Competition Law & Covid-19

Foreword Exploitative abuses, price gouging & COVID-19: The cases pursued by EU and national competition authorities

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 “excessive” prices—during the crisis. Governments are investigating based on a variety of different (...)

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Anticompetitive practices

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) New
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 3 business associations in the pharmaceutical and financial sectors reaffirming the need to apply competition rules during the COVID-19 pandemic (National Association of Pharmacies / Portuguese Banking Association / Association of Specialized Credit Institutions) New
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 New Zealand Competition Authority issues guidance on business collaboration during COVID-19
New Zealand Commerce Commission
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 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)
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 (...)

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)
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 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)
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 New
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 (...)

Collaboration among competitors & COVID-19: The impact on EU and national case laws
McDermott Will & Emery (Düsseldorf)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Brussels)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Düsseldorf)
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 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
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
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 Mexican Competition Authority clarifies which agreements between competitors will be allowed during COVID-19
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, pharmaceuticals, food, and commerce important for fighting the COVID-19 outbreak
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 COVID-19 to consumers resident in Europe (ContextLogic / Wish)
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)
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 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
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 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
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 UK Government publishes an Order to the Competition Act in order to exclude certain arrangements in the healthcare sector to tackle the COVID-19 pressures
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 UK Secretary of State announces temporary competition law arrangements in the groceries sector
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 (...)

Competition policy & COVID-19: An overview of antitrust agencies’ responses
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 US DoJ and FTC announce their aim to respond within one week to COVID-19 collaborative proposals submitted following the agencies’ respective processes
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 Danish Competition Authority reminds companies that competition law remains in force and will be enforced during the COVID-19 outbreak
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 to the cooperation between undertakings during the COVID-19 crisis New
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 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)
Hong Kong Competition Commission
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 United Publishing (Holdings) Limited (“Companies”); and an individual Mr. (...)

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
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 UK Government and the Competition Authority adopt two recent measures against shortages and high prices during the COVID-19 outbreak
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 allows supermarkets to work together without infringing competition law during the COVID-19 outbreak
Cooley (London)
The COVID-19 outbreak is placing significant demands on the UK grocery sector. In particular, panic buying by consumers has led to empty shelves and increased pressure on the supply chain to replenish high demand items. This situation is being exacerbated by staff shortages, as employees (...)

The EU Commission vets public statements of Eurocommerce for the non-food retailers to take measures against the major crisis due to COVID-19
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 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)
University of Turin
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University of 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
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
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 and FTC publish a statement on the violation of antitrust laws in connection with the manufacturing, distribution, or sale of public health products during the COVID-19 situation
Sheppard Mullin (Washington)
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Sheppard Mullin (San Francisco)
DOJ and FTC To Focus On Antitrust and Consumer Protection Violations Relating to Coronavirus* The rapidly evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation is impacting local and global companies, disrupting supply chains, creating volatility in the stock market, and causing great concern in local (...)

The US DoJ announces its intention to continue to hold businesses accountable for per se criminal violations of antitrust laws during the COVID-19 situation
Proskauer (Washington)
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Proskauer (London)
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Proskauer (Washington)
As businesses across the globe grapple with the changing realities presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. and international antitrust enforcers have warned that business should continue to mind the antitrust laws. Global enforcers are also focusing on the role competition laws play as (...)

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
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 US DOJ warns businesses against price fixing, bid rigging, and market sharing in the manufacturing, distribution, and sale of public health products in the face of COVID-19 outbreak
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 publishes a statement cautioning that the antitrust laws remain in effect and agreements among competitors that set commercial terms may be illegal
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 announces its intention to hold accountable anyone who violates the antitrust laws of the United States in connection with the manufacturing, distribution, or sale of public health products following the COVID-19 outbreak
Eversheds Sutherland (New York)
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Eversheds Sutherland (Washington D.C.)
As we all respond to COVID-19 (the coronavirus), we should keep an eye on the responsive measures being taken by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), and consider how those measures might impact companies and individuals globally. The DOJ acts in several roles, including as a part of law (...)

The US DoJ signals it will step up enforcement in response to COVID-19 and will hold accountable anyone who violates the antitrust laws in connection with the manufacturing, distribution, or sale of public health products
Cooley (Washington)
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Cooley (San Francisco)
The DOJ’s Antitrust Division has signaled it will step up enforcement in response to COVID-19. While pandemics and Sherman Act investigations may not seem like the most intuitive pairing, it actually fits a historic pattern in which the DOJ ramps up antitrust enforcement during crises. There are (...)

The US DoJ publishes a reminder that emergency efforts do not negate the requirement to adhere to the antitrust laws and the COVID-19 situation is not an opportunity to violate those laws
Epstein Baker Green (Washington DC)
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Epstein Baker Green (Washington DC)
As organizations are working to respond to the 2019 novel coronavirus (known as “COVID-19”), the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued a reminder that emergency efforts do not negate the requirement to adhere to the antitrust laws, and that the DOJ stands ready to respond to market participants (...)

The US DoJ and FTC warn companies and would-be scammers that they will use their consumer protection and competition enforcement powers to go after anyone trying to take advantage of the COVID-19 outbreak
Lowenstein Sandler (Washington)
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Lowenstein Sandler (Washington)
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Lowenstein Sandler (Washington)
COVID-19: The Reaction of U.S. Antitrust Agencies* COVID-19 has impacted nearly every aspect of American life right now, and there are myriad legal issues companies are facing from the pandemic’s fallout. These include antitrust considerations, ranging from potentially criminal conduct to (...)

The California, New York and Washington Attorneys General announce their intent to take action against unfair "price gouging" and the US DOJ focuses on public health products during the COVID-19 situation
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
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 (...)

Unilateral Practices

The UK Competition Authority publishes update on its COVID-19 taskforce, including number of excessive pricing complaints and investigations
DG COMP (Brussels)
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)
Herbert Smith Freehills (China)
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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 French West Indies
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
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, 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)
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 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)
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 Turkish Competition Authority makes a statement as to the developments in the prices in the food market during the COVID-19 outbreak
Erdem & Erdem (Istanbul)
An important statement is made by the Competition Authority (“Authority”) regarding the recent developments in the prices in the food market through the public announcement dated 23 March 2020 and published in the Authority’s web site. In the announcement, it is stated that excessive increase in (...)

The Turkish Competition Authority announces zero tolerance policy against excessive price increases in the food sector during the COVID-19 outbreak
ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law (Istanbul)
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ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law (Istanbul)
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ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law (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
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 writes an open letter to the pharmaceutical and food and drink industries warning them not to exploit the COVID-19 outbreak to charge prices that might be deemed excessive
British 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
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
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, respiratory masks and hygiene products (Amazon / eBay)
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 urgent injunction against dominant online retail company’s new policy after policy is changed due to COVID-19 (Rakuten Ichiba)
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 in the country
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 EU Commission opens in-depth investigation into 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) New
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 New
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 Spanish Competition Authority clears merger of travel agencies (Barceló / Globalia) New
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 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)
British 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)
British 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 warns that it will not relax its substantive or evidentiary standards for merger investigations during the COVID-19 pandemic
Morgan Lewis (London)
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Morgan Lewis (London)
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Morgan Lewis (London)
New guidance from the UK Competition and Markets Authority warns that it will not relax its substantive or evidentiary standards for merger investigations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Statutory deadlines will not be altered, although aspects of investigations may be subject to (...)

The UK Competition Authority publishes guidance on its approach to merger control during the COVID-19 pandemic
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 new guidance on its approach to merger assessments during the COVID-19 pandemic and confirms that it does not intend to change either merger control assessments or deadlines despite the outbreak
White & Case (London)
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White & Case (London)
The CMA has published new guidance on its approach to merger assessments during the Coronavirus pandemic, confirming that it does not intend to change either merger control assessments or deadlines, despite the outbreak. The guidance acknowledges that merging parties may have difficulty (...)

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
British 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 Indian Competition Authority continues to require electronic filing of merger notifications, and announces further delays of notification deadlines due to the COVID-19 pandemic
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 UK Competition Authority announces its provisional clearance of a proposed acquisition of a stake in a food delivery company in its first application of “failing firm” defence during the COVID-19 pandemic (Amazon / Deliveroo)
Herbert Smith Freehills (London)
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Herbert Smith Freehills (Brussels)
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Herbert Smith Freehills (London)
On 17 April 2020 the CMA announced its provisional clearance of Amazon’s proposed acquisition of a stake in Deliveroo. The transaction was referred for an in-depth Phase 2 investigation in December 2019, in light of concerns about the impact on competition for the supply of online restaurant (...)

