of engaging in collusive practices when procuring and supplying goods and (...)

The Australian Competition Authority allows chicken processors to cooperate on Victorian chicken meat supply due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Ingham’s / Turosi / Hazeldene’s Chicken Farm / Australian Chicken Meat Federation) Free
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
Processors authorised to cooperate on Victorian chicken meat supply* Ingham’s Group and other chicken processors will be allowed to work together to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated Victorian stage 4 restrictions on the chicken meat industry, under an urgent interim (...)

The Australian Competition Authority proposes to continue to allow airlines to cooperate on regional routes due to COVID-19 pandemic
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
ACCC proposes to continue to allow airlines to cooperate on regional routes* Regional Express Pty Ltd (Rex) will be allowed to continue to coordinate flight schedules with Qantas and Virgin Australia on 10 regional routes (the relevant routes) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, under an (...)

The Indian Government allows the Tax Department to share information with the Competition Authority, which shows leniency to two companies involved in cartel cases in the transport sector due to COVID-19 (automotive bearing case) (railway locomotive case) Free
National University of Study and Research in Law (Ranchi)
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National University of Study and Research in Law (Ranchi)
CCI joins forces with the Indian Tax Department: A new dawn for the Indian Fair-trade regulator?* The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has worsened the already struggling Indian economy and the sky-high growth in the cartel cases in the country comes as no surprise. However, given the current (...)

The Hungarian Competition Authority investigates therapeutic claims attributed to cosmetic products containing C-peptide as consumers are subjected to unfair commercial practices due to COVID-19 (Vargapeptide) Free
Bird & Bird (Budapest)
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Bird & Bird (Budapest)
The Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH) keeps a watchful eye over advertisement claims regarding alleged COVID-19 treatments that exploit the vulnerability of consumers in the current pandemic. The GVH initiated an investigation against Max-Immun Kft. in May (VJ/22/2020), because of its (...)

The US DoJ issues a letter for monoclonal antibody manufacturers to expand their production and allows exchange of information during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
US Department of Justice - Antitrust Division (Washington)
Department Of Justice Issues Business Review Letter To Monoclonal Antibody Manufacturers To Expedite And Increase The Production Of Covid-19 Mab Treatments* The United States Department of Justice announced today that it will not challenge proposed efforts by Eli Lilly and Company, AbCellera (...)

The French Government temporarily reduces the threshold for review of non-EU/EEA investments in French listed companies in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Paris)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Paris)
On July 23, 2020, the French Government published a Decree and a Ministerial Order to temporarily reduce the threshold for review of nonEU/EEA investments in French listed companies in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. As explained by the French Minister for the Economy, “[w]hile most (...)

The BRICS Competition Authorities issue a statement on COVID-19
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
The Heads of the BRICS Competition Authorities of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa issued a Statement on COVID-19. The Authorities noted the significant impact of the pandemic on all aspects of global economic stability, especially in developing countries and recognised the (...)

The French Government issues interim rules on certain foreign investments in response to COVID-19 Free
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Paris)
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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Paris)
On July 23, 2020, the French government issued decree nº 2020-892 of July 22, 2020 (the Decree), and a ministerial order of the same date (together, the Interim Rules), which lowered the applicable threshold that triggers French foreign investment control for investments by non-European (...)

The UK Competition Authority takes part in a paper exploring the consequences for competition of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
How should competition policy react to coronavirus?* IPPR has today published a paper by CMA Chairman Andrew Tyrie, discussing how competition policy can contribute to a robust and sustainable post-crisis recovery. The paper - How should competition policy react to coronavirus? - explores (...)

The Singapore Competition Authority issues a guidance note on collaborations between competitors in response to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Bird & Bird (Singapore)
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Bird & Bird (Singapore)
COVID-19 has presented significant economic challenges to businesses across all industries, disrupting daily operations and global supply chains. During this time, temporary collaborations among competitors have become an important means of sustaining or improving the supply of essential goods (...)

The Hellenic Competition Authority implements regulation authorising agreements and decisions on market stabilisation measures in the wine sector due to COVID-19 Free
Hellenic Competition Authority (Athens)
Commission Implementing Regulation in the wine sector* Commission Implementing Regulation authorising agreements and decisions on market stabilisation measures in the wine sector The European Commission adopted an additional package of exceptional measures to support the wine sector, (...)

The Australian Competition Authority proposes to allow supermarkets to continue cooperating on grocery supply during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
ACCC proposes to allow supermarkets to continue cooperating on grocery supply* Supermarket operators will be able to continue working together until March 2021 to ensure the continued supply of food and groceries during the COVID-19 pandemic, under the ACCC’s draft determination. “The ACCC (...)

The Hellenic Competition Authority carries out an in-depth investigation into the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the markets for basic food commodities Free
Hellenic Competition Authority (Athens)
In-depth investigation into the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the markets for basic food commodities * The Hellenic Competition Commission ("HCC"), acting within its powers, systematically investigates and monitors financial data for various sectors, in particular relating to basic consumer (...)

The Indian Competition Authority identifies cartels but does not impose any penalty amidst the COVID-19 pandemic (South Eastern Railway / Hindustan Composites) Free
Nirma University (Ahmedabad)
The Indian antitrust watchdog has changed its modus operandi in the ensuing pandemic, by taking a softer stance on cartel-like behaviour in the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector. In July 2020, the Competition Commission of India (‘Commission’), while proving the existence of a (...)

The Indian Competition Authority imposes a cease and desist on multiple rail companies guilty for cartelization but avoids fining due to companies’ size and the economic impact of COVID-19 (Chief Materials Manager, South Eastern Railway / Hindustan Composites) Free
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
Following references by procurement officials of a number of railway companies, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) found that 10 suppliers of composite brake blocks had, at least from 2009 to 2017, engaged in cartelization, by means of directly or indirectly determining prices, (...)

The Australian Competition Authority allows public and private competing hospitals to continue cooperating in response to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
Private and public hospitals can continue cooperating on COVID-19* Private and public hospital operators, along with government health authorities in each Australian state and territory, will be able to continue working with each other in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, under the ACCC’s (...)

The EU Commission announces the relaxation of competition rules for wine producers due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
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Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
EU wine producers can now benefit from a temporary relaxation in competition rules* The European wine sector has been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to statistics from the European Commission (EC), there has been a 30% reduction in the volume of wine sold and a 50% drop (...)

The Italian Competition Authority reports to Parliament and the Government on the Relaunch Decree related to COVID-19 Free
Italian Competition Authority (Rome)
S3940 - ICA: report to Parliament and the Government on Relaunch Decree issues At the meeting held on the 1st July 2020, the Authority resolved, pursuant to article 21 of Italian Law no. 287/1990, to report certain provisions of Italian Decree Law no. 34 of 19 May 2020 on Urgent measures (...)

The Brazilian Competition Authority publishes general guidelines for competitor collaborations allowed during the COVID-19 crisis Free
Caminati Bueno Advogados (São Paulo)
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Caminati Bueno Advogados (São Paulo)
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Caminati Bueno Advogados (São Paulo)
On July 6th , the Brazilian Antitrust Authority (CADE) published the so-called “Provisional Informative Note” to guide the economic agents on the collaboration between companies to fight the Covid-19 crisis. The document (available here), awaited by the antitrust community, sets out general (...)

The Irish Competition Authority warns businesses must act independently when setting prices during the re-opening phase of COVID-19 Free
Irish Competition Authority (Dublin)
CCPC warns businesses must act independently when setting prices during reopening phase* CCPC engages with trade associations following public statements to warn against co-ordination Any new prices & charges must adhere to competition and consumer protection law Consumers are entitled to (...)

The Polish Government adopts legislation under which transactions involving Polish companies and non-EEA investors would be subject to a new clearance obligation Free
Bird & Bird (Warsaw)
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Bird & Bird (Warsaw)
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the looming economic crisis, Poland is currently adopting legislation, under which transactions involving certain Polish companies and non-EEA investors would be subject to a new clearance obligation. This legislation also temporarily adopts the FDI Screening (...)

The Polish Government amends the national foreign investments control scheme and obliges investors from outside the EEA or from non-OECD countries to notify their transaction
Hansberry Tomkiel (Warsaw)
LEAD: Pursuant to the recently amended Polish rules on the control of investments, the Polish Competition Authority (UOKiK) is empowered to review intended investments in Polish companies by investors who are: i) from outside of the European Economic Area, or ii) from non-OECD countries. Such (...)

Cooperation & COVID-19: The EU Temporary Framework & national cooperation exemptions
Charles Russell Speechlys (London)
The onset of the Coronavirus crisis has created higher-than-normal demands for certain medical and certain non-medical related goods and services. The fast moving situation makes it difficult for businesses and customers to predict demand levels and ensure they have the capacity to service (...)

The Romanian Competition Authority recommends that retailers affected by COVID-19 can negotiate their rental agreements as a group through intermediaries to avoid breaking competition law in the process Free
Romanian Competition Council (Bucharest)
The Competition Council Makes Recommendations in the Context of Reopening the Shopping Centres* The Competition Council recommends those companies that have rented commercial spaces in shopping centres to independently negotiate their contractual conditions with the owners/administrators of (...)

The Australian Competition Authority proposes to allow insurance companies and brokers to continue cooperation on COVID-19 temporary relief measures for certain small businesses Free
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
Insurers to be authorised to continue relief measures for small businesses* The ACCC is proposing to allow insurance companies and brokers to continue coordination and implementation of temporary COVID-19 relief measures for certain small businesses. The authorisation will apply to Suncorp, (...)

The Brazilian Competition Authority authorises temporary collaboration due to COVID-19 among competitors distributing consumer goods such as beverages, food, personal and domestic care products to small and medium retailers (Movimento Nós) Free
Brazilian Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) (Brasilia)
Cade authorizes collaboration among Ambev, BRF, Coca-Cola, Mondelez, Nestlé and Pepsico due to the new coronavirus crisis* Exceptional measure aims to minimize the effects of the crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic The Administrative Council for Economic Defense (Cade) recently decided to (...)

The Brazilian Competition Authority authorises competitor collaboration to assist the recovery of small retailers of beverages, food and personal and domestic care products against the economic effects of COVID-19 (Movimento Nós) Free
Caminati Bueno Advogados (São Paulo)
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Caminati Bueno Advogados (São Paulo)
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Caminati Bueno Advogados (São Paulo)
In an Extraordinary Judgment Session held on May 28th, the Tribunal of the Brazilian Antitrust Authority (Cade) ratified a decision of its General Superintendence and authorized a collaboration among a group of companies (including competitors) - Ambev, BRF, Coca-Cola, Mondelez, Nestlé and (...)

The Spanish Competition Authority receives over 500 complaints and inquiries in the mailbox set up specifically for individuals and companies during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Spanish Competition Authority (Madrid)
The CNMC receives over 500 complaints and inquiries through the mailbox set up during the Covid-19 crisis* The CNMC receives over 500 complaints and inquiries through the mailbox set up during the Covid-19 crisis The financial sector (45%) and the health products and food sector (30%) (...)

The Italian Competition Authority approves a distribution scheme allowing disposable surgical masks to be sold in pharmacies and health retail outlets as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 1 June 2020, the Italian competition authority (“L’Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato”) authorised a scheme that would allow disposable surgical masks to be distributed and sold in pharmacies and health product retail outlets (see, attached press release). It did so at the request (...)

The Italian Competition Authority approves a joint purchasing agreement of surgical masks via pharmacies and drugstores pursuant to its temporary rules on cooperation between companies during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Ashurst (Milan)
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Ashurst (Brussels)
On 1 June 2020, the Italian Competition Authority ("ICA") approved a joint purchasing agreement of surgical masks via pharmacies/drugstores and a moratorium scheme on loan repayments agreed within ASSOFIN (the Italian Association of Consumer Credit and Mortgage Lending) pursuant to its (...)

The Indian Competition Authority holds a roundup covering the main developments of the past two months
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
Indian Competition Law Roundup: April-May 2020* In this Roundup, we highlight the main developments in Indian competition law in April and May 2020. The COVID-19 Response The CCI is Open for Business As stated in our April update on ‘Indian Competition Law and COVID-19’, the Competition (...)

The German Government adopts an amendment to act against restraints of competition to mitigate the consequences of COVID-19 pandemic on competition law enforcement Free
Court of First Instance of Namur (Namur)
On 28 May 2020, an amendment to the Act against Restraints of Competition which aims at mitigating the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on competition law enforcement was published in the Federal Gazette. The amendment adjusts the law with regard to two specific provisions where companies (...)

The New Zealand Competition Authority releases guidelines on anticompetitive agreements temporarily allowed due to COVID-19 Free
New Zealand Commerce Commission (Wellington)
Commission releases guidelines on approach to authorisations after law change* The Commerce Commission has released guidelines on its approach to authorisation of some agreements as a result of temporary changes made to the Commerce Act under the COVID-19 Response (Further Management Measures) (...)

The Dutch Competition Authority allows hospitals and pharmaceutical wholesalers to collaborate during COVID-19 outbreak to prevent or reduce any shortages of essential drugs Free
Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (The Hague)
ACM: room for collaboration involving the distribution of essential drugs for COVID-19 patients* Hospitals, hospital pharmacies, and pharmaceutical wholesalers are allowed to collaborate closely with each other during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in order to prevent or reduce (...)

The OECD issues note on co-operation between competitors in the time of COVID-19 Free
OECD - Competition Division (Paris)
In the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 crisis, there are a number of reasons that may push competing companies to collaborate with one another and a number of ways in which consumers and the economy may benefit from these collaborations. This note examines some typical situations (...)

The OECD issues note on competition and emergency procurement during COVID-19 Free
OECD - Competition Division (Paris)
Health concerns, confinement measures and border closures adopted in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis have caused severe disruption in the supply and distribution chain of goods, works and services that the public sector needs. At the same time, public buyers around the world need some goods (...)

The Portuguese Competition Authority imposes on the national football league a precautionary measure to suspend its no-poaching agreement, invoking issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (Portuguese Professional Football League) Free
Portuguese Competition Authority (Lisbon)
Covid - 19: AdC imposes precautionary measure on the Portuguese Football League that suspends no-poach agreement* The AdC ordered the Portuguese Professional Football League (LPFP in Portuguese) to immediately suspend the no-poach agreement, an agreement to not recruit or hire another clubs’ (...)

