The Turkish Competition Authority investigates price-fixing and non-compete provisions in franchising agreements (DiaSA / Complaining Franchisees)

Two complaints were lodged against DiaSA by its franchisees alleging that the provisions and application of DiaSA's franchise agreements are in violation of the Act on Protection of Competition Numbered 4054 [1] (“Competition Act”). The Competition Board (“CB”) examined the price and non-compete provisions of the franchise agreements and their application after receiving the complaints mentioned above. The parties under investigation are DiaSA which is a partnership formed by Sabancı Holding, a Turkish holding company, and Dia, which is a subsidiary of the Carrefour Group. Relevant Market The CB stated that the main actors in the fast-moving consumer goods retail sector are hypermarkets, supermarkets, medium-sized markets, small markets, grocery stores, kiosks, and specialty stores. The

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Ercüment Erdem, The Turkish Competition Authority investigates price-fixing and non-compete provisions in franchising agreements (DiaSA / Complaining Franchisees), 25 November 2009, e-Competitions Franchising, Art. N° 30627

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