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)
British 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 Danish Competition Authority suspends merger control deadlines due to the COVID-19 outbreak
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 Danish Competition Authority extends the suspension of merger review time limits during the COVID-19 crisis
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 Lithuanian Competition Authority announces that merger review might be delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak making data collection from market participants more difficult
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 Austrian Competition Authority requires electronic notification of mergers and announces delays in merger control due to COVID-19 restrictions
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 blocks merger between online airline booking providers despite their sector being significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak (Sabre / Farelogix)
British 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 states that a private hospital merger will be cleared if it can address local competition concerns, and recognizes the difficulty faced by merging parties due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Circle Health / BMI Healthcare)
British 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 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
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 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)
British 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 Canadian Competition Authority announces that its 2020 pre-merger notification thresholds will remain the same level as last year
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
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 US FTC provides guidance on COVID-19’s impact on HSR filing timelines
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
Karanovic & Nikolic (Belgrade)
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Karanovic & Nikolic (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 Australian Competition Authority provides guidance for the merger clearances, authorisations, notifications and CTMs during the COVID-19 pandemic
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 French Competition Authority publishes its adaptation of the time limits and procedures during the COVID-19 outbreak
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 UK Competition Authority clarifies that the UK merger control regime is still operating despite the COVID-19 pandemic
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 allows payment of gun-jumping fine in instalments due to the COVID-19 outbreak (Hospital Particular do Algarve)
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 Portuguese Competition Authority fines a hospital for gun jumping but accepts payment of fine in multiple instalments not to negatively affect the hospital’s operations during the COVID-19 pandemic (Hospital Particular do Algarve)
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 French Competition Authority encourages delay of new mergers, requires electronic submission, and extends processing times as special measures due to COVID-19
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 Irish Competition Authority announces temporary changes to the merger notification process due to the COVID-19 outbreak
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 Danish Competition Authority suspends its time limits for merger review for 14 days as special measure due to COVID-19
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 encourages delay of merger filings and establishes a temporary process for electronic notification of mergers as special measures due to COVID-19
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 Brazilian Competition Authority implements measures in line with WHO recommendations against the spread of the COVID-19
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 is not able to guarantee the usual processing delays for mergers since its staff is working remotely during the COVID-19 situation
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 Spanish Government updates foreign investment screening regime in light of COVID-19 and prohibits or severely limits foreign acquisition of companies active in sectors related to public order, public security or public health
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
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 US Premerger Notification Office implements a temporary e-filing system for submission of HSR filings
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (New York)
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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Washington DC)
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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (New York)
As a result of developments relating to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the Premerger Notification Office (PNO) of the Federal Trade Commission has announced that it will implement a temporary e-filing system for Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) filings. During this period, all HSR filings must be (...)

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
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 US FTC and US DoJ announces modifications to their policies and procedures, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including timing and processes in place for reviewing transaction subject to mandatory reporting under HSR
Cooley (Washington)
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Cooley (Washington)
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Cooley (Washington)
Antitrust FAQs for Merging Parties What modifications have the FTC and DOJ made for transactions reportable under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act? Will timing to receive HSR clearance be impacted? While the federal antitrust agencies, the Federal Trade Commission and US Department of Justice (the (...)

The US DoJ announces antitrust civil process changes for pendency of COVID-19 events and confirms that the HSR review process will be significantly impacted
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 EU Commission adjusts merger filing process in response to COVID-19 crisis
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 delay of merger notifications and electronic submission as special measures due to COVID-19
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 EU Commission updates its practical guidance to merging parties and encourages companies to delay merger notifications until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak
O’Melveny & Myers (Hong Kong)
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O’Melveny & Myers (Washington DC)
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O’Melveny & Myers (Brussels)
The European Commission (the “EC”) has updated its practical guidance to merging parties “encouraging companies to delay merger notifications originally planned until further notice, where possible.” The unprecedented move comes in response to the expanding crisis management measures that (...)

The Finnish Competition Authority requires companies to contact the Authority before notifying new merger transaction due to COVID-19 outbreak
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 encourages companies to delay merger notifications until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak
Bird & Bird (Dusseldorf)
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Bird & Bird (Belgium)
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 US DoJ and FTC implement policies in response to COVID-19 including new measures to the HSR e-filing system
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 US DoJ and FTC implement a temporary e-filing system for premerger notification documents
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft (New York)
As businesses and government agencies continue to take measures in response to the new coronavirus, one area of notable change is the federal merger clearance process. On March 13, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) implemented a temporary e-filing system (...)

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
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
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
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 FTC Premerger Notification Office temporarily institutes mandatory e-filing system as special measure due to COVID-19
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 FTC and EU Commission struggle to balance the need for business and the practical challenges for mergers during the COVID-19 outbreak
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Brussels)
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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Brussels)
COVID-19 is impacting all sectors of the economy and society, and merger review is no exception. Competition authorities are struggling to balance the need for business continuity and compliance with administrative deadlines on the one hand, with a variety of practical challenges on the other. (...)

The US FTC introduces temporary electronic HSR filing and stops granting early terminations for all filings due to COVID-19 measures
Sheppard Mullin (Los Angeles)
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Sheppard Mullin (Washington)
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Sheppard Mullin (Washington)
In response to COVID-19, the FTC’s Premerger Notification Office (PNO) just announced several changes for all Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) filings going forward. While these changes have been described as temporary, no specific end date has been identified. Hard copy HSR filings will no longer be (...)

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
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
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 EU Commission approves €600 million Finnish guarantee scheme to support maritime companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak New
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €600 million Finnish guarantee scheme to support maritime companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €600 million Finnish aid scheme to support the maritime companies in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme (...)

The EU Commission approves Lithuanian fund to enable up to €1 billion of liquidity and capital support to medium-sized and large enterprises affected by the COVID-19 outbreak New
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Lithuanian fund to enable up to €1 billion of liquidity and capital support to medium-sized and large enterprises affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved Lithuanian plans to set up a fund with a target size of up to €1 billion (...)

The EU Commission approves Dutch guarantee scheme to stabilise trade credit insurance market in COVID-19 outbreak New
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Dutch guarantee scheme to stabilise trade credit insurance market in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Dutch guarantee scheme to support the trade credit insurance market in face of the coronavirus outbreak. (...)

The EU Commission approves €2.2 billion Polish subsidised loan scheme for large enterprises affected by COVID-19 outbreak New
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2.2 billion Polish subsidised loan scheme for large enterprises affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a Polish subsidised loan scheme to support large enterprisesin the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The measure was approved (...)

The EU Commission approves €8 billion Austrian scheme to compensate companies for damage caused by COVID-19 outbreak New
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €8 billion Austrian scheme to compensate companies for damage caused by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found a €8 billion Austrian scheme to compensate companies for damages related to the coronavirus outbreak to be in line with EU State aid (...)

The EU Commission approves €9 billion Italian “umbrella” scheme to support economy in COVID-19 outbreak New
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €9 billion Italian “umbrella” scheme to support economy in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €9 billion Italian “umbrella” scheme to support the Italian economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the (...)

The EU Commission approves €18.5 billion Czech guarantee scheme for companies affected by COVID-19 outbreak New
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €18.5 billion Czech guarantee scheme for companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved an approximately €18.5 billion (CZK 500 billion) Czech scheme for guarantees on loans to support lending to companies with up to 500 employees (...)

The EU Commission approves Danish guarantee scheme to stabilise trade credit insurance market in COVID-19 outbreak New
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Danish guarantee scheme to stabilise trade credit insurance market in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Danish guarantee scheme to support the trade credit insurance market in face of the coronavirus outbreak. (...)

The EU Commission approves €11.5 million Maltese scheme to support investments in the production of COVID-19-relevant products
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €11.5 million Maltese scheme to support investments in the production of coronavirus-relevant products* The European Commission has approved a Maltese aid scheme of €11.5 million to support investments in the production of productsthat are relevant to the (...)

The EU Commission approves €1.5 million Latvian scheme to support companies active in the agricultural sector affected by COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.5 million Latvian scheme to support companies active in the agricultural sector affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €1.5 million Latvian scheme to support companies active in the primary agricultural production sector (...)

The EU Commission approves €322 million Croatian loan guarantees and subsidised loans scheme for micro, small and medium-sized companies affected by COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €322 million Croatian loan guarantees and subsidised loans scheme for micro, small and medium-sized companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved an approximately €322 million (HRK 2.450 million) Croatian scheme for loan (...)

The EU Commission approves €25 million Belgian aid scheme to support COVID-19 related research and development activities in Wallonia
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €25 million Belgian aid scheme to support coronavirus related research and development activities in Wallonia* The European Commission has approved a €25 million Belgian aid scheme to support coronavirus related research and development (R&D) in Wallonia.The (...)

The EU Commission approves French guarantee scheme for exporting small and midsize companies affected by COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves French guarantee scheme for exporting small and midsize companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a French guarantee scheme for small and midsize companies with export activities that are affected (...)

The EU Commission invites comments on updated proposal on simplified rules for State aid combined with EU support, inspired by temporary rules for aid to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission invites comments on updated proposal on simplified rules for State aid combined with EU support* The European Commission is inviting Member States and other stakeholders to comment on its updated proposal to exempt from prior Commission scrutiny under EU State aid rules (...)

The EU Commission approves € 10.3 billion UK scheme to support self-employed individuals and members of partnerships during the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves € 10.3 billion UK scheme to support self-employed individuals and members of partnerships during the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a GBP 9 billion (approximately € 10.3 billion) UK aid scheme to support self-employed individuals and (...)

The EU Commission approves €500 million Greek scheme to support the self-employed affected by COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €500 million Greek scheme to support the self-employed affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €500 million Greek scheme to support self-employed individuals, including self-employed managers of small companies in sectors affected (...)

The EU Commission approves €450 million Polish scheme in the form of loans and guarantees to support companies affected by COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €450 million Polish scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €450 million scheme (approximately PLN 2 billion)to support the Polish economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The support measures (...)

The EU Commission approves €650 million Dutch scheme to compensate companies in the floriculture, speciality horticulture and potato sectors for damage caused by COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €650 million Dutch scheme to compensate companies in the floriculture, specialty horticulture and potato sectors for damage caused by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found a €650 million Dutch scheme that compensates companies in the floriculture, (...)

The EU Commission expands temporary framework to recapitalisation and subordinated debt measures to further support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission expands Temporary Framework to recapitalisation and subordinated debt measures to further support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has adopted a second amendment to extend the scope of the State aid Temporary Framework (...)