The Portuguese Competition Authority issues guidance aimed at three business associations in the pharmaceutical and financial sectors to reaffirm the need to apply competition rules during the COVID-19 pandemic (National Association of Pharmacies / Portuguese Banking Association / Association of Specialized Credit Institutions) Free
Portuguese Competition Authority (Lisbon)
Covid-19: AdC warns associations of the need to comply with competition rules* The Competition Authority (AdC) issued guidance aimed at three business associations in the pharmaceutical and financial sectors, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, reaffirming the need to apply competition (...)

The US DoJ allows collaboration among the nation’s leading hog farmers to address meat shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (National Pork Producers Council) Free
US Department of Justice - Antitrust Division (Washington)
Department of Justice Supports National Pork Producers Council’s Ability to Combat Meat Shortage* The Department of Justice (Department) issued a letter to today to the National Pork Producers Council, the nation’s leading association of hog farmers, to address its proposed responses to (...)

The US DoJ announces its first approval of a COVID-19 competitor collaboration which is not involving medical supplies Free
Robins Kaplan (New York)
DOJ Signs Off On First COVID-Related Competitor Collaboration Not Involving Medical Supplies* On May 15, 2020, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice announced its first approval of a COVID-19 competitor collaboration that does not involve equipment or medications directly related (...)

The Turkish Competition Authority initiates its first pandemic related investigation against 29 undertakings operating in the different levels of food and cleaning/hygiene products market and announces that it will investigate the pricing behaviours Free
ACTECON (Istanbul)
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ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law (Istanbul)
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Esin (Istanbul)
The Turkish Competition Authority (“TCA”) on March 23, 2020 gave its heads up to undertakings that it was “closely following the price increases”, which it referred to as “opportunistic” during the pandemic . As such, the TCA warned in its announcement that it will impose the highest fines allowed by (...)

The OECD reports on foreign direct investment flow regulation in EU member states during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Addleshaw Goddard (London)
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Addleshaw Goddard (London)
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Addleshaw Goddard (London)
UK FDI Hub: COVID-19 and foreign direct investment regulation* Introduction The OECD reports that even if economies begin recovering in the second half of the year, foreign direct investment (FDI) flows are expected to fall more than 30% in 2020 from 2019 levels, as a result of the policy (...)

The EU Commission announces the adoption of exceptional derogations from EU competition rules to allow certain types of cooperation in the agri-food industry during the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Morgan Lewis (London)
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Morgan Lewis (London)
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Morgan Lewis (London)
The European Commission (EC) on May 4 announced the adoption of exceptional derogations from EU competition rules to allow certain types of cooperation in the following sectors: milk and milk products, potatoes, and live plants and flowers, as part of a wider package to support the agri-food (...)

The New Zealand Competition Authority issues guidance on business collaboration during COVID-19 Free
New Zealand Commerce Commission (Wellington)
COVID-19: Commission issues guidance on business collaboration* The Commerce Commission has issued guidance on how it is assessing business collaborations that are being entered into in response to COVID-19. Commission Chair Anna Rawlings said the guidance aims to provide clarity and (...)

The UK Parliament adopts a dairy produce order which aims at relaxing UK competition law on certain aspects of cooperation between dairy suppliers and service producers to deal with the issues in the supply chain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Morgan Lewis (London)
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Morgan Lewis (London)
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Morgan Lewis (London)
The UK Parliament on May 1 adopted the Dairy Produce Order, which temporarily relaxes the application of UK competition law to certain types of cooperation between either dairy produce suppliers or logistic service providers to address issues in the supply chain caused by the ongoing (...)

The UK Government’s dairy produce order which relaxes the application of competition law in the dairy sector during COVID-19 pandemic has expired Free
Morgan Lewis (London)
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Morgan Lewis (London)
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Morgan Lewis (London)
The UK government’s Dairy Produce Order of May 1, 2020, which temporarily relaxed the application of UK competition law to certain types of cooperation in the dairy sector between dairy produce suppliers or dairy logistic service providers during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, (...)

The Australian Competition Authority grants three months exemptions to financial services providers who are required to share product reference data by a set date, due to the impact of COVID-19 Free
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
TEMPORARY EXEMPTIONS UNDER CONSUMER DATA RIGHT* Three-month exemptions have been granted to financial services providers required to share product reference data by 1 July 2020, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The temporary exemptions under the Consumer Data Right, until 1 (...)

The Italian Competition Authority releases a notice on cooperation agreements between businesses with special emphasis on the pharmaceutical, agri-food and health sector within the framework of the COVID-19 emergency Free
Italian Competition Authority (Rome)
ICA: Notice on cooperation agreements between businesses within the framework of the coronavirus emergency* Following the crisis caused by the spread of COVID-19 and the needs of the production system to cope with it, the Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (Italian Competition (...)

The Australian Competition Authority grants conditional interim authorisation to two supermarket undertakings to co-operate on their store opening times in light of the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
7-ELEVEN AND FRANCHISEES AUTHORISED TO CO-OPERATE ON STORE OPENING TIMES* 7-Eleven and its franchisees have been granted conditional interim authorisation to discuss potential temporary store closures or reduced trading hours in light of reduced customer demand because of COVID-19 (...)

The Australian Competition Authority grants interim authorisation for mining companies to co-operate with members of the minerals council to work together in order to manage critical services and supplies as a response to the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
MINING COMPANIES ALLOWED TO CO-OPERATE DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC* Members of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) and other mining associations will be able to work together to manage critical services and supplies during the COVID 19 pandemic, after the ACCC granted interim authorisation (...)

The Australian Competition Authority grants interim authorisation allowing retailers to collectively bargain with landlords about rent relief during the current COVID-19 outbreak Free
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
RETAILERS GRANTED AUTHORISATION TO COLLECTIVELY NEGOTIATE WITH LANDLORDS* The ACCC has granted interim authorisation allowing retailers to collectively bargain with landlords about rent relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. The interim authorisation, granted to the Australian Retailers (...)

The French Competition Authority clarifies the options of a professional association for dealing with its members’ rent during the COVID-19 pandemic (Rassemblement des Opticiens de France) Free
French Competition Authority (Paris)
The Autorité clarifies the options of a professional association for dealing with its members’ rent during the COVID-19 pandemic* In brief A professional association representing opticians (Rassemblement des Opticiens de France, hereinafter “ROF”) contacted the Autorité because it seeks to aid its (...)

The German Competition Authority discontinues its administrative proceeding against 2 TV broadcasters who secured exclusive rights to champions league broadcast because of new market entrants and the unpredictability of football season due to COVID-19 (Sky / DAZN) Free
German Competition Authority (Bonn)
Proceeding against Sky and DAZN discontinued – Award procedure relating to Champions League broadcasting rights* Today, the Bundeskartellamt discontinued its proceeding against Sky Ltd., London, and DAZN Group Ltd., London, for discretionary reasons; the proceeding had been conducted due to (...)

The Lithuanian Competition Authority opens investigation into a suspected anticompetitive agreement among national basketball league and individual basketball clubs and warns similar agreements are not justified by the COVID-19 health emergency (Lithuanian Basketball League) Free
Lithuanian Competition Authority (Vilnius)
KONKURENCIJOS TARYBA LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO SUSPECTED ANTI-COMPETITIVE AGREEMENT AMONG LITHUANIAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE AND BASKETBALL CLUBS* The Lithuanian competition authority Konkurencijos taryba has launched an investigation into a suspected anti-competitive agreement among the (...)

The US FTC and DoJ publish a joint statement in order to protect employers, staffing companies, recruiters and others against anticompetitive conduct in the labor markets during the COVID-19 crisis Free
Weil, Gotshal & Manges (Washington)
Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department Issue Joint Statement on COVID-19 and Competition in U.S. Labor Markets* As individuals across the country are working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic as essential service providers, the federal antitrust regulators announced that (...)

The US DoJ and FTC issue a joint antitrust statement regarding COVID-19 and competition in labor markets and recognise that firms may need to cooperate in unprecedented ways to respond to the pandemic Free
McDermott Will & Emery (Chicago)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Chicago)
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed additional stressors on labor markets, particularly for healthcare workers and essential employees. While recognizing that employers, recruiters and staffing agencies may need—and be allowed to—cooperate in unprecedented ways to address current needs, on April 13, (...)

The US antitrust enforcers warn of continued action against collusive conduct impacting workers in US labour markets during the pandemic Free
Covington & Burling (Palo Alto)
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Covington & Burling (Washington)
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Covington & Burling (Washington)
The Department of Justice Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition issued another reminder yesterday that the COVID-19 pandemic does not exempt companies from complying with federal antitrust laws. The agencies’ latest statement focuses on the labor force and (...)

The US DoJ publishes a business review letter to pharmaceutical and medical distributors in order to provide insights into the antitrust enforcer’s views on competitor collaborations and to improve product access to fight the COVID-19 pandemic Free
McDermott Will & Emery (Chicago)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Chicago)
A recent business review letter issued by the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division to five pharmaceutical and medical/surgical distributors offers insights into the antitrust enforcers’ views on competitor collaborations aimed at improving product access to respond to the Coronavirus (...)

Collaboration among competitors & COVID-19: The impact on EU and national case laws Free
McDermott Will & Emery (Dusseldorf)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Brussels)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Dusseldorf)
The first case of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) was confirmed in late 2019, and a pandemic was declared by the World Health Organisation in March 2020. Following this declaration, governments worldwide have taken extraordinary measures to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Measures are (...)

The Australian Competition Authority grants interim authorisation for members of the Australian Securitisation Forum to work together and help small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis Free
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
Co-operation on funding to aid smaller lenders during COVID-19* The ACCC has granted interim authorisation for members of the Australian Securitisation Forum (ASF) to work together to assist smaller lenders to maintain liquidity and issue loans to consumers and small businesses during the (...)

The EU Commission publishes its first comfort letter to foster cooperation among businesses in the pharmaceutical sector during COVID-19 pandemic Free
Morgan Lewis (London)
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Morgan Lewis (Brussels)
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Morgan Lewis (Brussels)
The European Commission published its first comfort letter in nearly 20 years on April 29, in an effort to foster cooperation among businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Here is what companies should know about the specific practices permitted under the comfort letter, as well (...)

The EU Commission publishes a Temporary Framework to guide cooperation between companies to ensure the supply and distribution of essential products during the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Hogan Lovells (Milan)
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Hogan Lovells (Paris)
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Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
The European Commission has published a Temporary Framework Communication to provide guidance to companies that are cooperating to ensure the supply and distribution of essential products – including medicines and medical equipment – during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Communication sets out the (...)

The EU Commission increases leeway for cooperation between pharma and medical equipment companies during the COVID-19 crisis Free
Bird & Bird (Belgium)
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Bird & Bird (Copenhagen)
Competition rules are aimed at safeguarding healthy competition between companies. For more than half a century the EU and its Member States have vigorously defended effective competition by pursuing and sanctioning anti-competitive agreements and abuses of dominant positions. The pharma sector (...)

The EU Commission publishes a Temporary Framework for assessing antitrust issues relating to business cooperation as a response to the urgency stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Herbert Smith Freehills (Brussels)
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Herbert Smith Freehills (London)
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Herbert Smith Freehills (London)
On 8 April 2020 the Commission published a ‘Temporary framework for assessing antitrust issues related to business cooperation in response to situations of urgency stemming from the current COVID-19 outbreak’ (Temporary Framework). The Commission recognises the exceptional challenges faced by (...)

The EU Commission issues a Temporary Framework Communication on allowing limited cooperation among businesses, and a comfort letter especially for critical hospital medicines during the COVID-19 outbreak Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
Antitrust: Commission provides guidance on allowing limited cooperation among businesses, especially for critical hospital medicines during the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has published a Temporary Framework Communication to provide antitrust guidance to companies cooperating (...)

The Canadian Competition Authority publishes a statement which allows businesses to collaborate during the COVID-19 crisis Free
McMillan (Toronto)
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McMillan (Toronto)
Need to Collaborate with Competitors to Respond to the COVID Crisis? Competition Bureau is Ready to Provide Guidance* Last week, we wrote to encourage the Canadian Competition Bureau to follow the examples of the US and EU antitrust authorities and provide timely guidance with respect to (...)

The EU Commission publishes a temporary framework communication to provide antitrust guidance to companies cooperating in response to urgent situations related to COVID-19 pandemic Free
Ashurst (London)
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Ashurst (London)
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Ashurst (Brussels)
On 8 April 2020, the European Commission ("Commission") published a Temporary Framework Communication ("Communication") to provide antitrust guidance to companies cooperating in response to urgent situations related to the Covid-19 outbreak. The Commission also announced that it issued a (...)

The Australian Competition Authority grants conditional interim authorisation for medicine manufacturers to coordinate on COVID-19 response Free
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
Medicine manufacturers to coordinate on COVID-19 response* The ACCC has granted conditional interim authorisation for Medicines Australia (MA), the Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Association (GBMA) and their members to work together to support the continued supply of essential medicines (...)

The Mexican Competition Authority clarifies which agreements between competitors will be allowed during COVID-19 Free
Mexican Competition Authority (Mexico City)
Answers related to COFECE’s Press Release 012-2020* The press release states: “Agreements between competitors breach the Federal Economic Competition Law and are investigated and sanctioned when their purpose or effect is manipulating prices, allocating the market, and/or restricting the supply (...)

The Bulgarian Competition Authority announces it will focus on allowing and monitoring collaborations among competitors in the markets for public health products and pharmaceuticals as well as food and commerce important for fighting the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Bulgarian Commission for the Protection of Competition (Sofia)
Message by the CPC on the application of antitrust rules in the state of emergency situation concerning COVID-19* The Commission for protection of competition supports the joint position of the European Commission and the national competition authorities within the European Competition Network (...)

