The German Parliament adopts a new amendment to the Act Against Restraints of Competition in order to adapt its competition law to the digital economy

On 9 June 2017, the 9th amendment of the German Act Against Restraints of Competition (ARC) entered into effect introducing important amendments for companies to German competition law. The reform deals with two main issues: the implementation of the European Cartel Damages Actions Directive and the adaption of German competition law to the challenges of the digital economy. The new provisions amongst others deal with merger control, the handling of "free" services, e.g. social media, and with the assessment of market power, in particular in the digital industry. This reform is likely to shape competition law practice in Germany and Europe over the next years. Many questions remain open, especially in the practical handling of the newly introduced size-of-transaction test in German

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Christian Ritz, Falk Schöning, Christoph Wunschmann, The German Parliament adopts a new amendment to the Act Against Restraints of Competition in order to adapt its competition law to the digital economy, 9 juin 2017, e-Competitions June 2017, Art. N° 84329

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