The EU Commission extends its COVID-19 State aid rules to recapitalisation and subordinated debt measure New
White & Case (Brussels)
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White & Case (Brussels)
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White & Case (Brussels)
In anticipation of the wave of requests from stricken companies due to the COVID-19 outbreak for more long-term State support, on 8 May, the Commission extended the scope of its State aid Temporary Framework to allow Member States to take stakes in non-financial companies affected by the (...)

The EU Commission approves €314 million Hungarian guarantee scheme to support SMEs active in the agri-food value chain during the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €314 million Hungarian guarantee scheme to support SMEs active in the agri-food value chain during the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a Hungarian scheme to support the agri-food value chain in the context of the coronavirus outbreak, (...)

The EU Commission approves €7.3 million Czech scheme to support research and development activities related to COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €7.3 million Czech scheme to support research and development activities related to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a CZK 200 million (approximately €7.3 million) Czech aid scheme to support research and development (R&D) activities (...)

The EU Commission approves €40 million Finnish direct grant schemes to support companies in the agriculture and fishery sectors affected by COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €40 million Finnish direct grant schemes to support companies in the agriculture and fishery sectors affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved two Finnish schemes, with a total budget of €40 million, to support the agricultural and (...)

The EU Commission approves €10 million Greek direct grant scheme to support companies in the floriculture sector affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €10 million Greek scheme to support companies in the floriculture sector affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €10 million Greek State aid scheme to support the floriculture primary production sector in the context of the (...)

The EU Commission approves €296 million Danish loan schemes to support start-ups affected by COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €296 million Danish loan schemes to support start-ups affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved two Danish loan schemes to support start-up companies in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The loan schemes, with a total budget of (...)

The EU Commission approves €5.2 billion Czech guarantee scheme for loans to large exporting companies affected by COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €5.2 billion Czech guarantee scheme for loans to large exporting companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved an approximately €5.2 billion (CZK 142 billion) Czech guarantee scheme for large companies with export activities (...)

The EU Commission approves Belgian €250 million subordinated loan scheme to support start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Belgian €250 million subordinated loan scheme to support start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a Belgian scheme of €250 million, financed by the Flemish region, to support companies in the context (...)

The EU Commission approves French plans to provide €7 billion in urgent liquidity support to Air France due to the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves French plans to provide €7 billion in urgent liquidity support to Air France* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €7 billion French aid measure consisting of a State guarantee on loans and a shareholder loan to Air France to provide (...)

The EU Commission approves €30 million Italian scheme to support SMEs in the agriculture and fishery sectors affected by COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €30 million Italian scheme to support SMEs in the agriculture and fishery sectors affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €30 million Italian scheme to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the agricultural and (...)

The EU Commission approves four Danish schemes granting tax deferrals and comparable measures to ease liquidity constraints in SME’s facing difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic
DG COMP (Brussels)
STATE AID: COMMISSION APPROVES €130 MILLION DANISH SCHEMES TO SUPPORT SMES AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK* The European Commission has approved four Danish schemes with a budget of DKK 970 million (approximately €130 million) granting tax deferrals and comparable measures to ease liquidity (...)

The EU Commission approves a Belgian scheme of €530 million to support companies during the COVID-19 outbreak through guarantees
DG COMP (Brussels)
STATE AID: COMMISSION APPROVES GUARANTEE SCHEME OF UP TO €530 MILLION TO SUPPORT THE WALLOON ECONOMY IN CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK* The European Commission has approved a Belgian scheme of up to €530 million, financed by the Walloon region, to support companies in the context of the coronavirus (...)

The EU Commission approves modification of the State aid Greek scheme to guarantee measure to support companies affected by the COVID-19 crisis
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves modification of Greek guarantee measure to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved Greece’s modification of a previously approved guarantee scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak, (...)

The EU Commission approves a €101,5 million Lithuanian rent compensation scheme to support sectors affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €101.5 million Lithuanian rent compensation scheme to support sectors affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a Lithuanian €101.5 million rent compensation scheme to support tenants operating in certain sectors, including retail, (...)

The EU Commission approves a €2 billion Slovenian guarantee and rent relief schemes to support companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2 billion Slovenian guarantee and rent relief schemes to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved two Slovenian schemes to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The schemes were approved under the (...)

The EU Commission approves German “umbrella” scheme to support research, development, testing and production of COVID-19 relevant products
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves German “umbrella” scheme to support research, development, testing and production of coronavirus relevant products* The European Commission has approved a German “umbrella” scheme to support research, development, testing and production of coronavirus relevant (...)

The EU Commission approves €900 million Hungarian schemes to support companies affected by COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €900 million Hungarian schemes to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved three Hungarian aid measures, with a total budget of around € 900 million, to support the Hungarian economy in the context of the coronavirus (...)

The EU Commission approves €5 billion loan guarantee by France to the Renault group to mitigate economic impact of COVID-19 outbreak (Renault)
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €5 billion loan guarantee by France to the Renault group to mitigate economic impact of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a French aid measure consisting of a €5 billion loan guarantee to the Renault group to mitigate the economic impact of (...)

The EU Commission approves €1.55 billion Hungarian guarantee scheme to support companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.55 billion Hungarian guarantee scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €1.55 billion (approximately HUF 550 billion) Hungarian aid scheme to support the Hungarian economy in the context of the (...)

The EU Commission approves two additional Estonian schemes including public guarantees and loans to support companies affected by COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves two additional Estonian schemes to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved two Estonian State aid schemes to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The schemes were approved under the State aid (...)

The EU Commission approves a €550 million German State-guaranteed loan to compensate airline Condor for damage caused by COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €550 million German State-guaranteed loan to compensate airline Condor for damage caused by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found a State-guaranteed €550 million public loan in favour of German charter airline Condor to be in line with EU State (...)

The EU Commission approves €4 million Belgian scheme to support COVID-19 related research and development projects
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €4 million Belgian scheme to support coronavirus related research and development projects* The European Commission has approved a €4 million Belgian direct grant scheme for the Brussels-Capital region to support coronavirus related research and development (...)

The EU Commission approves €16.6 billion Polish repayable advance scheme to support companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €16.6 billion Polish repayable advance scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a Polish scheme in the form of repayable advances, with a total budget of €16.6 billion(approximately PLN 75 billion), to (...)

The EU Commission approves €100 million Dutch subsidised loan scheme to support SMEs affected by COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €100 million Dutch subsidised loan scheme to support SMEs affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €100 million Dutch State aid scheme to support small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The (...)

The EU Commission approves €5 million Lithuanian scheme in the form of loan interest payments for SMEs active in road freight transport affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €5 million Lithuanian scheme for SMEs active in road freight transport affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €5 million direct grant scheme to support the Lithuanian economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The (...)

The EU Commission approves a €137 million Swedish State aid public guarantee to compensate an airline company for damage suffered due to the COVID-19 crisis
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Swedish public guarantee of up to €137 million to compensate airline SAS for damage caused by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found a Swedish State guarantee of up to approximately €137 million on a revolving credit facility in favour of (...)

The EU Commission approves second Spanish “umbrella” scheme to support economy in COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves second Spanish “umbrella” scheme to support economy in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved the second Spanish “umbrella” scheme to support the Spanish economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State (...)

The EU Commission approves a €125 million Maltese State aid employment scheme to help sectors affected by the COVID-19 crisis
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €215 million Maltese employment aid scheme to support sectors affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €215 million Maltese wage subsidies scheme to support companies operating in the sectors affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The (...)

The EU Commission approves a €2 billion Slovenian State aid scheme including a dozen of measures to support companies affected by the COVID-19 crisis
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2 billion Slovenian “umbrella” scheme to support the economy in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €2 billion Slovenian State aid scheme to support the Slovenian economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved (...)

The EU Commission approves Belgian €200,000 direct grant scheme to support agricultural and aquaculture sectors in Brussels-Capital region following COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €200,000 direct grant scheme to support agricultural and aquaculture sectors in Brussels-Capital region following coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €200,000 Belgian regional scheme to support agricultural and aquaculture sectors in the (...)

The EU Commission approves €3 billion Finnish scheme that includes both direct grants and loan guarantees to support companies affected by COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €3 billion Finnish scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a Finnish scheme to support the Finnish economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary (...)

The EU Commission approves a €700 million Polish State aid scheme to support companies including the agricultural and fishery sectors that are affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €700 million Polish aid scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €700 million scheme to support the Polish economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The support measures available under the (...)

The EU Commission approves €7.8 billion Polish schemes to support companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak including direct grants, tax deferrals, and wage subsidies
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €7.8 billion Polish schemes to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved 11 Polish State aid schemes, with a total budget of PLN 35.1 billion (approximately €7.8 billion), to support the Polish economy in the (...)

The EU Commission approves a €150 million Bulgarian scheme to support SMEs affected by COVID-19 outbreak with equity and quasi-equity investments
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves a €150 million Bulgarian scheme to support SMEs affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €150 million (approx. BGN 294 million) Bulgarian scheme to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the context of the coronavirus (...)

The EU Commission approves €110 million Polish loan and guarantee scheme to support the economy in COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €110 million Polish loan and guarantee scheme to support the economy in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a PLN 500 million (approximately €110 million) Polish aid scheme to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. (...)

The EU Commission approves €38 million Swedish scheme to compensate damages caused by cancelled or postponed cultural events due to COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €38 million Swedish scheme to compensate damages caused by cancelled or postponed cultural events due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules a SEK 420 million (approximately €38 million) Swedish scheme that (...)