The Italian Competition Authority launches an investigation and opens sub-proceedings for potentially ordering interim measures against two companies providing products for the prevention of contagion of the COVID-19 to consumers resident in Europe (ContextLogic / Wish) Free
Italian Competition Authority (Rome)
PS11734 - ANTITRUST: PROCEEDINGS INITIATED AGAINST THE WWW.WISH.COM PLATFORM* On 31 March, the Authority launched an investigation and opened a sub-proceedings for ordering, if necessary, an interim measure against ContextLogic Inc, the US company that owns the www.wish.com platform and its (...)

The Mexican Competition Authority warns the National Association of Real Estate Developers to avoid possible agreements between competitors during the COVID-19 pandemic (ADI Mexico) Free
Mexican Competition Authority (Mexico City)
COFECE warns the National Association of Real Estate Developers to avoid possible agreements between competitors in this market* The Association has promoted among its members the granting of discounts to tenants, which could infringe the LFCE if these discounts are established or fixed (...)

The Mexican Competition Authority warns the National Chamber of the Sugar and Alcohol Industry that increases in alcohol prices may be caused by anticompetitive agreements between economic agents which is especially problematic with increased demand for pure alcohol products by healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Mexican Competition Authority (Mexico City)
COFECE warns the National Chamber of the Sugar and Alcohol Industry that increases in alcohol prices, alcohol products and other inputs for its production, may be caused by agreements between economic agents* Prices established by each producer of alcohol and the inputs required for its (...)

The Lithuanian Competition Authority invites competing businesses planning to cooperate during the COVID-19 pandemic to contact the Authority and the EU Commission for guidance about their cooperation intentions Free
Lithuanian Competition Authority (Vilnius)
European Commission and EU competition authorities encourage companies to seek guidance on cooperation initiatives* Businesses are currently facing particular challenges due to the coronavirus crisis, which may encourage companies to cooperate with each other in order to overcome the negative (...)

The UK Government temporarily suspends competition law to allow ferry operators to the Isle of Wight to cooperate on routes and flow of goods during the COVID-19 outbreak Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
Government to suspend competition law to support Isle of Wight ferry routes* Competition law to be temporarily suspended to allow ferry operators to maintain a crucial lifeline between the island and the mainland. Business Secretary to waive competition law for vital Isle of Wight crossings (...)

The Australian Competition Authority announces a re-focus of its 2020 compliance and enforcement priorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Bird & Bird (Sydney)
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Bird & Bird (Sydney)
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Bird & Bird (Sydney)
Due to the rapidly changing global landscape, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission announced on 27 March 2020 a "re-focus" of its 2020 Compliance and Enforcement Priorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While it has not explicitly revoked its existing priorities, which we (...)

The UK Secretary of State announces temporary competition law arrangements in the groceries sector Free
RPC (London)
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RPC (London)
COVID-19 - The Groceries Sector: Temporary Competition Law Exemption Comes into Force* In light of "exceptional and compelling reasons of public policy" arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, the Secretary of State (the "SoS") has announced temporary competition law arrangements in the groceries (...)

The UK Government publishes an order that excludes certain arrangements in the healthcare sector from the Competition Act to tackle COVID-19 pressures Free
Hill Dickinson (Leeds)
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Hill Dickinson (London)
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Hill Dickinson (Leeds)
Healthcare providers - suspension of competition law provisions to tackle coronavirus pressures* To ensure that healthcare providers can work together effectively to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, an order has been made to exclude certain arrangements within the healthcare sector from (...)

The Mexican Competition Authority issues hollow guidance on the application of the Mexican antitrust statute during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
White & Case (Mexico)
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White & Case (Mexico)
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White & Case (Mexico)
On March 27, the Mexican Antitrust Commission (“COFECE”) issued a statement regarding the application of the Mexican Antitrust Statute during the coronavirus pandemic (“Statement”). Summary of the Statement With the Statement, COFECE attempted to provide guidance on the following practices in the (...)

Competition policy & COVID-19: An overview of antitrust agencies’ responses Free
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
The COVID-19 pandemic creates unprecedented issues for businesses and the global economy as a whole. The antitrust community is at the early stages of reacting to the situation: agency staff are working hard to keep the wheels on their existing workload, while taking steps to alleviate (...)

The UK Competition Authority issues guidance on business cooperation during the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Morgan Lewis (London)
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Morgan Lewis (London)
New guidance from UK Competition and Markets Authority allows coordination between businesses in certain circumstances, such as to avoid shortages, protect the public interest, and safeguard health, amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, the guidance also underscores that the UK (...)

The EU Commission issues guidance on the screening of foreign direct investments in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (London)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Paris)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (London)
In a March 25, 2020 communication, the European Commission (“EC”) issued guidance on the screening of foreign direct investments (“FDI”) in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The communication identifies an increased risk of attempts by non-EU acquirers to obtain control over suppliers of (...)

The UK Competition Authority lays its guidances of approach to business cooperation in response to COVID-19 outbreak Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
Introduction The focus of the CMA in the next few months will be to protect UK consumers from the adverse consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic to the greatest extent possible. The CMA is conscious of concerns that competition law enforcement could impede necessary cooperation between (...)

The EU Commission issues guidance to EU Member states concerning foreign direct investment during the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Hogan Lovells (London)
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Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
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Hogan Lovells (London)
The disruption linked to COVID-19 already affects the global economy significantly, including M&A transactions in Europe and across the globe. On the regulatory side, many deals face challenges caused by national authorities’ reduced capacities, while some authorities struggle to uphold (...)

The UK Competition Authority publishes guidance on cooperation between businesses especially grocers during the COVID-19 crisis Free
Bristows (London)
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Bristows (London)
COVID-19: The UK Government’s temporary relaxation of competition law for grocers* On 19 March 2020, the UK Government announced that it would be temporarily waiving certain competition laws in order to allow grocers to coordinate their responses to supply issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. (...)

The US DoJ and FTC jointly announce an expedited process to review proposed competitor collaborations specifically related to COVID-19 Free
Dechert (Washington)
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Dechert (Washington)
Efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic or to respond to related supply shocks or other collateral consequences may give companies reason to collaborate with competitors in ways that could benefit the public, but which involve antitrust risk. In order to facilitate procompetitive (...)

The US DoJ and FTC announce their aim to respond within one week to COVID-19 collaborative proposals submitted following the agencies’ respective processes Free
Morgan Lewis (Washington)
The US Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice have announced that they aim to respond within one week to coronavirus (COVID-19) collaborative proposals submitted pursuant to the agencies’ respective processes. In a joint statement issued March 24, (...)

The US DoJ and FTC issue a joint statement detailing antitrust procedures and providing guidance for collaborations of businesses that work to protect the health and safety during the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Sheppard Mullin (Washington)
On Tuesday, March 24, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a joint statement “detailing an expedited antitrust procedure and providing guidance for collaborations of businesses working to protect the health and safety of Americans during the COVID-19 (...)

The Finnish Competition Authority announces it will not apply the Competition Act to cooperations between undertakings needed to ensure an adequate supply of goods to consumers during COVID-19 pandemic Free
Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (Helsinki)
Exceptional circumstances caused by the coronavirus to affect the application of the Finnish Competition Act* The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) will take into account the exceptional circumstances caused by the coronavirus when applying the Competition Act. During (...)

The Danish Competition Authority reminds companies that competition law remains in force and will be enforced during the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Gorrissen Federspiel (Copenhagen)
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Gorrissen Federspiel (Copenhagen)
As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across Denmark, merger control has come to a temporary standstill and significant parts of the country’s public administration have already been shut down for three weeks; however, the Danish competition authorities are adamant that competition law remains in (...)

The Portuguese Competition Authority follows the European Competition Network and announces a tolerance policy for cooperation between undertakings during the COVID-19 crisis Free
Vieira de Almeida (Lisbon)
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Vieira de Almeida (Lisbon)
Coronavirus | Portugal- Impact on the enforcement of competition law* Do national and EU rules on competition law remain in force, during the period of crisis caused by the COVID-19 outbreak? Competition law rules remain in force, there have been no national or EU legislative measure ordering (...)

The New Zealand Government asks the Competition Authority to allow cooperation among businesses necessary to provide grocery products and other essential goods to consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
New Zealand Commerce Commission (Wellington)
Government statement on commercial cooperation during COVID-19 The Government has asked the Commerce Commission to take account of the exceptional circumstances created by COVID-19 when monitoring business behaviour in coming weeks. “The purpose of my request to the Commerce Commission is to (...)

The Canadian Competition Authority is scrutinising competition law compliance and companies taking advantage of consumers by engaging in price fixing and misleading claims about products during the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Cassels Brock (Toronto)
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Cassels Brock (Toronto)
The Competition Bureau is watching for evidence of companies taking advantage of consumers by making false or misleading claims about a product’s ability to combat COVID-19 or engaging in price fixing, the Commissioner of Competition warned in a recent statement. The Commissioner added that (...)

The Australian Competition Authority allows banks to cooperate on a small business relief package in the face of COVID-19 outbreak Free
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
Australian Banking Association small business relief package* The ACCC has provided urgent interim authorisation to allow the Australian Banking Association (ABA) and banks to work together to implement a small business relief package. The package will allow for the deferral of principal and (...)

The Hong Kong Competition Authority takes textbook cartel case to Competition Tribunal for price-fixing during the COVID-19 pandemic (T.H. Lee Book Company / Commercial Press / Sino United Publishing / Mr. Hui) Free
Hong Kong Competition Commission
Competition Commission takes Textbook cartel case to Competition Tribunal* The Competition Commission (“Commission”) has today commenced proceedings in the Competition Tribunal (“Tribunal”) against three companies, namely T.H. Lee Book Company Limited, Commercial Press (Hong Kong) Limited and Sino (...)

The Australian Competition Authority provides interim authorisation to allow the Australian Banking Association and banks to work together Free
Minter Ellison (Melbourne)
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Minter Ellison (Melbourne)
There is no automatic ’public interest’ exemption to our competition law, although there are effective and timely mechanisms that can be used to ensure legal protection for business and their staff in implementing COVID-19 responses. Our team outlines key considerations and options for managing (...)

The Romanian Competition Authority sets down guidelines on business practices for companies during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
CMS (Romania)
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CMS (Romania)
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CMS (Romania)
The Romanian Competition Council (RCC) has just set down guidelines on business practices for companies during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the competition watchdog acknowledges that companies should take certain protective measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (e.g. reduce (...)

The UK Government announces measures to allow supermarkets to work together to feed the nation during the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Morgan Lewis (London)
The UK government announced on March 19 that as part of a package of measures to allow supermarkets to work together to feed the nation during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, elements of competition law will be temporarily relaxed for the food sector. Authorities, however, stressed that (...)

The South African Government grants block exemptions to the healthcare sector to combat the spread of the COVID-19 Free
Fasken (Johannesburg)
Acting swiftly to try to contain the spread of Covid-19 in South Africa, on 15 March 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a National State of Disaster. Now the government has gone further - on 19 March 2020 regulations issued by the Minister of Trade and Industry (the "Regulations") were (...)

The UK Government and the Competition Authority adopt two recent measures against shortages and high prices during the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Greenberg Traurig (London)
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Greenberg Traurig (London)
The rapid spread of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom and the measures being implemented to counter the disease have resulted in an unprecedented surge of consumer demand for groceries and other essential supplies. Safeguarding consumers against shortages and high prices is at the heart of two (...)

The UK Government and the Competition Authority announce they will formally waive UK competition law for a limited period to allow supermarket retailers to share data on stock levels Free
McGuireWoods (London)
All companies are scrambling to respond to the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and in various sectors cooperation between competitors is seen as part of the solution. However, cooperation — or in some cases contact or information exchange — between competitors potentially raises (...)

The South African Minister of Trade and Industry issues regulations to curb the spread of panic buying and price hikes amidst COVID-19 fears Free
Fasken (Johannesburg)
South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa declared a National State of Disaster on 15 March 2020 in a proactive attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19. In line with this proactive response to the global pandemic, on Thursday 19 March 2020 the Minister of Trade and Industry (the "Minister"), Mr (...)

The Caledonian Competition Authority announces pursue competition law enforcement in the context of Covid-19 pandemic Free
University of Grenoble Alpes
I) Introduction The coronavirus pandemic has and will have a huge impact on our economy. Undoubtedly, we face the worst crisis in our recent history. A major consequence is serious financial distress for a myriad of undertakings. A phenomenal number of companies are already close to (...)

The EU Commission vets public statements of Eurocommerce for the non-food retailers to take measures against the major crisis due to COVID-19 Free
Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
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Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
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Hogan Lovells (Milan)
In the world of COVID-19, companies must not quarantine competition law compliance. Competition law will not be at the top of companies’ agendas today. COVID-19 presents companies with many challenges. Companies will be looking for whatever solutions they can find to deal with this crisis. But (...)

The Dutch Competition Authority closely monitors the economic developments raising from COVID-19 and is ready to answer any questions about collaborations that companies wish to launch to combat the crisis Free
Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (The Hague)
ACM’s oversight during the Coronavirus crisis* The current Coronavirus outbreak has far-reaching effects on people and businesses. These are extraordinary times. ACM is closely monitoring economic developments, and is ready to answer any questions about collaborations that companies wish to (...)

The Spanish Government publishes an amendment clarifying the reform of the foreign direct investment screening regime following the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Callol, Coca & Asociados (Madrid)
Royal Decree-Law 8/2020, of 17 March, of urgent exceptional measures to face the social and economic impact of COVID-19 (RDL 8/2020), put in place ad hoc public spending, employment measures and set up a new foreign direct investment (FDI) regime applicable to critical infrastructures, (...)

The Italian Competition Authority initiates a proceeding against the sale of a generic drug for the treatment of HIV infections sold as a remedy to fight the COVID-19 virus (Kaletra) Free
University of Turin (Turin)
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University of Turin (Turin)
1.Introduction The spread of the Covid-19 pandemic is unfortunately accompanied by the equally rapid one of unfair commercial practices in Italy. A worrying scenario, also for potential, serious effects on people’s health, on which the Italian Competition Authority (‘ICA’) continues to keep the (...)

The Portuguese Competition Authority warns all market participants that it will continue to stay vigilant against anticompetitive practices that exploit the special situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Portuguese Competition Authority (Lisbon)
AdC assures vigilance of anticompetitive practices that exploit current situation* In times of great collective effort, the AdC wishes to assure that it remains particularly vigilant in its mission. This includes the detection of possible anticompetitive practices that exploit the current (...)

The Luxembourg Competition Authority declares that companies’ liability will not decrease during the COVID-19 crisis Free
Luxembourg Competition Council (Liège)
Coronavirus: the liability of undertakings does not decrease* As the administrative authority responsible for the proper functioning of markets, the Competition Council wants to ensure that companies do not abuse the current situation to the detriment of consumers or their competitors. (...)

The US DoJ publishes a statement cautioning that the antitrust laws remain in effect and agreements among competitors that set commercial terms may be illegal Free
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (New York)
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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Brussels)
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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Washington DC)
Antitrust-Related Considerations Collaborations With Competitors Companies seeking to collaborate with competitors in response to the COVID-19 crisis must keep in mind, as the Department of Justice has recently cautioned, that the antitrust laws remain in effect, and agreements among (...)

The US DoJ warns businesses against price fixing, bid rigging and market sharing in the manufacturing or the distribution as well as the sale of public health products in the face of COVID-19 outbreak Free
US Department of Justice - Antitrust Division (Washington)
Justice Department Cautions Business Community Against Violating Antitrust Laws in the Manufacturing, Distribution, and Sale of Public Health Products* The Department of Justice today announced its intention to hold accountable anyone who violates the antitrust laws of the United States in (...)

The US DoJ reiterates its focus on prosecuting violations of antitrust laws in areas affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and the criminal prosecution that can be faced Free
McDermott Will & Emery (Chicago)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Chicago)
The potential for government investigation increases during periods of rapid and extreme movement in price. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) recently reiterated its focus on prosecuting violations of antitrust laws, especially in areas affected by the coronavirus outbreak. On March 9, 2020, (...)

The Californian Attorney General as well as other national jurisdiction’s Attorneys Generals announce their intent to take action against unfair "price gouging" and the US DOJ focuses on public health products during the COVID-19 situation Free
Paul Weiss (New York)
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Paul Weiss (New York)
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Paul Weiss (Washington)
State AGs Respond to COVID-19-Related “Price Gouging” and DOJ Antitrust Enforcement to Focus on Public Health Products* The outbreak and continued spread of a new strain of coronavirus, COVID-19, has led to surging demand for, and in some cases shortages in the supply of, a wide variety of (...)

The US Washington State Attorney General announces a price gouging investigation in the wake of COVID-19 public health emergency Free
Office of the Attorney General - Washington State
AG FERGUSON STATEMENT ON PRICE GOUGING IN PUBLIC-HEALTH EMERGENCY* SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson offers the following statement: “My office is investigating price gouging in the wake of the COVID-19 public health emergency. We do not identify the targets of our investigations, but we (...)

The EU Commission confirms the Parliament and Council’s procurement directive to answer the question of COVID-19 may affect the use of the negotiated procedure without prior publication and amending contracts during their term Free
Bird & Bird (Finland)
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Bird & Bird (Helsinki)
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Bird & Bird (Helsinki)
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has in a short time driven the whole world into a state of emergency. The pandemic may cause situations for which contracting authorities cannot have prepared for in advance. In this article, we will look at the question of how COVID-19 may affect the use of the (...)

The US FTC settles allegations that a real-time communications platform offering a videoconferencing software has engaged in a series of unfair practices and requires it to enhance its security procedures (Zoom) Free
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (Zoom) gained enough popularity to attract the FTC’s attention, including to its security practices. The FTC-Zoom settlement announced on November 9, 2020, which requires Zoom to implement a robust information security program, marked (...)

Exploitative abuses, price gouging & COVID-19: The cases pursued by EU and national competition authorities Free
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Washington)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (London)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Washington)
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to extreme demand and price volatility for certain products, as well as fluctuations in firms’ costs. As firms struggle to manage these changes, agencies are aggressively seeking to show they are preventing consumer exploitation—for example, as a result of (...)

The Canadian Commissioner of Competition issues a statement on the application of competition rules during the COVID-19 virus outbreak Free
Commonwealth Secretariat (London)
Virtually everyone on earth has been swept up in the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and competition authorities are no different. The Canadian Competition Bureau (the Bureau), which assists the Commissioner of Competition (Commissioner) in the administration and enforcement of the Competition Act (...)

The Italian Competition Authority allows cooperation among competing pharmacies in purchasing and selling surgical masks, and common moratorium scheme for consumer credit among competing financial services providers, both as special measures allowed due to COVID-19 Free
Italian Competition Authority (Rome)
ICA: competitive compatibility verified of the cooperation agreements between businesses for the distribution of masks and the moratorium scheme for consumer credit prepared by Assofin* The Authority has applied for the first time the Communication, approved last April, on cooperation (...)

The South African Government issues six regulations amending the national Competition Act aimed to combat the outbreak of COVID-19 Free
Herbert Smith Freehills (Johannesburg)
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Herbert Smith Freehills (Johannesburg)
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Herbert Smith Freehills (Johannesburg)
Following the declaration of a national state of disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act No. 57 of 2002 (as amended), the concerning escalation in the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in South Africa prompted the National Coronavirus Command Council to enforce a nationwide (...)

Unilateral Practices

The Indian Competition Authority issues an interim behavioral remedy to relist franchise hotel properties on certain platforms before concluding the abuse of dominant position investigation against them (MMT-Go / Treebo / FabHotels)
CUTS Institute of Regulation & Competition (New Delhi)
In a first-of-its-kind order, the Competition Commission of India (“CCI”) has used its power to grant interim relief to applicants in a two-sided digital market. On 9 th March 2021, CCI ordered MMT-Go to relist properties of Treebo and FabHotels on its platform. CCI received information against (...)

The Luxembourg Competition Authority’s president rejects a request for interim measures in the context of the COVID-19 health crisis (Bionext / Laboratoire National de Santé) Free
Bonn & Schmitt (Luxembourg)
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Bonn & Schmitt (Luxembourg)
I. Introduction On 17 December 2020, the President of the Luxembourg Competition Council (hereinafter the “President”) rendered a decision on a request for interim measures requested by the laboratory Bionext S.A. (hereinafter “Bionext”) against the Laboratoire National de Santé (hereinafter (...)

The South African Competition Tribunal publishes its written reasons to penalize a pharmaceutical chain for excessive pricing (Dis-Chem) Free
Primerio (Johannesburg)
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Nortons (Sandton)
South Africa’s Second Price Gouging Case: Dis-Chem Penalised For Excessive Pricing re Face Masks* On 14 July 2020, the South African Competition Tribunal published its written reasons in relation to its decision to penalize Dis-Chem (a large pharmaceutical chain in South Africa) for (...)

The UK Competition Authority opens investigations against four pharmacies and convenience stores for suspected breaches of antitrust rules by charging excessive and unfair prices for hand sanitiser products during the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Morgan Lewis (London)
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Morgan Lewis (London)
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Morgan Lewis (London)
The UK Competition and Markets Authority on June 19 announced that it had opened investigations against four pharmacies and convenience stores in relation to suspected breaches of antitrust rules by charging excessive and unfair prices for hand sanitiser products during the coronavirus (...)

The OECD issues note on exploitative pricing in the time of COVID-19 Free
OECD - Competition Division (Paris)
One of the many consequences of the COVID-19 crisis is the disruption of supply chains. Together with increased demand, this has led to shortages in a number of essential products. These shortages are influencing the behaviour of firms and may have led to potentially exploitative prices in some (...)

The UK Competition Authority publishes update on its COVID-19 taskforce including a number of excessive pricing complaints and investigations Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
CMA publishes update on COVID-19 Taskforce* The CMA has today published an update from its COVID-19 Taskforce, set up to monitor and respond to consumer and competition problems arising from the pandemic. As part of the Taskforce’s work, it asked the public for information about businesses (...)

The Chinese State Administration for Market Regulation fines three pharmaceutical companies for abuse of dominance in the distribution of injectable drug and confirms that medical devices sectors continue to be an enforcement priority amid the COVID-19 outbreak (Kanghui / Puyunhui / Taiyangshen) Free
Herbert Smith Freehills (Shanghai)
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Herbert Smith Freehills (Hong Kong)
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Herbert Smith Freehills (Hong Kong)
On 9 April 2020, China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) fined 3 pharmaceutical companies for abuse of dominance in the distribution of injectable calcium gluconate Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API). The three companies were found to be in breach of the PRC’s Anti-Monopoly (...)

The French Competition Authority closes investigation into exclusive imports practices in the medical equipment sector in French Guiana and in the French West Indies Free
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Respiratory assistance equipment in French Guiana and the French West Indies: investigation closed for exclusive imports* The Autorité closes an initial investigation into exclusive import practices in the medical equipment sector intended for hospitals in French Guiana and the French West (...)

The South African Competition Authority announces it has received over 500 complaints of excessive pricing related to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
South African Competition Commission (Pretoria)
COVID-19 UPDATE: COMPETITION COMMISSION FLOODED WITH OVER 500 COMPLAINTS OF EXCESSIVE PRICING * Background On 15 March 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a State of National Disaster, and further to that the President announced the enforcement of a nationwide lockdown for 21 days with (...)

The US State Attorneys General from 33 States and Territories, led by Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Mexico, and Vermont urge online marketplaces to more rigorously monitor price gouging practices by online sellers using their services (Amazon / Facebook / Ebay / Walmart / Craigslist) Free
Office of the Attorney General - Pennsylvania
AG Shapiro: Amazon, Facebook, Ebay, Walmart, Craigslist Must Stop Site Price Gouging by Online Sellers* HARRISBURG― Attorney General Josh Shapiro today issued a letter with co-leading Attorneys General Hector Balderas, William Tong, and T.J. Donovan, and 29 of their Attorneys General (...)

The US State Attorneys General from 33 States, led by Pennsylvania AG Shapiro issue a letter urging online marketplaces to monitor more rigorously price gouging practices especially for online sellers (Amazon / Facebook / Ebay / Walmart / Craigslist) Free
Troutman Sanders (Richmond)
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Troutman Sanders (Richmond)
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Troutman Sanders (Richmond)
33 Attorneys General Urge Online Sellers To Take Steps To Fight Price Gouging* Today, a bipartisan group of 33 state attorneys general, led by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, sent a letter urging online marketplaces to more rigorously monitor price gouging practices by online (...)

The Turkish Competition Authority announces a zero-tolerance policy against excessive price increases in the food sector during the COVID-19 outbreak Free
ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law (Istanbul)
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ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law (Istanbul)
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ACTECON (Istanbul)
The world is clearly going through uncertain times as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. In Turkey, although at the moment there are significantly fewer confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Turkey as compared to the Western European countries and the UK, the COVID-19 pandemic outbrea k has also (...)

The Turkish Competition Authority warns it will impose the most serious administrative fines on food sellers who charged excessive prices during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Turkish Competition Authority (Ankara)
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT* It is observed that in our food market, especially in the market for fresh vegetables and fruits, there are extreme price increases in an opportunist manner nowadays, while we are facing with global COVID-19 outbreak. Being granted the power to protect consumer welfare (...)

The UK Competition Authority investigates four pharmacies and convenience stores for excessive and unfair pricing of hand sanitiser products during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Bird & Bird (London)
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Bird & Bird (London)
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is investigating four pharmacies and convenience stores for suspected breaches of competition law. The investigations, under Chapter II of the Competition Act 1998 (CA 98), relate to suspected charging of excessive and unfair prices for hand sanitiser (...)

The UK Competition Authority writes an open letter to the pharmaceutical, food and drink industries warning them not to exploit the COVID-19 outbreak to charge prices that might be deemed excessive Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
Coronavirus (COVID-19): CMA open letter to pharmaceutical and food and drink industries.* The Competition and Markets Authority has published an open letter for businesses in the pharmaceutical and food and drink industries. Details We have written an open letter to the pharmaceutical and (...)

The Dutch Competition Authority reminds businesses to maintain compliance during the COVID-19 outbreak, including dominant companies avoiding excessive prices and all companies avoiding price fixing Free
Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (The Hague)
ACM’s oversight during the Coronavirus crisis* The current Coronavirus outbreak has far-reaching effects on people and businesses. These are extraordinary times. ACM is closely monitoring economic developments, and is ready to answer any questions about collaborations that companies wish to (...)

The Ukrainian Competition Authority issues recommendations to pharmacies and retailers against excessive prices for masks, examines price hikes for airline tickets and monitors prices for disinfectants and consumption basket products Free
Redcliffe Partners (Kyiv)
As with other competition authorities, the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (the "AMC") is responding promptly during the coronavirus outbreak. On 13 March 2020, the AMC announced that it would investigate any unjustified price hikes for medicines, face masks and other personal health (...)

The Italian Competition Authority publishes two investigations against online platforms with regards to some claims relating to the marketing of hand sanitising and respiratory masks as well as hygiene products (Amazon / eBay) Free
Italian Competition Authority (Rome)
Coronavirus, the Authority begins investigating Amazon and eBay for misleading claims and excessive price increases.* The Authority launched two separate investigations today against the Amazon platform (Amazon Italia Customer Service, Amazon Eu, Amazon Service Europe) and eBay platform (eBay (...)

The Japanese FTC files then withdraws petition for an urgent injunction against dominant online retail company’s new policy after policy is changed due to COVID-19 (Rakuten Ichiba) Free
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
The JFTC has Filed a petition for an Urgent Injunction against Rakuten, Inc.* Today, the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) has filed a petition for an urgent injunction to the Tokyo District Court in accordance with the provision of Article 70-4, paragraph 1 of the Antimonopoly Act, seeking (...)

The Italian Competition Authority investigates online sales platforms for excessive pricing of hand sanitizers and respiratory protection masks in the face of COVID-19 outbreak Free
Italian Competition Authority (Rome)
ICA: Coronavirus, the Authority intervenes in the sale of sanitizing products and masks* Today the Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (the Italian Antitrust Authority) sent a request for information to the main online sales platforms and other sales sites about the marketing of (...)

Mergers

The Australian, German and UK Competition Authorities release a joint statement on merger control enforcement
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
Landmark joint statement on merger control enforcement from ACCC, UK’s CMA and Germany’s Bundeskartellamt* The ACCC, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority and Germany’s Bundeskartellamt have today issued a joint statement highlighting the importance of rigorous and effective merger (...)