The EU Commission approves Dutch guarantee scheme of up to €10 billion to support the economy in the context of COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Dutch guarantee scheme of up to €10 billion to support the economy in context of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a Dutch loan guarantee scheme of up to €10 billion to support the Dutch economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. (...)

The EU Commission approves €5.3 million Maltese scheme to support research and development related to COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €5.3 million Maltese scheme to support research and development related to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €5.3 million Maltese direct grants scheme to support investment in research and development (R&D) related to the coronavirus (...)

The EU Commission approves €100 million Italian guarantee scheme to support SMEs in the agriculture, forestry, fishery and aquaculture sectors affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €100 million Italian guarantee scheme to support SMEs in the agriculture, forestry, fishery and aquaculture sectors affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €100 million Italian State aid scheme to support small and medium-sized (...)

The EU Commission approves €50 million Italian subsidised loans scheme to support agriculture, forestry and fishery sectors affected by COVID-19 outbreak in Friuli Venezia Giulia region
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €50 million Italian subsidised loans scheme to support agriculture, forestry and fishery sectors affected by coronavirus outbreak in Friuli Venezia Giulia region* The European Commission has approved a €50 million Italian scheme to support the agricultural, (...)

The EU Commission approves €200 million Irish scheme in the form of direct grants, repayable advances, equity injections, and subsidised loans to support companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €200 million Irish scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €200 million Irish scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme, called “Sustaining Enterprise Scheme”, was (...)

The EU Commission approves €2 billion Finnish public guarantee and subsidised loan scheme to support companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2 billion Finnish public guarantee and subsidised loan scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €2 billion Finnish aid scheme to support the Finnish economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. (...)

The EU Commission approves €2 billion Slovak employment aid scheme to preserve jobs and support the self-employed during the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2 billion Slovak employment aid scheme to preserve jobs and support the self-employed during the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €2 billion Slovak aid scheme for preserving employment and supporting self-employed individuals affected (...)

The EU Commission approves €75.5 million Estonian schemes in the form of direct grants and payment advantages to support companies in COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €75.5 million Estonian schemes in the form of direct grants and payment advantages to support companies in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved eight Estonian State aid schemes in the form of direct grants and payment advantages to provide (...)

The EU Commission approves €7 billion French “umbrella” scheme to support the economy in the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €7 billion French “umbrella” scheme to support the economy in the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €7 billion French “umbrella” scheme to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and large corporates in France affected by the (...)

The EU Commission approves an Austrian State aid scheme to support small and medium-sized enterprises during the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Austrian guarantee schemes to support SMEs affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved Austrian guarantee schemes to support Austrian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The schemes (...)

The EU Commission approves a €1 billion Hungary State aid scheme to support companies through direct grants, loans and equity measures during the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1 billion Hungarian aid scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a HUF 350 billion (approximately €1 billion) scheme to support the Hungarian economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The (...)

The EU Commission approves a €140 million Portuguese State aid scheme to support investment in research and development during the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €140 million Portuguese scheme to support investment in research, development, testing and production of coronavirus relevant products* The European Commission has approved a €140 million Portuguese aid scheme to support investment in research and development (...)

The EU Commission approves a €4 million Croatian State aid scheme in order to support fishery and aquaculture companies affected by the COVID-19 crisis
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €4 million Croatian direct grant scheme to support fishery and aquaculture sector in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved an HRK 30 million (approximately €4 million) Croatian scheme to support the fishery and aquaculture sector in Croatia in (...)

The EU Commission approves a €88 million Hungarian State aid scheme to support to companies’s researchers and developers during the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €88 million Hungarian aid scheme supporting researchers and developers in all sectors affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a HUF 31.5 billion (approximately €88 million) Hungarian wage subsidies support scheme for researchers and (...)

The EU Commission approves €35.5 million Latvian direct grant scheme to support agriculture, fishery, food and school catering sectors in COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €35.5 million Latvian direct grant scheme to support agriculture, fishery, food and school catering sectors in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €35.5 million Latvian scheme to support the agricultural, fishery, food and school catering (...)

The EU Commission approves prolongation and modification of the French “Fonds de solidarité” scheme for small enterprises in temporary financial difficulties due to COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves prolongation and modification of the French “Fonds de solidarité” scheme for small enterprises in temporary financial difficulties due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found France’s prolongation and modification of a previously approved scheme to (...)

The EU Commission approves €770 million Bulgarian employment aid scheme for preserving jobs in sectors most affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €770 million Bulgarian employment aid scheme for preserving jobs in sectors most affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a BGN 1.5 billion (approximately €770 million) Bulgarian wage subsidies support scheme for preserving (...)

The EU Commission approves Czech scheme of up to €37 million in direct grants to support investments in the production of COVID-19-relevant products
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Czech scheme of up to €37 million to support investments in the production of coronavirus-relevant products* The European Commission has approved a Czech aid scheme of up to CZK 1 billion (approximately €37 million) to support investments by small and medium-sized (...)

The EU Commission approves €453 million Swedish rent rebate scheme to support sectors affected by COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €453 million Swedish rent rebate scheme to support sectors affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission approved a Swedish rent rebate scheme of up to SEK 5 billion (approximately €453 million) in support of tenants operating in the sectors for hotels, (...)

The EU Commission approves Danish public guarantee of up to €137 million to compensate airline SAS for damage caused by COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Danish public guarantee of up to €137 million to compensate airline SAS for damage caused by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found a Danish State guarantee of up to approximately €137 million on a revolving credit facility in favor of Scandinavian (...)

The EU Commission approves Italian guarantee scheme for new working capital and investment loans granted by banks to support companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Italian guarantee scheme to support the economy in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved an Italian aid scheme to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework (...)

The EU Commission approves Italian guarantee scheme to support self-employed workers, SMEs and mid-caps affected by COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Italian guarantee scheme to support self-employed workers, SMEs and mid-caps affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved an Italian aid scheme to support self-employed workers and companies with up to 499 employees affected by (...)

The EU Commission approves German guarantee scheme to stabilise trade credit insurance market in COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves German guarantee scheme to stabilise trade credit insurance market in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a German guarantee scheme to support the trade credit insurance market in the face of the coronavirus (...)

The EU Commission approves €10 billion French guarantee scheme to support domestic credit insurance market in COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €10 billion French guarantee scheme to support domestic credit insurance market in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €10 billion French guarantee scheme to support the domestic credit insurance market in the (...)

The EU Commission approves Belgian scheme deferring payment by Walloon airports of concession fees to mitigate economic impact of COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Belgian scheme deferring payment by Walloon airports of concession fees to mitigate economic impact of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a Belgian scheme deferring the payment by Walloon airports of concession feesto mitigate the economic (...)

The EU Commission approves €455 million Swedish guarantee scheme to support airlines affected by COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €455 million Swedish guarantee scheme to support airlines affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a Swedish loan guarantee scheme to support airlines affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid (...)

The EU Commission approves Belgian guarantee scheme mobilising €50 billion support for companies affected by COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Belgian guarantee scheme mobilising €50 billion support for companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €50 billion Belgian loan guarantee scheme to support the Belgian economy in the context of the (...)

The EU Commission approves €3.3 billion Romanian scheme to support SMEs with direct grants and loan guarantees in COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €3.3 billion Romanian scheme to support SMEs in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a RON 16 billion (approximately €3.3 billion) Romanian scheme to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the context of the coronavirus (...)

The EU Commission approves amendments to previously approved German schemes to further support economy in COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves amendments to previously approved German schemes to further support economy in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found the amendments to two German schemes to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak (“Bundesregelung Kleinbeihilfen (...)

The EU Commission approves €115 million Polish scheme of direct grants to support companies in COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €115 million Polish scheme to support economy in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a PLN 527 million (approximately €115 million) Polish scheme to support the Polish economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was (...)

The EU Commission approves Belgian guarantee scheme of up to €3 billion to support the Flemish economy in COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves guarantee scheme of up to €3 billion to support the Flemish economy in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a Belgian scheme of up to €3 billion, financed by the Flemish region, to support companies in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. (...)

The EU Commission approves €150 million Lithuanian scheme of direct grants and loan guarantees to support companies in COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €150 million Lithuanian schemes to support economy in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved two Lithuanian aid schemes to support the Lithuanian economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The schemes were approved under the State aid (...)

The EU Commission President forms a team to coordinate the State aid schemes and the EU response to the COVID-19 crisis
Norton Rose Fulbright (Brussels)
The COVID-19 crisis: EU Competition Policy response In response to the COVID-19 crisis, European Union (EU) President Ursula von der Leyen has formed a team led by eight Commissioners to coordinate the EU response. This team of Commissioners is advised by a new advisory panel of (...)

The EU Commission consults with Member States on further expanding the State aid Temporary Framework for COVID-19 outbreak to recapitalisation measures
DG COMP (Brussels)
Coronavirus: Commission Statement on consulting Member States on proposal to further expand State aid Temporary Framework to recapitalisation measures* Today, the European Commission has sent to Member States for consultation a draft proposal to further extend the scope of the State aid (...)

The EU Commission approves a €1billion Croatian State aid scheme that will take the form of zero-interest loans to help companies affected by the COVID-19 crisis
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1 billion Croatian schemes to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved two Croatian schemes to support the Croatian economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The schemes were approved under the State aid (...)

The EU Commission approves a €15 billion Austrian liquidity State aid scheme in the form of direct grants, state guarantees for loans and subsidised public loans to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 crisis
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €15 billion Austrian liquidity scheme to support the economy in the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €15 billion Austrian liquidity scheme to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under (...)