The UK, German and Australian Competition Authorities agree on a joint statement on merger control
German Competition Authority (Bonn)
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Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
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United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
Competition Agencies from Germany, the UK and Australia agree on Joint Merger Statement* Today, the Bundeskartellamt, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) have agreed on a joint statement on merger control. The joint (...)

The Australian Competition Authority re-authorises the cooperation between two airline companies for an additional five years (Qantas / American Airlines)
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
ACCC re-authorises Qantas-American Airlines alliance* The ACCC has re-authorised the alliance between Qantas Airways Limited (ASX: QAN) and American Airlines Inc for a further five years. The alliance enables Qantas (and Jetstar) to cooperate with American Airlines on Trans-Pacific routes (...)

The Canadian Competition Authority announces a decrease to $93 million of the pre-merger notification thresholds for 2021 Free
Commonwealth Secretariat (London)
In what could be an extraordinary (if not unique?) move, Canada’s Competition Bureau (‘Bureau’) has announced that the pre-merger notification transaction size threshold for acquiring an undertaking in 2021 will decrease by $3 million from the 2020 level of $96 million to $93 million. The Bureau (...)

The US FTC revises thresholds for Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and Corporate Interlock Statute
Baker Botts (Washington)
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Baker Botts (Washington)
On February 1, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission announced new jurisdictional thresholds for the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“HSR Act”) and Section 8 of the Clayton Act (“Corporate Interlock Statute”). The FTC is required to adjust the thresholds annually, based on (...)

The UK Competition Authority orders the divestment of a merging party’s international arm in the secondary ticketing market (Viagogo / StubHub)
Van Bael & Bellis (London)
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Van Bael & Bellis (London)
On 2 February 2021, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) published its final report following a Phase 2 investigation of the completed acquisition by the ticket reseller viagogo of competitor StubHub (previously part of eBay Inc.). The $4.1 billion (£3.1 billion) transaction was (...)

The UK Competition Authority requires national ticket exchange and resale company to sell secondary ticketing platform’s international business to address competition concerns (Viagogo / StubHub)
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
CMA requires viagogo to sell StubHub’s international business* The CMA is requiring viagogo to sell all of StubHub’s business outside North America after its in-depth investigation identified competition concerns. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has concluded that the merger between (...)

The Italian Competition Authority applies a COVID-19 related provision to clear a merger in the postal sector (Poste Italiane / Nexive) Free
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 22 December 2020, the Italian Competition Authority (“ICA”) cleared the incumbent postal firm Poste Italiane’s (“PI”) acquisition of the sole control over its main rival Nexive Group (“Nexive”). The ICA did not apply the usual merger control rules in this case, but rather cleared the transaction (...)

The French Government extends COVID-19 interim rules on foreign investments and rejects the American industrial conglomerate’s acquisition of national optronic technologies firm (Teledyne / Photonis) Free
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Paris)
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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Paris)
France Extends COVID-19 Interim Rules on Foreign Investments and Vetoes Teledyne’s Acquisition of Photonis* On December 18, 2020, French Minister for the Economy (MoE) Bruno Lemaire announced that the COVID-19 interim rules on foreign investment control (interim rules) — which were issued on (...)

The French Government rejects the American industrial conglomerate’s acquisition of a national optronic technologies firm (Photonis / Teledyne)
Delcade Avocats & Solicitors (Paris)
French veto to the acquisition of Photonis par Teledyne* Applying legislative and regulatory measures to control foreign investments in France, the French Government has banned the American Teledyne from buying French Photonis. 1. France established a scheme for controlling investments made (...)

The French Government announces that the COVID-19 interim rules on foreign investment control will be extended Free
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Paris)
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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Paris)
On December 18, 2020, French Minister for the Economy (MoE) Bruno Lemaire announced that the COVID-19 interim rules on foreign investment control (interim rules) — which were issued on July 23, 2020, and were set to expire December 31, 2020 — will be extended to December 31, 2021. The interim (...)

The UK Competition Authority looks to appeal CAT judgment stating the lack of information regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in sportswear retailer case (JD Sports / Footasylum) Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
CMA looks to appeal CAT judgment in JD Sports case* After careful consideration, the CMA has today applied for permission to appeal the CAT’s recent judgment in the JD Sports/Footasylum case. Last month, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) supported the Competition and Markets Authority’s (...)

The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal supports the Competition Authority’s approach to estimating the merger effects on consumers but finds that it did not gather enough information about the impact of COVID-19 on the merger (JD Sports / Footasylum) Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
CMA considers next steps in JD Sports/Footasylum merger* The CMA is considering its next steps following today’s Competition Appeal Tribunal judgment in the JD Sports/Footasylum case. JD Sports had appealed the Competition and Market Authority’s (CMA) final decision to block its takeover of (...)

The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal dismisses the Competition Authority’s decision and authorizes the acquisition of a company in the sports retailing sector in light of the COVID-19 pandemic (JD Sports / Footasylum) Free
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 13 November 2020, the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (“CAT”) upheld an appeal brought by JD Sports against the Competition and Markets Authority’s (“CMA”) decision to prohibit its already completed acquisition of rival retailer Footasylum. On 6 May 2020, the CMA had blocked the merger between the (...)

The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal upholds the appeal brought by a company for a merger in the sport retail sector in light of the COVID-19 pandemic (JD Sports / Footasylum) Free
Ashurst (London)
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Ashurst (London)
On 13 November 2020, the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal ("CAT") published its judgment in relation to the merger of JD Sports and Footasylum. The merger was prohibited by the UK Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") in May, but JD Sports appealed. The CAT partially upheld the appeal and the (...)

The UK Competition Authority provisionally finds in Phase II investigation that the complete merger in online secondary ticketing market will reduce competition and proposes structural remedies even after accounting for COVID-19 (Viagogo / StubHub) Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
CMA finds competition concerns in viagogo and StubHub merger* Following an in-depth investigation, the CMA has provisionally found that the completed merger of viagogo and StubHub will reduce competition. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) found that viagogo and StubHub are close (...)

The Polish Competition Authority clears the first merger under rules for protecting companies of strategic national importance during COVID-19 (H&F Corporate Investors VIII / The Center for Electronic Settlements Polish ePayments) Free
Polish Competition Authority (Warsaw)
Investment control - first decision of the President of UOKIK* H&F Fund from the Cayman Islands granted consent to take over the Center for Electronic Settlements Polish ePayments S.A. The transaction does not pose a threat to security, order or public health. This is the first decision of (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority renews decision requiring disclosure of net short positions of 0.1% and above during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
ESA renews decision requiring disclosure of net short positions of 0.1% and above* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has renewed its decision to temporarily require holders of net short positions in shares traded on a regulated market of the EEA EFTA States to notify the relevant national (...)

The German Competition Authority allows the leading national meat company to bring in house employment contracts it previously had externally with meat cutters through a personnel company as part of a wider change in the meat industry’s staffing due to COVID-19 (Tönnies / Lazar) Free
German Competition Authority (Bonn)
Tönnies can take over employment contracts concluded with Lazar GmbH* The Bundeskartellamt has cleared the acquisition of the assets of Lazar GmbH, Crailsheim, by Tönnies Holding, Rheda-Wiedenbrück. Tönnies is by far the leading company in the slaughter and meat industry in Germany. The Lazar (...)

The Finnish Market Court extends the time limit for an in-depth investigation of a merger between 2 health care companies due to COVID-19 (Mehiläinen / Pihlajalinna) Free
Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (Helsinki)
The time limit for processing the merger of Mehiläinen and Pihlajalinna has been extended until 29 September 2020* The Market Court has extended the processing time limit for the merger of Mehiläinen and Pihlajalinna, which is being investigated by the Finnish Competition and Consumer Agency (...)

The Finnish Market Court extends due to COVID-19 the time limit for in-depth investigation of a merger between 2 financial services companies (Loomis / Automatia) Free
Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (Helsinki)
The time limit for processing the merger of Loomis and Automatia has been extended until 23 September 2020* The Market Court has extended the processing time limit for the merger between Loomis AB and Automatia Pankkiautomaatit Oy, currently under investigation by the Finnish Competition and (...)

The UK Competition Authority clears at phase II an acquisition of a minority shareholding and certain rights in a food delivery company in its first application of “failing firm” defence (Amazon / Deliveroo) Free
CRA International (London)
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CRA International (London)
On 4 August 2020 the CMA cleared Amazon’s proposed minority investment in Deliveroo. Having previously been concerned that the investment could damage competition by discouraging Amazon from re-entering restaurant food delivery in the UK and altering its competitive incentives in respect of (...)

The Austrian Competition Authority publishes position paper on the macroeconomic effects of "shutdown mergers" in the context of the COVID-19 crisis Free
Austrian Competition Authority (Vienna)
AFCA publishes position paper on the Macroeconomic Effects of Mergers in the Context of the COVID-19 Crisis - "Shutdown Mergers"* The position paper aims to facilitate notifications of Shutdown Mergers. The COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions put in place to deal with it have triggered a (...)

The UK Competition Authority revises its original findings of failing firm defence due to COVID-19 after firm’s improved performance and instead provisionally clears acquisition of 16% of the firm’s stock based on SLC test findings (Amazon / Deliveroo) Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
CMA revises provisional findings in Amazon/Deliveroo case* The CMA has provisionally cleared Amazon’s 16% investment in Deliveroo, on the basis that it is not likely to result in a substantial lessening of competition. In its initial provisional findings, published in April, the Competition (...)

The UK Government introduces measures allowing it to intervene in merger transactions to mitigate the effects of public health emergencies following the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (London)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (London)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
On 22 June 2020, the UK Government introduced new measures allowing it to intervene in merger transactions “to maintain in the United Kingdom the capability to combat, and to mitigate the effects of, public health emergencies." The Government will be able to intervene on these grounds in any (...)

The UK Competition Authority finds that a merger in the online secondary ticketing market raises competition concerns even after accounting for the COVID-19 difficulties (StubHub / viagogo) Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
Merger of viagogo and StubHub raises competition concerns* viagogo’s purchase of StubHub raises competition concerns in the online secondary ticketing market in the UK, a CMA investigation has found. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is concerned that the loss of competition brought (...)

The Australian Competition Authority continues its investigation into a 19.9% stake airline acquisition and highlights the increased concerns that smaller airlines face due to COVID-19 (Qantas / Alliance Airlines) Free
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
Investigation into Qantas’s stake in Alliance Airlines continues* The ACCC is continuing to investigate Qantas Airways’ (Qantas) (ASX:QAN) acquisition of a 19.9 per cent stake in Alliance Aviation (Alliance) (ASX:AQZ) during these uncertain times in the aviation industry. Qantas acquired a 19.9 (...)

The German Parliament mitigates the consequences of COVID-19 by adopting a bill and temporarily amending national competition law to extend merger control review periods and suspend interest payments for antitrust fines Free
Morgan Lewis (Brussels)
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Morgan Lewis (Frankfurt)
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Morgan Lewis (Brussels)
Two key amendments to the German competition law entered into effect on May 29, 2020, temporarily extending merger control review periods and temporarily suspending interest payments for antitrust fines, further to a bill adopted by the German Parliament to mitigate the consequences of the (...)

The EU Commission opens in-depth investigation into a proposed merger between 2 leading airlines operating routes between Canada and Europe while recognizing the target markets are significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak (Transat / Air Canada) Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of Transat by Air Canada* The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of Transat by Air Canada, under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission is concerned that the (...)

The German Government tightens national foreign direct investment screening regime to better protect security-relevant businesses in the health sector from non-EEA take-overs in light of COVID-19 outbreak Free
Morgan Lewis (Washington)
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Morgan Lewis (Frankfurt)
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Morgan Lewis (Frankfurt)
A recent amendment to Germany’s foreign direct investment ordinance adds new businesses to the existing catalogue of critical infrastructures—in particular, in the health sector—that will be subject to foreign direct investment screening going forward. Germany is taking several legislative (...)

The German Government tightens foreign direct investment control in light of COVID-19 following the guidance from the EU Commission on possible increased risk of attempts to acquire healthcare capacities Free
Jones Day (Brussels)
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Jones Day (Frankfurt)
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DLA Piper (London)
On May 20, 2020, the German Federal government adopted the 15th amendment to the Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance (AWV). The changes to the AWV will be effective shortly, after publication in the Federal Gazette. Prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the amendment expands the scope of (...)

The Spanish Competition Authority clears merger of travel agencies (Barceló / Globalia) Free
Spanish Competition Authority (Madrid)
The CNMC authorises Barceló to purchase Globalia’s travel agency business* The CNMC has authorised, in the first phase, Barceló to acquire exclusive control of Globalia’s travel agency business. We do not anticipate this operation to have any adverse effects on competition in the markets affected (...)

The UK Competition Authority blocks a sports-fashion retailer acquisition finding that even with COVID-19 significantly impacting the relevant sector, the transaction would lead to a substantial lessening of competition nationally (JD Sports / Footasylum) Free
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 6 May 2020, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) blocked the sports-fashion retailer JD Sports’ already completed purchase of sportswear retailer Foot- asylum. The CMA concluded that the parties were close competitors and the transaction would lead to a substan- tial lessening of (...)

The UK Competition Authority blocks sports-fashion merger finding that even with COVID-19 significantly impacting the relevant sector there would still be negative effects on the competition if the merger proceeded (JD Sports / Footasylum) Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
CMA blocks sports-fashion merger* The CMA has blocked JD Sports’ purchase of close competitor Footasylum after finding it would leave shoppers worse off. Following an in-depth Phase 2 investigation, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has concluded that this transaction would lead to a (...)

The UK Competition Authority clears merger between 2 online food delivery undertakings ahead of the statutory deadline for decision despite COVID-19 pandemic (Just Eat / Takeaway.com) Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
CMA gives Just Eat and Takeaway.com deal the green light* The CMA has cleared the £6.2 billion merger between 2 food delivery companies. Just Eat plc (Just Eat) is one of the main food delivery firms in the UK market, while Takeaway.com N.V (Takeaway.com) operates in 11 countries overseas, (...)

The UK Competition Authority clarifies its general approach to assessing mergers and its specific approach to assessing "failing firm" claims during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
COVID-19: CMA approach to merger assessments* The CMA has today provided more detail on its general approach to assessing mergers during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Following its statement about working practices issued on 18 March, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has set (...)

The UK Competition Authority publishes guidance on its approach to merger control during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Herbert Smith Freehills (London)
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Herbert Smith Freehills (London)
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Herbert Smith Freehills (London)
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published guidance on its approach to merger control during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance deals with procedural issues as well as substantive assessment, and makes it clear that on the whole the CMA’s approach remains one of ‘business as (...)

The UK Competition Authority publishes its guidance on merger assessments during COVID-19 pandemic Free
Covington & Burling (Brussels)
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Covington & Burling (Brussels)
On 22 April 2020, the UK Competition and Market Authority (“CMA”) published its guidance on ‘Merger assessments during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic’ (“the guidance”). Prior to the publication of the guidance, there was some speculation about whether the CMA would be more willing to accept (...)

The Indian Competition Authority continues to require electronic filing of merger notifications and announces further delays of notification deadlines due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Indian Competition Commission (New Delhi)
Measures in view of threat of CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 pandemic* In continuation to the public notices issued on March 23, 2020, March 30, 2020 and April 13, 2020 wrt "Measures in view of threat of CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 pandemic", the following additional arrangements are made: Information with (...)

The Ecuadorian Competition Authority publishes new merger review procedure due to COVID-19 crisis Free
Pérez Bustamante & Ponce (Quito)
COVID-19: New, fast-track merger review procedure introduced in Ecuador Historically, crises have been catalysts of legal and political change. On occasion of the COVID-19 emergency, this week (April 20th, 2020) the Ecuadorian competition agency (‘Superintendencia de Control del Poder de (...)

The UK Competition Authority provisionally clears acquisition of an online food delivery business by a global online shopping company to prevent it from bankruptcy likely to happen due to economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak (Amazon / Deliveroo) Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
CMA provisionally clears Amazon’s investment in Deliveroo* In light of a deterioration in Deliveroo’s financial position as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19), the CMA has provisionally cleared Amazon’s investment in Deliveroo. After completing an initial, Phase 1, investigation, the Competition (...)

The UK Competition Authority provisionally clears the acquisition of a delivering food company despite COVID-19 (Deliveroo / Amazon) Free
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 17 April 2020, approximately one week after the CMA found COVID-19 not to be an obstacle to its decision to block the Sabre/ Farelogix transaction, the CMA announced its provisional clearance of the acquisition by Amazon of a minority shareholding and certain rights in Deliveroo “in light of (...)

The Danish Competition Authority extends the suspension of merger review time limits during the COVID-19 crisis Free
Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (Copenhagen)
Suspension of time limits for merger review is extended* The Minister of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs has issued an order, which extends the suspension of merger review time limits until May 10. When companies wish to implement a merger, the Competition and Consumer Agency must (...)

The Danish Competition Authority suspends merger control deadlines due to the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Bird & Bird (Copenhagen)
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Bird & Bird (Copenhagen)
In an unprecedented move, the Danish merger control deadlines have been suspended from the 18 March due to the COVID-19 situation until 10 May for now. When undertakings wish to implement a larger merger, the Competition and Consumer Authority (“DCA”) must ensure that the merger will not (...)

The Lithuanian Competition Authority announces that merger review might be delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak making data collection from market participants more difficult Free
Lithuanian Competition Authority (Vilnius)
EXAMINATION OF MERGERS MAY LAST LONGER* As companies have temporarily suspended their business operations due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Konkurencijos taryba is struggling to receive information from businesses and informs companies that it may take longer than usual to implement the activities (...)

The UK Competition Authority blocks merger between online airline booking providers despite their sector being significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak (Sabre / Farelogix) Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
CMA blocks airline booking merger* Following an in-depth investigation, the CMA has blocked Sabre’s proposed takeover of Farelogix. Among other products and services, Sabre and Farelogix supply software solutions which help airlines to sell flights via travel agents including those that (...)

The UK Competition Authority blocks a proposed merger in the market for the supply of merchandising solutions and distribution systems to airlines despite the COVID-19 pandemic (Sabre / Farelogix) Free
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
Despite the uncertain future facing the global travel industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, on 9 April 2020, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) announced its decision to block the proposed Sabre/Farelogix transaction, citing concerns that “UK passengers [would] miss out on (...)

The Austrian Competition Authority requires electronic notification of mergers and announces delays in merger control due to COVID-19 restrictions Free
Austrian Competition Authority (Vienna)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) update 9.4.2020: current operations in the AFCA and regulations relating to merger notifications and examinations* Current regulations relating to merger notifications and examinations Due to the current traffic restrictions and statutory special rules relating to (...)

The UK Competition Authority recognizes the difficulty faced by merging parties due to the COVID-19 pandemic and states that a private hospital merger will be cleared if it can address local competition concerns (Circle Health / BMI Healthcare) Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
Private hospital merger to be approved if local concerns addressed* The CMA has found that the completed merger between Circle and BMI does not raise UK-wide competition concerns but could reduce competition in 2 local areas. Both Circle and BMI provide elective care to NHS and privately (...)

The UK Competition Authority recognizes that merging construction companies might be heavily affected by COVID-19 pandemic, but still requires them to address competition concerns before clearing the merger (Kingspan / Building Solutions) Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
Construction products merger raises competition concerns* The CMA has found that Kingspan’s anticipated purchase of Building Solutions raises competition concerns in the supply of specialist insulation panels. Kingspan is the leading provider in the UK of standard foam sandwich panels, which (...)

The EU Commission maintains adjustments to merger filing process made in response to COVID-19 crisis while underscoring need to protect competition Free
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
The European Commission (the “Commission”) continues to encourage companies to delay any planned merger notifications until further notice in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, as it anticipates that it may face difficulties in collecting the information necessary to conduct its review, in (...)

The EU Commission announces that, amid the current COVID-19 crisis, it stands ready to deal with cases where firms can show very compelling reasons to proceed with a merger notification without delay Free
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Brussels)
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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (London)
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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (London)
Although many competition authorities are making considerable efforts to ensure “business as usual” during the COVID-19 crisis, the pandemic is inevitably having a material impact on merger control reviews around the globe. In addition to the obvious timing implications, deals are now being, and (...)

The EU Commission and National Competition Authorities implement remote working for the vast majority of their workforces, presenting challenges in merger control during the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (London)
Like most organisations, the European Commission (the "Commission") and national competition authorities ("NCAs") have implemented remote working for the vast majority of their workforces. This presents unique and unprecedented challenges in merger control, one of the regulatory areas with the (...)

The Canadian Competition Authority announces that its 2020 pre-merger notification thresholds will remain the same level as last year Free
Commonwealth Secretariat (London)
Canada’s Competition Bureau (the “Bureau”), which assists the Commissioner of Competition (the “Commissioner”) in the administration and enforcement of the Competition Act (the “Act”), announced on 1 April 2020 that the 2020 pre-merger notification transaction size threshold for acquiring an (...)

The COMESA Competition Authority encourages electronic merger notifications, extends deadline for document submission, suspends physical meetings, and warns of possible investigation delays due to COVID-19 pandemic Free
Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) (Lusaka)
NOTICE OF INTERIM MEASURES IN MERGER REVIEW OF THE COMESA COMPETITION COMMISSION DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC* The COMESA Competition Commission (the Commission) is aware that these are unprecedented, uncertain and challenging times for undertakings and other stakeholders. In view of this, the (...)

The COMESA Competition Commission issues guidance on timing and other implications for merger review relating to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Primerio (Washington)
COMESA retains 30-day merger notification requirement during COVID pandemic, but loosens some rules* The COMESA Competition Commission (CCC) has, along with several other competition-law enforcers on the African continent, issued new guidance on timing and other implications relating to the (...)

The US FTC provides guidance on COVID-19’s impact on HSR filing timelines Free
McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
In a prior note we provided guidance on COVID-19’s Impact on HSR Filing Timelines. The Agencies had indicated that early termination would not be granted while FTC operated on a temporary e-filing system. Today, the Agencies have updated that guidance and as of March 30 will again grant early (...)

The Serbian Competition Authority publishes its new guidelines on notification deadlines for merger during the COVID-19 crisis Free
Karanovic & Partners (Belgrade)
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Karanovic & Partners (Belgrade)
The Impact of COVID-19 Outbreak on Merger Control Matters in Western Balkans* The COVID-19 pandemic has been heavily affecting economies and countries across the globe. In such circumstances, ensuring the undisturbed work of the competition authorities is difficult, but important in order to (...)

The French Competition Authority publishes its adaptation of the time limits and procedures during the COVID-19 outbreak Free
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Adaptation of the time limits and procedures of the Autorité de la concurrence in times of health emergency* Background The Autorité specifies to businesses how the rules regarding deadlines and procedures will be adapted due to the state of health emergency. Following the adoption of the law (...)

The Australian Competition Authority provides guidance for the merger clearances, authorisations, notifications and CTMs during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
COVID-19 pandemic - what it means for ACCC merger clearances, authorisations, notifications and CTMs* With the recent and increasing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ACCC’s Merger & Authorisation Review Division will provide ongoing guidance regarding any changes in our operations (...)

The UK Competition Authority clarifies that the UK merger control regime is still operating despite the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Ashurst (London)
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Ashurst (London)
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Ashurst (London)
Whilst Covid-19 is not expected to lead to changes to the core legal and policy principles underpinning merger control regimes around the world, it is worth noting that: merger control regimes are still in operation, albeit filing processes and regulatory reviews may take a bit longer and some (...)

The Portuguese Competition Authority fines a hospital for gun-jumping but accepts payment of the fine in multiple installments to avoid negatively affecting the hospital’s operations during the COVID-19 pandemic (Hospital Particular do Algarve) Free
Portuguese Competition Authority (Lisbon)
AdC fines Hospital Particular do Algarve for gun-jumping* The AdC fined Hospital Particular do Algarve, SA (HPA) in the total amount of 155,000 euros for acquiring sole control of Hospital de S. Gonçalo de Lagos S.A. (HSGL) without prior notification of the acquisition and, consequently, (...)

The Portuguese Competition Authority allows payment of a gun-jumping fine in installments due to the COVID-19 outbreak (Hospital Particular do Algarve) Free
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
In September 2019, the Portuguese Competition Authority (“AdC”) imposed a fine of € 155,000 on Hospital Particular do Algarve (“HPA”) for gun-jumping, finding that HPA had acquired sole control of Hospital de São Gonçalo de Lagos without the AdC’s prior approval. The AdC has recently announced that it (...)

The Brazilian Competition Authority implements measures in line with WHO recommendations against the spread of the COVID-19 Free
Mattos Filho Advogados (Sao Paulo)
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Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. & Quiroga (Sao Paulo)
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Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga (New York)
The Brazilian antitrust authority has implemented measures in line with WHO recommendations against the spread of the COVID-19, and activities are being carried out without major impacts, although deadlines in conduct cases are now suspended and delays in certain matters cannot be altogether (...)

The French Competition Authority encourages the delay of new mergers, requires electronic submission, and extends processing times as special measures due to COVID-19 Free
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Adaptation of merger control procedures due to Coronavirus COVID-19* Given the health situation in France, the Autorité de la concurrence is forced to put in place extensive preventive measures. The services of the Autorité are working remotely since 17 March 2020. Time limits for processing (...)

The Danish Competition Authority suspends its time limits for merger review for 14 days as special measure due to COVID-19 Free
Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (Copenhagen)
Time limits for merger control are suspended for 14 days* The Minister of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs has issued an order implying that the time limits for merger control are suspended for 14 days. When companies wish to implement a larger merger, the Competition and Consumer (...)

The Irish Competition Authority announces temporary changes to the merger notification process due to the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Matheson (Dublin)
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Matheson (Dublin)
In light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Irish Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (“CCPC”) announced on 18 March 2020 temporary measures to assist it in complying with binding statutory deadlines and to ensure business continuity in the review of notified mergers and (...)

The Irish Competition Authority encourages delay of merger filings and establishes a temporary process for electronic notification of mergers as special measures due to COVID-19 Free
McCann FitzGerald (Dublin)
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McCann FitzGerald (Brussels)
On 18 March, the CCPC issued a statement encouraging merging parties where possible to delay merger filings until further notice, and establishing a temporary process for electronic notification of mergers. In an effort to ensure business continuity in merger review amid the COVID-19 outbreak, (...)

The Spanish Government updates foreign investment screening regime in light of COVID-19 and prohibits or severely limits the foreign acquisition of companies active in sectors related to public order, public security or public health Free
Callol, Coca & Asociados (Madrid)
The rapid spread of Covid-19 has led to its consideration as a global pandemic. Spain, currently at the epicenter of the crisis, has declared the state of alarm last Sunday. To ease the effects of the Covid-19 crisis in the economy, the Spanish Government approved yesterday Royal Decree-Law (...)

The US FTC and DOJ adopt new mergers procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak Free
Jones Day (Washington DC)
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Jones Day (Washington DC)
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Jones Day (Washington DC)
The FTC and DOJ have adopted new procedures in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The changes are intended to help the agencies stay open during the crisis, but merging parties should expect lengthier antitrust reviews until normal operations resume. All merger filings with (...)

The French Competition Authority is not able to guarantee the usual processing delays for mergers since its staff is working remotely during the COVID-19 situation Free
Baker Mckenzie (Paris)
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Baker Mckenzie (Paris)
The French government has taken preventive measures due to COVID-19, thereby forcing the members of the French Competition Authority to work remotely since 17 March 2020. This situation is already impacting on merger control: “Although we are striving to ensure continuity of public service, (…) (...)

The US DOJ extends its timing of merger investigations by 30 days and allows electronic filing of Hart-Scott-Rodino submissions among special measures due to COVID-19 Free
US Department of Justice - Antitrust Division (Washington)
Justice Department Announces Antitrust Civil Process Changes for Pendency of COVID-19 Event* Process Changes Will Ensure that the Department Can Carry Out Its Enforcement Mission While Protecting the Health and Safety of Its Employees and the American Public The Department of Justice (...)