The EU Commission approves a €110 million Lithuanian State aid scheme in order to support the national economy during the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €110 million Lithuanian guarantee scheme to support economy in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €110 million Lithuanian aid scheme to support the Lithuanian economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved (...)

The EU Commission approves a €255 million Bulgarian State aid scheme to support small enterprises during the COVID-19 crisis
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €255 million Bulgarian guarantee scheme to support SMEs in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a Bulgarian BGN 500 million (approx. €255 million) public guarantee scheme to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the context of (...)

The EU Commission approves € 700 million Polish scheme with loan guarantees and subsidies to support companies in COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves € 700 million Polish loan and guarantee scheme to support economy in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a PLN 3.5 billion (approximately €700 million) Polish aid scheme to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The (...)

The EU Commission approves €20 million Portuguese credit line scheme to support fishery and aquaculture sector during the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €20 million Portuguese credit line scheme to support fishery and aquaculture sector in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a Portuguese scheme to support the Portuguese fishery and aquaculture sector in the context of the coronavirus (...)

The EU Commission approves a €1,2 billion Greek State aid scheme that takes the form of grants to help the national economy during the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.2 billion Greek scheme providing grants for SMEs to support economy in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €1.2 billion Greek aid scheme to support the Greek economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved (...)

The EU Commission approves a €140 million Hungarian State aid scheme managed by the Hungarian investment promotion agency to help the national economy during the COVID-19 crisis
DG COMP (Brussels)
The European Commission has approved a HUF 50 000 million (approximately €140 million) Hungarian aid scheme to support the Hungarian economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as (...)

The EU Commission approves a €30 million Luxembourg State aid scheme related to research and development and investment in the production during the COVID-19 crisis
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €30 million Luxembourg scheme to support research and development and investments in the production of coronavirus relevant products* The European Commission has approved a €30 million Luxembourg aid scheme to support coronavirus related research and development (...)

The EU Commission approves a Danish State aid scheme to compensate the companies activities affected negatively by the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €5.4 billion Danish scheme to compensate companies particularly affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules a DKK 40 billion (approximately €5.4 billion) Danish scheme that compensates companies particularly (...)

The EU Commission approves a Greek State aid scheme to support and help the economy’s companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic situation
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1 billion Greek scheme providing repayable advances to support the economy in the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €1 billion Greek aid scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the (...)

The EU Commission approves a £50 billion umbrella UK State aid scheme to support SME’s and large corporates affected by the COVID-19
Morgan Lewis (London)
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Morgan Lewis (London)
The European Commission has approved a £50 billion (EUR 57 billion) “umbrella” UK state aid scheme to support small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporates in the United Kingdom affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The umbrella scheme was approved on April 6, 2020, under the (...)

The EU Commission approves €790 million Croatian guarantee scheme for companies with export activities affected by coronavirus outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €790 million Croatian guarantee scheme for companies with export activities affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found a HRK 6 billion (approximately €790 million) Croatian liquidity guarantee scheme for companies affected by the (...)

The EU Commission approves a £50 billion umbrella UK scheme to support companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves £50 billion UK “umbrella” scheme to support the economy in the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a £50 billion (approximately €57 billion) “umbrella” UK scheme to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and large corporates in the (...)

The EU Commission approves a Portuguese State aid scheme including public loan guarantees and direct grants to companies during the COVID-19 crisis
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €13 billion Portuguese schemes to support economy in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved two Portuguese State aid schemes to support the Portuguese economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The schemes were approved under the State (...)

The EU Commission approves €2 billion Greek guarantee measure to support companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2 billion Greek guarantee measure to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved today a €2 billion Greek aid scheme to support the Greek economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved (...)

The EU Commission adopts an amendment to extend the temporary framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the COVID-19 outbreak
White & Case (Brussels)
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White & Case (Brussels)
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White & Case (Paris)
On 3 April, the Commission adopted an Amendment to extend the Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the COVID-19 outbreak adopted on 19 March (covered in our previous alert: European Commission publishes its emergency COVID-19 State aid rules and rapidly approves (...)

The EU Commission issues a first amendment to the Temporary Framework enabling Members States to accelerate research and development testing and the manufacture of COVID-19 relevant products
Kirkland & Ellis (London)
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Kirkland & Ellis (London)
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Kirkland & Ellis (London)
Update on the EU’s State aid response to COVID-19* Our previous blog post covered the EU Commission’s (“EC”) Temporary Framework of 19 March 2020 (“Temporary Framework”), which aims at enabling national governments to use the full flexibility of State aid rules to support the economy in the context (...)

The EU Commission approves €23 million Dutch scheme of direct grants to support providers of social support services, health care and youth care in offering services at home during the COVID-19 pandemic
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €23 million Dutch scheme to support the economy in the current coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €23 million Dutch scheme to support certain providers of social support and health care in offering services at home during the coronavirus (...)

The EU Commission approves a Polish scheme enabling public guarantees up to €22 billion to companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Polish scheme enabling public guarantees up to €22 billion to support economy in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a Polish aid scheme to support the Polish economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak.The scheme was approved under (...)

The EU Commission revises its temporary framework for State aid to support the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic and allows investment aid to companies involved in the fight against the outbreak
Morgan Lewis (London)
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Morgan Lewis (London)
The European Commission revised its Temporary Framework for State Aid to support the economy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, allowing investment aid to companies involved in the fight against the pandemic, as well as new forms of operating aid for companies in severely impacted (...)

The EU Commission recognises the impact of the COVID-19 across Europe’s trade and issues a temporary framework for State aid measures to support the economy
Bird & Bird (Budapest)
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Bird & Bird (Belgium)
Public safety measures, supply disruptions and the unprecedented dramatic decline in automotive markets as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak have forced OEMs to stop production in numerous Member States. Such decisions will of course have far-reaching direct and indirect effects on businesses (...)

The EU Commission approves €200 million Danish loan in support of the Travel Guarantee Fund for travel cancellations due to COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €200 million Danish loan in support of the Travel Guarantee Fund for travel cancellations due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found a Danish State loan facility of up to DKK 1.5 billion (approx. €200 million) in support of the Travel Guarantee (...)

The EU Commission extends Temporary Framework to enable Member States to accelerate research, testing and production of coronavirus relevant products, to protect jobs and to further support the economy in the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission extends Temporary Framework to enable Member States to accelerate research, testing and production of coronavirus relevant products, to protect jobs and to further support the economy in the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has adopted an amendment extending (...)

The EU Commission approves extension of German scheme for subsidised loans by regional authorities and promotional banks to companies during COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves extension of German scheme for subsidised loans to support economy in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a German State aid scheme extending measures adopted on 22 March 2020 to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus (...)

The EU Commission approves €350 million Maltese guarantee scheme for working capital loans granted by commercial banks to support companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €350 million Maltese guarantee scheme to support economy in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a Maltese State aid scheme to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid (...)

The EU Commission approves Spanish “umbrella” scheme with measures that include direct grants and tax advantages, and where recipients include the self-employed affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Spanish “umbrella” scheme to support economy in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a Spanish aid scheme to support the Spanish economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary (...)

The EU Commission approves a €9.1 billion Swedish guarantee scheme on commercial loans to companies during the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves a €9.1 billion Swedish guarantee scheme to support economy in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a SEK 100 billion SEK (approximately €9.1 billion) Swedish aid scheme to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The (...)

The EU Commission approves €200 million Irish scheme in the form of repayable advances to companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
Commission approves €200 million Irish scheme to support the economy in the current coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found a €200 million Irish scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak to be in line with EU State aid rules. The scheme was approved under (...)

The EU Commission approves French scheme deferring payment by airlines of certain taxes to mitigate economic impact of COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves French scheme deferring payment by airlines of certain taxes to mitigate economic impact of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found a French scheme deferring the payment by airlines of certain aeronautical taxes to be in line with EU State aid (...)

The EU Council announces that it will suspend airport slot requirements to help mitigate the economic impact on airlines including State aid in different forms
Morgan Lewis (London)
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Morgan Lewis (London)
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Morgan Lewis (London)
The Council of the EU announced on March 30 that the European Union has suspended the airport slot requirements until October 24. The slot requirements require airlines to use at least 80% of their slots in order to be guaranteed usage of those slots in the following year. The waiver of the EU (...)

The EU Commission approves €1.2 billion French “Fonds de solidarité” scheme for small enterprises in temporary financial difficulties due to COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.2 billion French “Fonds de solidarité” scheme for small enterprises in temporary financial difficulties due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found France’s €1.2 billion scheme to support small and micro-enterprises as well as self-employed people (...)

The EU Commission approves €130 million Danish guarantee scheme for SMEs with export activities affected by COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €130 million Danish guarantee scheme for SMEs with export activities affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found a DKK 1 billion (approximately €130 million) Danish liquidity guarantee scheme for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) (...)

The EU Commission approves €1.75 billion Estonian schemes to support companies with loan guarantees and direct loans under favorable terms during COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.75 billion Estonian schemes to support economy in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved two Estonian State aid schemes to support the Estonian economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The schemes were approved under the State aid (...)

The EU Commission amends Short-term export-credit insurance Communication in light of economic impact of COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission amends Short-term export-credit insurance Communication in light of economic impact of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has decided to temporarily remove all countries from the list of “marketable risk" countries under the Short-term export-credit insurance (...)

The EU Commission consults with Member States on extending the State aid Temporary Framework for COVID-19 outbreak with 5 new measures
DG COMP (Brussels)
Coronavirus: Commission Statement on consulting Member States on the proposal to extend State aid Temporary Framework* This evening, the European Commission has sent to Member States for consultation a draft proposal to extend the State aid Temporary Framework adopted on 19 March 2020 to (...)