The EU Commission encourages companies to delay merger notifications until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Bird & Bird (Dusseldorf)
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Bird & Bird (Brussels)
Challenges created by the COVID-19 crisis Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a major impact on the “business continuity" of courts and regulatory authorities. This affects, in particular, merger control proceedings as these are typically subject to specific time limits that the authorities (...)

The Finnish Competition Authority requires companies to contact the Authority before notifying new merger transaction due to COVID-19 outbreak Free
Bird & Bird (Helsinki)
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Bird & Bird (Helsinki)
Due to the novel coronavirus the Finnish Competition & Consumer Authority ("FCCA") has published a statement requiring companies to contact the FCCA before filing a new merger control notification and specifically agreeing with the FCCA that a notification may be filed. This requirement is (...)

The EU Commission adjusts merger filing process in response to COVID-19 crisis Free
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
The European Commission (the “Commission”) has announced that it will face delays in its merger review process as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, the Commission has stated that it may not be able to collect information from third parties efficiently and may have limited access (...)

The EU Commission encourages the delay of merger notifications and electronic submission as special measures due to COVID-19 Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
SPECIAL MEASURES DUE TO CORONAVIRUS / COVID-19* DELAY OF MERGER NOTIFICATIONS DG COMP has put in place a number of measures to ensure business continuity in the enforcement of the EU Merger Regulation. However, due to the complexities and disruptions caused by the Coronavirus, companies are (...)

The US DoJ announces antitrust civil process changes for the pendency of COVID-19 events and confirms that the HSR review process will be significantly impacted Free
McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
With COVID-19-related closures rolling in daily, you may have questions about the operating status of the federal government’s antitrust enforcement agencies. Currently, the HSR review process does not seem to be significantly impacted, although the agencies will not grant a request for early (...)

The US FTC Premerger Notification Office temporarily institutes mandatory e-filing system as a special measure due to COVID-19 Free
US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (Washington)
Premerger Notification Office Implements Temporary e-Filing System* Due to the developing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, and consistent with guidance from the Office of Personnel Management, the Premerger Notification Office (PNO) will implement a temporary e-filing system. During this (...)

The US DoJ and FTC implement policies in response to COVID-19 including new measures to the HSR e-filing system Free
White & Case (Brussels)
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White & Case (Washington)
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White & Case (Washington)
Last week, in response to the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the antitrust agencies in the United States and European Union issued policies that will affect, and may delay, merger filings and reviews. On March 13, 2020, the US Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Federal Trade (...)

The EU Commission announces that companies were encouraged to delay new merger notifications until further notice because of the complexities and disruptions caused by the current COVID-19 outbreak Free
Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
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Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
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Hogan Lovells (Milan)
The current COVID-19 pandemic is posing unprecedented challenges on our public health systems and communities. It is also heavily impacting economic activity, including for companies in the midst of M&A or joint venture transactions. Deals that are subject to merger control review in the (...)

The US DoJ and FTC issue guidance on merger review during the COVID-19 outbreak and confirm that they continue to operate despite merging parties expecting lengthier reviews Free
Jones Day (Washington DC)
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Jones Day (Washington DC)
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Jones Day (Washington DC)
The FTC and DOJ have adopted new procedures in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The changes are intended to help the agencies stay open during the crisis, but merging parties should expect lengthier antitrust reviews until normal operations resume. All merger filings with (...)

The EU Commission encourages companies to delay merger notifications originally planned until further notice where possible due to COVID-19 Free
White & Case (Brussels)
COVID-19 is changing our lives more rapidly and more profoundly than we could have ever imagined. All over the world, governments order their countries into lockdowns, factories stop producing, people stop buying, citizens are confined to their four walls and businesses switch to working (...)

The US DoJ and FTC publish a public statement regarding their ongoing commitment to antitrust enforcement in mergers and acquisitions during the COVID-19 crisis Free
Morgan Lewis (New York)
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Morgan Lewis (Washington)
US antitrust laws already on the books facilitate rapid investment without government delay: important practical tools and rules for dealmakers and their counsel in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the current economic challenges. Recently, leaders of both the US Antitrust (...)

The Chinese Competition Authority publishes a formal statement on revised procedures for merger filings during the COVID-19 crisis Free
O’Melveny & Myers (Brussels)
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O’Melveny & Myers (Washington DC)
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O’Melveny & Myers (Hong Kong)
These moves follow similar actions by the State Administration for Market Regulation (“SAMR”), China’s antitrust authority. On February 6, SAMR issued a formal statement laying out revised procedures for merger filings, prohibiting face-to-face meetings and requiring parties to submit pre-merger (...)

State Aid

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves support to organisers of package travels in Norway in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves support to organisers of package travels in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a scheme that will help ensure that organisers of package travels can obtain refund guarantees from insurance companies and continue operations. In (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves a Norwegian compensation scheme for organisers of canceled or downscaled cultural events in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves Norwegian compensation scheme for organisers of cancelled or downscaled cultural events* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a Norwegian scheme to compensate organisers and subcontractors for losses related to cancelled or downscaled (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to the Norwegian aid scheme for voluntary organisations due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments to Norwegian aid scheme for voluntary organisations* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved prolonging support to voluntary organisations experiencing financial challenges as a result of COVID-19-containment measures. The budget is also (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to Norwegian liquidity support scheme for tourism sector amidst the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments to Norwegian liquidity support scheme for tourism sector* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a prolongation of a liquidity support scheme to Norway’s tourism sector. The scheme is also amended to allow for increased support and to (...)

The EU Commission approves a €500 million Greek scheme to support food service companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €500 million Greek scheme to support food service companies affected by coronavirus outbreak The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €500 million Greek support scheme to support food service companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves the prolonging of support for large public events in Norway Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolonging support for large public events in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a prolongation and amendments of a scheme offering compensation to organisers of large public events that must be downscaled or cancelled as a result (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments and prolongations to Icelandic business-support schemes Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments and prolongations to Icelandic business-support schemes* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments and prolongations to the closure grants and resilience grants schemes providing support to companies suffering income losses (...)

The EU Commission approves a €1.9 billion Czech scheme to support companies in context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.9 billion Czech scheme to support companies in context of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved an approximately € 1.9 billion (CZK 50 billion) Czech scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved (...)

The EU Commission approves a €12 million COVID-19 damage compensation as well as a €255.5 million of liquidity support to two airline companies in Portugal and extends an ongoing in-depth investigation to planned restructuring aid (SATA / Azores) Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €12 million coronavirus damage compensation and €255.5 million of liquidity support to SATA Air Açores and Azores Airlines in Portugal; extends ongoing in-depth investigation to planned restructuring aid* The European Commission has approved €12 million in Portuguese (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves Norwegian umbrella scheme to support businesses in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves Norwegian umbrella scheme to support businesses* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a Norwegian umbrella scheme allowing municipalities to support local businesses that are suffering due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Preventive (...)

The EU General Court rejects a company’s actions for annulment against decisions of the Commission on COVID-19 individual aid in the aviation sector (Ryanair) Free
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 14 April 2020, the General Court dismissed the actions for annulment brought by Ryanair against three decisions of the Commission authorising State aid in the airline sector. These judgments were delivered by the same Tenth Chamber (extended composition), which had already dismissed in (...)

The EU General Court dismisses three challenges against decisions of the Commission approving individual aid measures granted by Finland, Denmark and Sweden in the COVID-19 crisis (Ryanair)
Ashurst (Brussels)
On 14 April 2021, the General Court ("GC") handed down three judgments dismissing Ryanair’s challenges against decisions by the European Commission, approving individual aid measures granted by Finland to Finnair (Case T-388/20) and by Denmark and Sweden to SAS in the context of the COVID-19 (...)

The EU General Court of Justice finds that the aid measures introduced by Sweden and Denmark for an airline company’s damage resulting from the cancellation or rescheduling of flights in the wake of travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic comply with EU law (Ryanair) Free
General Court of the European Union (Luxembourg)
Aid measures introduced by Sweden and Denmark for SAS for damage resulting from the cancellation or rescheduling of flights in the wake of travel restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic comply with EU law* Given that SAS’s market share is much higher than that of its closest competitor in (...)

The EU Commission approves €1.74 billion Danish scheme to support mink farmers and related businesses in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.74 billion Danish scheme to support mink farmers and related businesses in context of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules, an approximately €1.74 billion (DKK 13 billion) Danish scheme to compensate mink farmers (...)

The EU Commission approves up to €4 billion French measure to recapitalise a national airline company (Air France) Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves up to €4 billion French measure to recapitalise Air France* The European Commission has approved French plans to grant up to €4 billion for the recapitalisation of Air France through its Holding company. The measure was approved under the State aid Temporary (...)

The EU Commission approves €400 million Dutch loan scheme to support companies providing package travel and linked travel arrangements in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €400 million Dutch loan scheme to support companies providing package travel and linked travel arrangements in context of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €400 million Dutch loan scheme to support companies providing package travel and (...)

The EU Commission approves €24.7 million Italian aid to compensate a national airline company for further damages suffered due to COVID-19 pandemic (Alitalia) Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €24.7 million of Italian support to compensate Alitalia for further damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found €24.7 million of Italian support in favour of Alitalia to be in line with EU State aid rules. This measure aims at (...)

The EU Commission approves amended Member State measures under the Temporary Framework to support the economy after the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Jones Day (Brussels)
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Jones Day (Brussels)
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Jones Day (Brussels)
Since the onset of the coronavirus outbreak, the European Commission has adopted a significant number of State aid measures under Article 107(2)b, Article 107(3)b and under the Temporary Framework. The most recent measures adopted to support the economy and companies affected by coronavirus (...)

The EU Commission approves a €270 million Italian measure to support rail freight and commercial passenger operators affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €270 million Italian measure to support rail freight and commercial passenger operators affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €270 million Italian measure supporting both the rail freight sector and the (...)

The EU Commission approves the modification of three existing Spanish State aid schemes in order to support the economy in the COVID-19 crisis Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves modification of Spanish schemes, including €10 billion budget increase for aid of limited amount, to further support economy in context of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found the modification of three existing Spanish schemes to support the (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves a Norwegian aid scheme for sporting events of national importance
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves Norwegian aid scheme for sporting events of national importance* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved an aid scheme that will provide financial support to voluntary organisations organising sporting events considered to be of national (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves a financial aid to the Norwegian voluntary sector Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves financial aid to Norwegian voluntary sector* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved an aid scheme that will compensate voluntary organisations for lost income and increased costs arising from COVID-19 containment measures. Norway continues to (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves a Norwegian State aid scheme to help the event industry adjust to prolonged restrictions Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves scheme to help the event industry adjust to prolonged restrictions* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a Norwegian scheme to help event companies overcome pandemic-related challenges. The event industry continues to be strongly impacted (...)

The EU Commission approves Finnish State aid measures of €350 million to support a national airport in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €350 million Finnish support to Finavia in the context of the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, three Finnish measures, with an overall budget of €350 million, to support airport operator Finavia in the context of (...)

The EU Commission approves around €350 million Finnish support to compensate a national airline for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak (Finnair) Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves around €350 million Finnish support to compensate Finnair for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found €351.38 million of Finnish support in favour of Finnair to be in line with EU State aid rules. The measure aims at (...)

The EU Commission approves a €1.1 billion Polish State aid scheme to support companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.1 billion Polish scheme to further support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €1.1 billion (PLN 5 billion) Polish scheme to support companies in various sectors affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves increased compensation to Norwegian businesses Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves increased compensation to Norwegian businesses* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments to a temporary compensation scheme for companies in Norway. This entails stepping up the aid intensity for January and February 2021, including an (...)

The EU Commission approves €511 million Italian State aid scheme to compensate commercial rail passenger operators for damages suffered due to the COVID-19 outbreak Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €511 million Italian scheme to compensate commercial rail passenger operators for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, €511 million in Italian support to compensate providers of commercial, (...)

The EU Commission approves a €2 billion French State aid scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2 billion French scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a French scheme to support the uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was (...)

The EU Commission approves a Latvian State aid recapitalization of up to €39.7 million in the air transport sector (Riga International Airport)
Covington & Burling (Brussels)
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Covington & Burling (Brussels)
On March 8, 2021, the European Commission (EC) approved the state recapitalization of up to €39.7 million, comprising a capital injection and a waived dividend payment for the 2019 financial year. The measure was notified to the EC under the EU’s Temporary Framework for State aid to support the (...)

The EU Commission approves a €20 million French State aid scheme with private investors support for companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves French guarantee scheme mobilising up to €20 billion support from private investors for companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a French State guarantee scheme to support the economy in the (...)

The EU Commission approves a €40 million State aid measure to support research and development activities related to COVID-19 in Italy Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €40 million Italian aid measure to support coronavirus related research and development activities* The European Commission has approved a €40 million Italian aid measure to support coronavirus related research and development (R&D) by biotechnology company (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves renewing temporary amendments to Norway’s seafarer tax refund scheme in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves renewing temporary amendments to Norway’s seafarer tax refund scheme* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a renewal of temporary amendments to a Norwegian aid scheme that grants tax and social security contribution refunds. The refunds are (...)

The EU General Court hands down two judgments dismissing an airline company’s challenges against decisions by the Commission approving French and Swedish measures to support airlines in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic (Ryanair) Free
Ashurst (Brussels)
On 17 February 2021, the General Court handed down two judgments dismissing Ryanair’s challenges against decisions by the European Commission, approving French and Swedish measures to support airlines in the context of the pandemic (Cases T-238/20 and T-259/20). These judgments are the very (...)

The EU General Court dismisses the first two challenges to State aid awarded to national airlines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (Ryanair)
Covington & Burling (Brussels)
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Covington & Burling (Brussels)
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Covington & Burling (Brussels)
On 17 February 2021, the General Court of the European Union (“General Court”) in Cases T-259/20 and T-238/20 dismissed Ryanair’s challenges to pandemic aid packages introduced in France and Sweden in order to support the domestic airline sector. The judgments are the first ones where the General (...)