The EU Council supports in a virtual meeting the State aid framework that allows Member States to provide relief to the companies and citizens
BEUC (Brussels)
EU competition law and the COVID-19 pandemic - a consumer perspective* We are living through unprecedented challenges in Europe and around the world. Despite the efforts of the European Union and its Member States to contain the spread of the Sars-CoV-2 virus, infection rates are on the rise. (...)

The EU Commission introduces a Temporary Framework which enables governments to offer extensive State-backed loans to the aviation industry affected by the COVID-19
Shearman & Sterling (Frankfurt)
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Shearman & Sterling (London)
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Shearman & Sterling (London)
Although the EU’s introduction of a Temporary Framework has enabled governments to offer extensive State-backed loans, the airline industry needs more than just credit—it will need equity. However, State aid to the aviation industry is strictly regulated by the European Commission (the (...)

The EU Commission approves under EU State aid rules €1.3 billion Danish scheme that partially compensates the self-employed for the losses of turnover suffered due to the COVID-19
DG COMP (Brussels)
The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules a DKK 10 billion (approximately €1.3 billion) Danish scheme that partially compensates the self-employed for the losses of turnover suffered due to the coronavirus outbreak. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of (...)

The EU Commission approves two separate UK State aid schemes to support SMEs in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
The European Commission has approved two separate UK State aid schemes to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The schemes were approved under the State aid Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 (...)

The EU Commission approves the Italian State guarantee supporting a debt moratorium from banks to SMEs affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
The European Commission has approved the Italian State guarantee supporting a debt moratorium from banks to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of (...)

The EU Commission finds Luxembourg’s €300 million scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak to be in line with EU State aid rules
DG COMP (Brussels)
The European Commission has found Luxembourg’s €300 million scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak to be in line with EU State aid rules. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak (...)

The EU Commission approves €20 billion Spanish guarantee schemes for companies and self-employed affected by COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €20 billion Spanish guarantee schemes for companies and self-employed affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found two Spanish guarantee schemes for companies and self-employed workers affected by the coronavirus outbreak to be in line with (...)

The EU Commission finds Latvian loan guarantee scheme and subsidised loan scheme of €250 million for companies affected by coronavirus outbreak to be in line with EU State aid rules
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves state support for €250 million Latvian subsidised loan scheme and loan guarantee scheme for companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found Latvian loan guarantee scheme and subsidised loan scheme for companies affected by coronavirus (...)

The EU Commission approves €3 billion Portuguese State aid schemes for small and medium-sized companies and midcaps affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €3 billion Portuguese guarantee schemes for SMEs and midcaps affected by Coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found four Portuguese guarantee schemes for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and midcaps affected by the Coronavirus outbreak to be (...)

The EU Commission approves a €50 million Italian State aid scheme to support the production and supply of medical devices
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €50 million Italian support scheme for production and supply of medical equipment and masks during Coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €50 million Italian aid scheme to support the production and supply of medical devices, such as (...)

The EU Commission approves three French State aid schemes in order to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves French schemes to support economy in Coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved three French State aid schemes to support the French economy in the context of the Coronavirus outbreak. The schemes were approved under the State aid Temporary (...)

The EU Commission approves a €130 million State aid scheme to help the Danish small and medium-sized enterprises affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Danish guarantee scheme for SMEs affected by Coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found a DKK 1 billion (approx. €130 million) Danish guarantee scheme for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) affected by Coronavirus outbreak to be in line with EU (...)

The EU Commission implements a specific and temporary framework for State aid measures to support the EU economy during the COVID-19 outbreak
BCTG Avocats (Paris)
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BCTG Avocats (Paris)
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BCTG Avocats (Paris)
The current health crisis related to the Covid-19 outbreak has forced several Member States of the European Union (hereinafter the “EU”) to take exceptional containment measures of their population which have resulted in a decrease in the companies’ cash flow and in a freeze on their investments. (...)

The EU Commission adopts a Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 19 March 2020, the Commission adopted a Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak (the “Covid-19 Temporary Framework”). This Temporary Framework complements the Communication on a Coordinated economic response to the COVID-19 outbreak (...)

The EU Commission adopts a Temporary Framework for State aid in the context of the COVID-19 to support the economy
Morgan Lewis (London)
The European Commission on 19 March adopted a Temporary Framework for State Aid to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak, based on Article 107(3)(b) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, which enables the Commission to approve national support measures to (...)

The EU Commission adopts a Temporary Framework for the assessment of State aid granted to assist firms from entering into difficulties due to the COVID-19 outbreak
Norton Rose Fulbright (Brussels)
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, European Union (EU) President von der Leyen has formed a team led by eight Commissioners to coordinate the EU response to the crisis. This team of Commissioners is advised by a new advisory panel of epidemiologists and virologists. The European Commission (...)

The EU Commission adopts a temporary framework allowing Member States to grant State aid to businesses to help them face the COVID-19 crisis
McDermott Will & Emery (Paris)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Düsseldorf)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Düsseldorf)
On 19 March 2020, the European Commission adopted a temporary framework that allows Member States to grant certain State aid to businesses to help them face the economic and financial consequences of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. In the wake of this decision—and in a record time of (...)

The EU Commission adopts a new Temporary Framework to complement the existing State aid toolbox during the COVID-19 outbreak
Bird & Bird (Copenhagen)
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Bird & Bird (Brussels)
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been declared an exceptional occurrence, paving the way for more and faster approval of national State aid initiatives in the EU. The massive and unprecedented financial impact on the world economy has led to a number of European governments promising (...)

The EU Commission takes an important step to facilitate State aid due to the COVID-19 crisis by adopting a temporary framework
Baker McKenzie (Brussels)
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Baker McKenzie (London)
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Baker McKenzie (Brussels)
Many businesses are increasingly facing severe business disruption and/or liquidity problems as the COVID-19 outbreak spreads. Supply chains are disrupted, workforces quarantined and customer demand is falling. In response, governments across the EU (and the UK) are pledging to do whatever it (...)

The EU Commission announces a major relaxation of the State aid rules via a new Temporary Framework during the COVID-19 outbreak
Shearman & Sterling (London)
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Shearman & Sterling (London)
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Shearman & Sterling (Brussels)
How will European Competition Enforcers Respond? The COVID-19 pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge to the economy and competition enforcement is no exception. Authorities at EU and national level may need to consider novel solutions to respond to rapidly evolving problems and to (...)

The EU Commission adopts a new Temporary Framework for State aid in the COVID-19 context to support the business suffering
White & Case (London)
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White & Case (Brussels)
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White & Case (Brussels)
The European Commission has now adopted a Framework of temporary State aid rules enabling Member States to adopt measures to support the growing number of businesses suffering because of the COVID-19 outbreak. This is the first time since the 2008 financial crisis that the Commission has (...)

The EU Commission adopts a Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Rome)
On March 19, the Commission adopted a communication (the “Temporary Framework”) setting out a temporary framework for the implementation of less stringent State aid rules in order to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak. Given the limited size of the EU budget, most of the (...)

The EU Commissioner Vestager announces a draft proposal for a State aid Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak
Shearman & Sterling (London)
Member States of the EU and the U.K. are announcing massive support packages for companies affected by the coronavirus crisis. These interventions are on a vast scale. Unlike the 2008 financial crisis, the measures we are seeing this week are predominately fiscal rather than monetary policy (...)

The EU Commission delays merger notifications until further notice and develops emergency State aid response to the COVID-19 outbreak
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Brussels)
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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Brussels)
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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Brussels)
As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads rapidly around the world, and countries take unprecedented measures to contain the spread of the disease, businesses are increasingly struggling with the economic impact of this crisis. While airlines, tour operators and event businesses have been among the (...)

The EU Commission encourages delay of merger notifications and electronic submission as special measures due to COVID-19
Bird & Bird (Copenhagen)
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Bird & Bird (Brussels)
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been declared an exceptional occurrence, paving the way for more and faster approval of national State aid initiatives in the EU. The massive and unprecedented financial impact on the world economy has led to a number of European governments promising (...)

The Slovenian Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities drafts a measure which aims to retain jobs by protecting employees and, at the same time, assisting the affected companies during the COVID-19 outbreak
CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz (Ljubljana)
This Monday, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gave the green light to EU member governments to discuss and adopt state aid rules aimed to assist companies impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. State aid should only be used when it is the appropriate tool to benefit the (...)

The EU Commission issues a communication recalling the various options for Member States that are within the rules and adopts a Temporary Framework for support measures to help with the effects of COVID-19 in order to prevent unfair distortions of competition and trade within the EU’s internal market
WilmerHale (Brussels)
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WilmerHale (Brussels)
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WilmerHale (Brussels)
The COVID-19 crisis is first and foremost a health issue, as governments around the world seek to limit and treat its effects and save lives. However, it is also an immediate economic and social issue, as companies and individuals strive to deal with its effects on their livelihoods—from (...)

The EU Commission adopts a series of measures implementing a flexible approach for approving urgent aid granted by member states to companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton (Brussels)
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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton (Brussels)
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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton (Brussels)
The unique EU State aid control law requires, in principle, prior notification by Member States and approval by the Commission of all State aid. During a time of crisis, like the COVID-19 pandemic, EU law allows for a flexible approach for approving urgent State aid. In this post, we discuss (...)

The EU Commission adopts the communication on the coordinated economic response to the COVID-19 outbreak
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
In the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak and its repercussions on businesses, Member States announced that they will adopt all necessary measures to help undertakings in difficulty. The Commission, well-aware of this, has already adopted measures to guide Member States and ensure that their aid (...)