The EU Court of Justice dismisses two actions brought by an airline company against the Commission’s approval of State aid schemes supporting airlines holding national licences during the COVID-19 pandemic (Ryanair)
Bird & Bird (Brussels)
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Bird & Bird (Brussels)
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Bird & Bird (London)
In May 2020, Ryanair brought two separate actions against the EC approval of a Swedish and a French State aid scheme supporting airlines holding national licences under Article 107(3)(b) TFEU and Article 107(2)(b) TFEU respectively. On 17 February 2021, the General Court dismissed Ryanair’s (...)

The EU General Court rejects actions against the Commission’s decisions on COVID-19 aid schemes in the aviation sector (Ryanair) Free
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 17 February 2021, the General Court delivered two important judgments concerning State aid granted by Sweden (T-238/20) and France (T-259/20), respectively, on the basis of the Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak (the “Covid-19 (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves increased support for the tourism sector in Norway in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA approves increased support for the tourism sector in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a budget increase for the liquidity support grant scheme for businesses in Norway’s tourism sector from NOK 550 million to NOK 850 million. On 6 July (...)

The EU Commission approves €1.4 billion Swedish scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.4 billion Swedish scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved an approximately €1.4 billion (SEK 14 billion) Swedish scheme to support the uncovered fixed costs of companies affected (...)

The EU Commission approves €300 million Austrian scheme for package travel organisers and facilitators of linked travel services in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €300 million Austrian scheme for package travel organisers and facilitators of linked travel services in the context of the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €300 million Austrian scheme for package travel (...)

The UK Government launches a consultation on a domestic regime for subsidy control following the conclusion of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement with the EU
Van Bael & Bellis (London)
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Van Bael & Bellis (London)
On 3 February 2021, the UK Government started a consultation process regarding the UK’s future subsidy regime, which will be entirely separate from the existing EU state aid framework. Following the conclusion of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (the “TCA”) and the end of the Brexit (...)

The EU Commission publishes an extension of the Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy during the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Covington & Burling (Brussels)
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Covington & Burling (Brussels)
The Commission’s Temporary Framework for State aid measures supporting the economy during the Covid-19 pandemic (the “Temporary Framework”) is proving to be a success. More than 200 Member State schemes and individual measures have been cleared under the Temporary Framework since its adoption in (...)

The EU Commission expands for the fifth time the scope of the State aid Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
On January 28, the Commission extended and expanded for the fifth time the scope of the State aid Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak (the “TF”). Based on the January 28 amendment (the “Amendment”), all TF provisions, including recapitalization (...)

The EU Commission publishes its new Temporary Framework for State Aid measures to support the economy during the Covid-19 pandemic Free
College of Europe (Bruges)
Liquidity Assistance to Banks to Counter the Effects of Covid-19* Any direct public support of financial institutions affected by covid-19 has to comply with both State aid rules and the rules of the banking union. Introduction The Temporary Framework for State aid to combat covid-19 (...)

The EU Commission amends the Temporary Framework for State aid measures in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Baker McKenzie (Brussels)
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Baker McKenzie (Brussels)
On 28 January 2021, the Commission amended the Temporary Framework for COVID-19 ("Framework") again. This 5th Amendment prolongs its application until 31 December 2021. Other changes include increasing aid amounts that the Commission will approve under the Framework and allowing for limited (...)

The EU Commission adopts 5th amendment to the temporary framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak Free
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 28 January 2021, the European Commission (“Commission”) amended the Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak (the “Temporary FrameworK”). Below we outline the most relevant amendments: The application of the Temporary Framework is (...)

The EU Commission approves €12 billion German umbrella scheme to compensate companies for damages suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €12 billion German umbrella scheme to compensate companies for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found a €12 billion German umbrella scheme (final part of the Novemberhilfe package) to compensate companies for damages (...)

The EU Commission approves €1.9 billion Polish scheme to support companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.9 billion Polish scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €1.9 billion (PLN 8.6 billion) Polish scheme to support companies operating in certain sectors affected by the coronavirus-outbreak. The scheme (...)

The EU Commission approves €300 million Austrian scheme to support organisers of events affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €300 million Austrian scheme to support organisers of events affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €300 million Austrian scheme to support organisers of events affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The (...)

The EU Commission approves €202 million Croatian scheme to support companies in the tourism and sports sectors in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €202 million Croatian scheme to support companies in the tourism and sports sectors in the context of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved an approximately €202 million (HRK 1.525 billion) Croatian State aid scheme to support companies of all (...)

The EU Commission and the UK Government agree on post-Brexit State Aid law in their Trade and Cooperation Agreement
White & Case (Brussels)
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White & Case (London)
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White & Case (London)
State aid remained one of the key sticking points in Brexit negotiations right until the announcement of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement ("TCA") on Christmas Eve 2020. One of the key priorities of the European Union ("EU") during the negotiations was to secure a "level playing field" on (...)

The EU Commission approves €120 million Greek support to compensate national airline company for damages suffered due to the Covid-19 pandemic (Aegean Airlines) Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €120 million Greek support to compensate Aegean Airlines for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found a Greek grant of €120 million to Aegean Airlines to be in line with EU State aid rules. The measure aims at compensating the (...)

The EU Commission approves €2.9 billion Polish scheme to support micro, small and medium-sized enterprises due to the Covid-19 pandemic Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2.9 billion Polish scheme to support micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in context of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved an approximately €2.9 billion (PLN 13 billion) Polish State aid scheme to support micro, small and medium-sized (...)

The EU Commission approves €650 million Polish support to national network airline in context of the Covid-19 pandemic (LOT) Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €650 million Polish support to LOT in context of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved two Polish measures, for a total of about €650 million (approximately PLN 2.9 billion), to support the airline LOT in the context of the coronavirus (...)

The EU Commission publishes guiding templates to assist Member States in the design of their national recovery and resilience plans, consults on a possible extension of the general block exemption regulation, and conducts a survey on the implementation of the State aid temporary framework Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission puts forward initiatives to further facilitate implementation of recovery and coronavirus support measures * The European Commission has today published guiding templates to assist Member States in the design of their national recovery and resilience plans in line with EU (...)

The EU Commission approves a €900 million Slovenian scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €900 million Slovenian scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a Slovenian €900 million scheme to cover part of the uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the coronavirus (...)

The EU Commission issues its State aid guidance on national recovery and resilience plans and makes it clear that all investment projects must comply with State aid rules Free
Jones Day (Brussels)
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Jones Day (Paris)
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Jones Day (Madrid)
In Short The Situation: The European Commission has launched its largest ever stimulus package to support recovery of EU economies from the COVID-19 pandemic’s unprecedented economic and social disruption. Each EU Member State must submit a recovery plan and funding requests for Commission (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves State aid scheme to the Icelandic airport Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA approves ISK 15 billion in aid to Keflavík Airport* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved an Icelandic measure that will offer damage compensation to Isavia, the operator of Keflavík Airport, by increasing its share capital. Air travel has plummeted in (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves Norwegian compensation scheme for canceled and downscaled large public events as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves Norwegian compensation scheme for cancelled and downscaled large public events* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a scheme offering compensation to organisers and co-organisers of large public events for losses due to the COVID-19 (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves the granting of a state-aid to a cultural venue aiming to compensate for damages suffered as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic (Harpa) Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves ISK 400m compensation to Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved state aid for Harpa aiming to compensate for damages suffered as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has had serious (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves continued and increased support to long-distance bus and passenger boat services in Norway as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA approves continued and increased support to long-distance bus and passenger boat services in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a prolongation of a scheme to compensate losses incurred by operators of long-distance bus and passenger boat (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves prolongation of Icelandic travel voucher scheme due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolongation of Icelandic travel voucher scheme* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a prolongation of an Icelandic scheme offering digital gift vouchers of ISK 5 000 (approximately EUR 33) to individuals, which can be used to buy services (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority clears amendments to the Norwegian trade credit insurance scheme due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA clears amendments to Norwegian trade credit insurance scheme* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments to a scheme ensuring access to trade credit insurance for enterprises with activity in Norway. The changes will align the scheme with (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves continuation of a Norwegian compensation scheme for companies due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves continuation of Norwegian compensation scheme for companies* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today authorised amendments and a prolongation of a temporary compensation scheme for companies in Norway. The updated scheme reflects the continued impact of (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves additional aid to Norway’s national airport due to the COVID-19 pandemic
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves additional aid to Norway’s Torp Sandefjord Airport* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) today found a Norwegian plan to continue support to Torp Sandefjord Airport to be in line with EEA state-aid rules. The aid will help alleviate the airport’s financial losses (...)

The EU Commission gives green light to the pan-European guarantee fund to enable up to €200 billion of additional financing for companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak in 21 Member States Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission gives green light to the Pan-European Guarantee Fund to enable up to €200 billion financing for companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak in 21 Member States* The European Commission found the creation of a €25 billion Pan-European Guarantee Fund managed by the (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves Icelandic grant scheme for businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves Icelandic grant scheme for businesses* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved an Icelandic scheme that will offer grants to companies suffering income losses as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, (...)

The EU Commission authorises pan-European guarantee fund for companies affected by the Covid-19 outbreak Free
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 14 December 2020, the Commission authorised the creation of a € 25 billion Pan-European Guarantee Fund managed by the European Investment Bank (“EIB”) to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The creation of this Pan-European Guarantee Fund (the “Fund”) was endorsed by the (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to the Norwegian support scheme for cultural events due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA approves amendments to Norwegian support scheme for cultural events* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments to a scheme to cover losses due to cancellation or postponement of events. Norway notified ESA on 14 December of changes to the (...)

The EU Commission approves €106.7 million restructuring aid and €30.2 compensation for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak in favour of French airline (Corsair)
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €106.7 million restructuring aid and €30.2 compensation for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak in favour of French airline Corsair* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, two French measures in favour of Corsair, an airline active (...)

The EU Commission approves €20 million voucher scheme to support access to broadband services by students in Greece essential in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €20 million voucher scheme to support access to broadband services by students in Greece* The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules a €20 million voucher scheme to help students in Greece access broadband services and benefit from remote online (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to support scheme for Norwegian tourism sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments to support scheme for Norwegian tourism sector* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a prolongation of and amendments to the Norwegian liquidity support grant scheme for businesses in the tourism sector. On 6 July 2020, ESA found (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to grant scheme for Norwegian traders of package travels due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments to grant scheme for Norwegian traders of package travels* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments to a Norwegian scheme that provides access to liquidity for tour operators offering package holidays. The package-holiday (...)

The EU Commission approves €625 million Italian scheme to support tour operators and travel agencies affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €625 million Italian scheme to support tour operators and travel agencies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €625 million Italian scheme to support tour operators and travel agencies in Italy affected by the coronavirus (...)

The EU Commission approves German “umbrella” scheme to enable capital support to enterprises affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves German “umbrella” scheme to enable capital support to enterprises affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved German plans to set up a scheme under which the German federal and regional authorities can invest through debt and equity (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to a compensation scheme for bus and passenger boat services in Norway due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments to a compensation scheme for bus and passenger boat services in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments making it easier for eligible bus and boat service operators to access funding. On 20 July 2020, ESA approved (...)

The EU Commission approves Austrian measures to support rail freight and passenger operators affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Austrian measures to support rail freight and passenger operators affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, two Austrian measures supporting the rail freight sector and one measure supporting the rail (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves prolonged support to airlines in Norway due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolonged support to airlines in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved an amendment and prolongation of the existing guarantee scheme for airline operators facing acute liquidity shortages until 30 June 2021. Air travel has plummeted (...)

The EU Commission approves €120 million Luxembourg scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €120 million Luxembourg scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a Luxembourg State aid scheme to support the uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the coronavirus (...)

The EU Commission approves Austrian ”Fixkostenzuschuss Phase II” scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Austrian ”Fixkostenzuschuss Phase II” scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved the Austrian “Fixkostenzuschuss Phase II” scheme to support the uncovered fixed costs of companies (...)

The EU Commission approves Danish fund to enable €1.34 billion of capital support to large companies affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Danish fund to enable €1.34 billion of capital support to large companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved Danish plans to set up a fund with a target size of up to DKK 10 billion (approximately €1.34 billion) to recapitalise (...)

The EU Commission approves German “umbrella” scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves German “umbrella” scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a German “umbrella” scheme to support the uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme (...)

The Polish Competition Authority extends its aid programs to help entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Polish Competition Authority (Warsaw)
UOKiK notifies extension of aid programmes* On 13 November of this year UOKiK has notified the extension of the aid programmes to the European Union, the objective of which is to support Polish entrepreneurs in relation to the Covid-19 epidemic. The Authority expects the EC to issue its (...)

The EU Commission Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager gives a speech on the future of State aid rules for the recovery from the current COVID-19 outbreak Free
Jones Day (Brussels)
On 16 November 2020, Executive VP and Competition Commissioner Vestager spoke at the State Aid High Level Forum of the Member States, focusing on new State aid rules to respond to the current economic crisis caused by the pandemic. In addition to the Temporary Framework for State Aid, which is (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves Norwegian prolongation of trade credit insurance scheme due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolongation of trade credit insurance scheme* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved the prolongation of a scheme ensuring access to trade credit insurance for enterprises with activity in Norway. The scheme aims to ensure access to trade (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves prolongation of Norwegian guarantee scheme that ensures access to liquidity for companies due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolongation of Norwegian support to businesses* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments to a guarantee scheme in Norway that ensures access to liquidity for companies, including a prolongation of the scheme. On 26 March 2020, ESA (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves Icelandic schemes to compensate companies suffering income losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves Icelandic schemes to compensate companies* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved two Icelandic schemes that will offer direct grants to companies suffering income losses as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Since the outbreak of the (...)

The EU Commission approves €1.5 billion Dutch scheme to compensate public transport companies for damages suffered due to COVID-19 outbreak Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.5 billion Dutch scheme to compensate public transport companies for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Dutch scheme of around €1.5 billion to compensate companies providing regional and (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves Norwegian renewal of support scheme for cultural events due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves renewal of support scheme for cultural events in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved renewal and amendments of a scheme to cover losses following cancellation and postponement of events. Events across Norway have been cancelled or (...)