The EU Commission takes extraordinary health State aid measures to minimise the economic fallout from COVID-19
Kirkland & Ellis (London)
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Kirkland & Ellis (London)
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Kirkland & Ellis (London)
EU State Aid and COVID-19* Overview Given the unprecedented challenge faced by European businesses in the wake of the public health measures being adopted, the EU and its Member States are taking extraordinary measures to minimise the economic fallout from COVID-19. Over the coming weeks, (...)

The EU Commission recognises the hotel and leisure sector as one of the sectors hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic
Bird & Bird (London)
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Bird & Bird (London)
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Bird & Bird (Brussels)
The European Commission has recognised the Hotel and Leisure sector as one of the sectors hit hardest by the COVID-19 outbreak. The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the Hotel and Leisure sector is unparalleled. TheEuropean tourism industry is predicted to experience an estimated financial loss (...)

The EU Commission approves the first COVID-19 related State aid notification submitted by Denmark within 24 hours of the notification to compensate damages caused by cancellations of large public events
White & Case (Brussels)
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White & Case (Brussels)
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White & Case (Brussels)
As the number of businesses around the EU affected by the COVID-19 outbreak grows, many Member States are considering or have announced substantial supporting packages in an effort to limit the impact of the outbreak on the economy. Across the EU, measures vary, from governmental loans and (...)

The EU Commission approves a COVID-19 related measure aimed at compensating event organisers for losses caused by cancellation
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Washington)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
Recognizing the serious economic consequences that the COVID-19 crisis may create, on March 12 the Commission approved within 24 hours of notification a COVID-19 related measure in Denmark aimed at compensating event organizers for losses caused by cancellations. Following this initial ad hoc (...)

Procedures

The UK Competition Authority publishes a second update from its COVID-19 taskforce New
British Competition Authority - CMA (London)
Update on CMA COVID-19 Taskforce* The CMA has published a second update from its COVID-19 Taskforce, which monitors and responds to competition and consumer problems arising from the pandemic. As part of the Taskforce’s work, it is asking the public for information about businesses behaving (...)

The French Competition Authority announces re-instatement of certain statutory limits as first measures of the gradual lifting of the state of health emergency in France due to COVID-19 New
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Gradual lifting of the state of health emergency in France: re-instating statutory time limits* The time limits applying to various procedures have been suspended since 12 March 2020, the date on which the health emergency period started in France. Order No. 2020-560 of 13 May 2020 setting out (...)

The French Competition Authority reinstates deadlines for responding to statements of objections and reports which were suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Reinstatement of deadlines for responding to statements of objections and reports* In a press release dated 27 March 2020, the Autorité de la concurrence stated that “the two-month period available to companies to submit, in application of Article L. 463-2 of the French Commercial Code, their (...)

The Hong Kong Competition Authority reminds businesses participating in anti-COVID-19 subsidy programmes to adhere to the Competition Ordinance
Hong Kong Competition Commission
Competition Commission reminds businesses participating in anti-epidemic subsidy programmes to adhere to the Competition Ordinance* The Competition Commission (Commission) is aware that the Government has recently introduced various subsidy programmes to assist businesses and individuals (...)

The Mexican Competition Authority extends its suspension of legal timelines for some procedures due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Mexican Competition Authority (Mexico City)
Third agreement of the Board of Commissioners on the suspension of legal terms for some procedures filed before COFECE* The Board of Commissioners of the Mexican Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE or Commission) agreed to suspend, from May 6 until May 29, legal terms and deadlines (...)

The Mexican Competition Authority issues emergency regulations providing that the service of process of official communication and resolutions in ongoing procedures can be performed via email during the COVID-19 pandemic
White & Case (Mexico)
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White & Case (Mexico)
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White & Case (Mexico)
Effective as of April 23, 2020 , the Mexican Competition Commission (“COFECE”) issued emergency regulations providing that, during and as long as the coronavirus pandemic is considered a health emergency, the service of process of official communication and resolutions in ongoing (...)

The Indian Competition Authority publishes public notices to keep people updated about the COVID-19 situation measures
Jindal Initiative on Research in IP and Competition (Delhi)
How is Competition Commission of India functioning during the COVID-19 pandemic?* The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has been very prompt with adopting various measures to continue its working during this period of pandemic. The CCI has issued several circulars and public notices from (...)

The Finnish Competition Authority clarifies that competition legislation does not prevent necessary measures for safeguarding the supply of personal protective equipment and medicines in the context of COVID-19 outbreak
Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (Helsinki)
Competition legislation does not prevent necessary measures for safeguarding the supply of personal protective equipment and medicines* The COVID-19 outbreak also affects the application of competition legislation. Companies are permitted to make extraordinary co-operative arrangements for the (...)

The Bulgarian Competition Authority operates under the state of emergency and follows a new regime during the COVID-19 crisis
Druzhestvo Stoyanov & Tsekova in cooperation with Schoenherr (Sofia)
CPC activity during COVID-19 crisis* On 13 March 2020 the government declared a national state of emergency as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The state of emergency is currently in force until 13 May. This article outlines the impact of this declaration on Commission for Protection (...)

The UNCTAD urges competition authorities to use all their tools to combat the adverse consequences of COVID-19 in the markets
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Defending competition in the markets during COVID-19* Under normal circumstances competition is needed in markets to keep prices low, but with the COVID-19 crisis wreaking havoc on markets the world over, collaboration has taken precedence. The pandemic’s sweeping economic impact has left (...)

The Spanish Competition Authority announces that it has launched an online hotline for operators to report anticompetitive practices or to make enquiries in matters of competition law related to measures or practices adopted as a result of the health crisis caused by the COVID-19 outbreak
Herbert Smith Freehills (Madrid)
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Herbert Smith Freehills (Madrid)
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Herbert Smith Freehills (Madrid)
The CNMC bolsters its online whistleblowing hotline to pursue anticompetitive conduct in any sector, although with a special interest in the medical equipment, funeral and cremation services sectors. An enquiries platform is also launched so that operators can make competition law enquiries to (...)

The Spanish Competition Authority makes available a special mailbox for complaints and queries related to the application of competition rules in the context of the health crisis created by COVID-19
Bird & Bird (Madrid)
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Bird & Bird (Madrid)
The Spanish Competition authority (the "CNMC") has made available a special mailbox for complaints and queries related to the application of competition rules in the context of the health crisis created by COVID-19. During these exceptional circumstances, this mailbox is intended to resolve (...)

The Brazilian Competition Authority agrees to suspend deadline for implementing certain antitrust compliance commitments undertaken in a cartel case Settlement Agreement due to COVID-19 pandemic (Basso / Valbrás)
Caminati Bueno Advogados (São Paulo)
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Caminati Bueno Advogados (São Paulo)
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Caminati Bueno Advogados (São Paulo)
Due to the impacts of the Covid-19 outbreak, the Brazilian Antitrust Authority (“CADE”) agreed to suspend the deadline for implementation of some antitrust compliance commitments undertaken in a Settlement Agreement (“Settlement”) in the context of a cartel investigation. In this short note we (...)

The EU Commission launches a dedicated website about which EU-wide cooperation initiatives tackling the COVID-19 crisis are compatible with EU competition law
DG COMP (Brussels)
Antitrust: The Commission remains committed to providing swift antitrust guidance on cooperation initiatives in view of the coronavirus crisis* Today, the European Commission launched a dedicated website to provide guidance to companies, associations and their legal advisors where there is (...)

The Indian Competition Authority extends its office closure and suspension of hearing all non-urgent cases in line with the Government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
On 17 March, the CCI decided to adjourn all but urgent matters listed for hearing until 31 March 2020. A week later, on 23 March, it suspended: (a) all filings in relation to Sections 3 and 4 of the Competition Act (anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominant position); (b) all (...)

The Hong Kong Competition Authority issues statement on application of Competition Ordinance during COVID-19 outbreak and invites businesses to contact the Authority about their cooperation plans
Hong Kong Competition Commission
Competition Commission issues statement on application of Competition Ordinance during COVID-19 outbreak* The Competition Commission (Commission) is aware of the challenges which the outbreak of COVID-19 poses to business operations and the supply of critical goods and services in Hong Kong. (...)

The Hong Kong Competition Authority publishes a statement on the application of the Competition Ordinance during the COVID-19 crisis
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Hong Kong)
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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Hong Kong)
Hong Kong competition regulator issues COVID-19 guidance and takes ‘textbook’ case to court* On 27 March 2020, the Commission issued a statement (PDF) on the application of the Competition Ordinance during the COVID-19 outbreak. The statement covers four key issues: First, it recognises that (...)

The Mexican Competition Authority clarifies enforcement of the Federal Economic Competition Law during the COVID-19 health emergency
Mexican Competition Authority (Mexico City)
COFECE’s position for enforcing the Federal Economic Competition Law in light of the current health emergency* Collaboration agreements between economic agents will not be prosecuted as long as they don’t have the objective of displacing competitors and are necessary, given the present context, (...)

The Czech Competition Authority clarifies competition law enforcement during the COVID-19 pandemic
Czech Competition Authority (Brno)
COMPETITION LAW ENFORCEMENT DURING THE CRISIS CAUSED BY COVID-19 DISEASE* Countries around the globe are currently facing an unprecedented crisis caused by pandemic of the Covid-19 disease, which causes both health and economic difficulties. The Office is aware of the fact that in these (...)

The Australian Competition Authority publishes its response to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to adjust the focus of its regulatory activities
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
ACCC response to COVID-19 pandemic* The ACCC is highly conscious of the impact COVID-19 is having on Australian consumers and businesses, and has adjusted the focus of its regulatory activities accordingly. Most businesses are facing severe disruption, particularly small businesses, and the (...)

The Czech Competition Authority adopts several measures related to the social and economic consequences caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
Bird & Bird (Czech Republic)
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Bird & Bird (Czech Republic)
Like many other public authorities, the Czech Office for the Protection of Competition (the Office) has adopted several measures related to the social and economic consequences caused by COVID-19. In order to minimize personal contact, the Office has limited public access to the Office’s (...)

The Brazilian Competition Authority clarifies procedural deadlines of the agency following the Government’s new COVID-19 measures
Brazilian Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) (Brasilia)
Clarifications regarding the procedural deadlines of the agency due to the Provisional Measure No. 928, of 23 March 2020* The Administrative Council for Economic Defense (Cade), due to the Provisional Measure No. 928, of 23 March 2020, which included the article 6°-C in the Law No. 13.979, of (...)

The UK Competition Authority publishes guidance on forms of cooperation considered as temporarily permissible during the COVID-19 outbreak
Hogan Lovells (London)
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Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
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Hogan Lovells (London)
Competition/antitrust laws generally require rival firms to operate on the market independently of each other and tolerate cooperation between competitors only in limited circumstances where any resulting loss of competition is clearly offset by consumer benefits. But as businesses scramble to (...)

The EU Commission and EU Member State Competition Authorities issue a joint statement on the application of competition law during the COVID-19 crisis in the context of the European Competition Network
Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
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Hogan Lovells (Milan)
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Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
Cooperation in the life sciences industry and EU competition law in the context of COVID-19 The life sciences industry is facing unprecedented demands due to COVID-19. From front line carers to researchers and scientists, significant efforts are being put towards caring for those suffering (...)

The US DoJ and FTC issue a joint statement announcing an expedited antitrust procedure and provide guidance for collaborations of businesses working to protect the health and safety of Americans during the COVID-19 outbreak
US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (Washington)
FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION AND JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCE EXPEDITED ANTITRUST PROCEDURE AND GUIDANCE FOR CORONAVIRUS PUBLIC HEALTH EFFORTS* The Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division today issued joint statement detailing an expedited antitrust procedure (...)

The Luxembourg Competition Authority clarifies implications of the European Competition Network’s joint statement on competition law during the COVID-19 crisis and announces it will prioritize competition cases related to the pandemic
Luxembourg Competition Council (Liège)
Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the implications for competition law in Luxembourg - joint action of the "European Competition Network (ECN)"* The "European Competition Network (ECN)" issued a joint statement of the European competition authorities for the uniform application of competition law (...)

The European Competition Network and individual EU Member State publishes statements in response to antitrust enforcement due to the COVID-19 outbreak
WilmerHale (Brussels)
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WilmerHale (Brussels)
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WilmerHale (Brussels)
The European Competition Network of the 27 EU Member State Antitrust Authorities (the ‘ECN’), several individual EU Member State antitrust authorities, the UK’s antitrust authority and Norway’s government have issued statements in response to antitrust enforcement and COVID-19, focusing on three (...)

The European Competition Network issues a general joint statement on the application of competition rules during the COVID-19 outbreak
Dechert (Paris)
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Dechert (Brussels)
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Dechert (Paris)
Key Takeaways Following several individual initiatives by member state competition authorities to temporarily relax competition rules in specific sectors, the European Competition Network (which includes the European Commission and all member state competition authorities) has issued a more (...)

The European Competition Network assists and advises companies on the application of the competition rules during the COVID-19 crisis
Crowell & Moring (Brussels)
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Crowell & Moring (Washington)
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Crowell & Moring (Brussels)
European Competition Authorities Provide Guidance on Application of Competition Rules in Times of COVID-19* As the economy in Europe is facing serious challenges due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the European competition authorities are ready to assist and advise companies on the application of (...)

The European Competition Network issues a joint statement on application of competition law during the COVID-19 crisis, including allowing companies cooperation to meet demand, and reminding that excessive pricing will be sanctioned
European Commission (Brussels)
Antitrust: Joint statement by the European Competition Network (ECN) on application of competition law during the Corona crisis* The ECN is fully aware of the social and economic consequences triggered by the COVID-19 outbreak in the EU/EEA. The different EU/EEA competition instruments have (...)

The European Competition Network issues a joint statement announcing that its members will not actively intervene against ’necessary and temporary’ measures to avoid a shortage of supply during the COVID-19 outbreak
McDermott Will & Emery (Düsseldorf)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Düsseldorf)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Brussels)
Amid the economic shocks caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, many industries are facing reduced demand for their products and services. Other industries—notably healthcare and food—are adjusting rapidly to expanding demand requirements and changing consumption patterns due to large-scale (...)

The Canadian Commissioner of Competition issues a statement on the application of competition rules during the COVID-19 virus outbreak
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 UK Competition Authority launches a COVID-19 taskforce to ensure compliance in markets affected by the public health emergency and to advise the Government on competition law matters during the outbreak
British Competition Authority - CMA (London)
CMA launches COVID-19 taskforce* The CMA is today launching a taskforce to tackle negative impacts within its remit of the COVID-19 pandemic. The outbreak of COVID-19 is an unprecedented and rapidly evolving challenge that has prompted many concerns that businesses might exploit the situation (...)

The Spanish Competition Authority suspends most procedures in line with the Government’s Royal Decree declaring state of alert, but keeps open the e-services portal for procedures whose parties can prove that delay is against public interest
Spanish Competition Authority (Madrid)
CoVid-19- Announcement from the CNMC on the timelines for administrative procedures* "Additional provision 3 of Royal Decree 463/2020 of 14 March, declaring the state of alert to manage the health crisis situation caused by COVID-19, provides for the suspension of periods and timelines for (...)

The Luxembourg Competition Authority switches to working remotely due to the COVID-19 crisis
Luxembourg Competition Council (Liège)
Coronavirus: Update from the Competition Council* Following government instructions and to ensure the safety of all, our teams switched to telecommuting. Be sure that we have taken all necessary measures to maintain our activities and continue to accompany you, without taking unnecessary (...)

The Hungarian Competition Authority switches all operations to telework, suspends all hearings, and asks new merging parties to consider postponing their mergers as measures due to COVID-19 outbreak
Hungarian Competition Authority (Budapest)
Information on the operation of the Hungarian Competition Authority due to the situation of the pandemic* Dear Clients and Colleagues, We would like to inform you that due to the state of emergency (State of Emergency) declared by the Government Decree 40/2020 (III.11.) on 11 March 2020, as (...)

The Belgian Competition Authority switches completely to teleworking due to COVID-19 and invites companies to delay all non-urgent mergers
Belgian Competition Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 measures* The offices of the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) are closed until further notice. All staff members are teleworking and the handling of cases will continue. While we strive to ensure the continuity of public service, the containment measures imposed by the Government (...)

The US Senate passes the CARES Act as a response to the COVID-19 crisis and tackles numerous issues on several fronts in an effort to stabilize the economy
White & Case (Washington)
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White & Case (Washington)
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White & Case (Washington)
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security ("CARES") Act provides no modifications to, or relief from, the US antitrust laws (specifically, the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1-38; Clayton Act, 15 U.S.C. § 12-27; and Robinson-Patman Act, 15 U.S.C. § 13). But some major businesses are forming (...)

The Mexican Competition Authority suspends legal timeframes for most procedures due to COVID-19, except for mergers, public tenders, concessions, and permits
Mexican Competition Authority (Mexico City)
The Board of Commissioners decrees to stop legal terms for some procedures filed before COFECE* This measure does not apply to procedures for the notification of concentrations, the verification of notifications for concentrations that were legally bound to be presented before the Commission, (...)

The Russian Supreme Court and the Council of Judges issue a joint resolution to address measures Russian State Courts must take to limit the spread of the COVID-19
Dechert (Moscow)
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Dechert (Moscow)
On March 18, 2020, Russia’s Supreme Court and the Counsel of Judges issued Joint Resolution No. 808 to address measures Russian state courts must take to limit the spread of COVID-19 (the “Resolution”). The Resolution makes reference to the Federal Law on Sanitary and Epidemic Safety, the (...)

The UK Competition Authority switches to telework, suspends almost all physical shipments of documents, but promises to continue processing cases by set deadlines amid COVID-19 pandemic
British Competition Authority - CMA (London)
COVID-19: CMA working arrangements* Along with other businesses and organisations, the CMA continues to monitor the outbreak of COVID-19 and has adjusted its working arrangements in response. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is concerned above all to ensure the safety and (...)

The German Competition Authority remains operational amidst COVID-19 outbreak, but asks undertakings to postpone submitting non-urgent cases
German Competition Authority (Bonn)
Communication with the Bundeskartellamt (Coronavirus measures)* The Bundeskartellamt’s operating capacity is currently ensured. We will inform you without delay of any limitations that may arise in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. You can contact us as usual by e-mail, phone, or fax, (...)

The Malaysian Competition Authority temporarily closes its offices following the Government’s Movement Restriction Order due to COVID-19
Malaysia Competition Commission (Kuala Lumpur)
NOTICE OF TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF MyCC OFFICE* In light of the current situation regarding the COVID-19 outbreak in Malaysia and the recent Movement Restriction Order announced by the Honorable Prime Minister on the 16th of March 2020; the Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) will be closing (...)

The Belgian Federal Government mitigates the negative effects of the COVID-19 crisis on Belgian companies and associations in light of the current lockdown measures
Van Bael & Bellis (London)
As is the case in many other European countries, the Belgian Federal Government is trying to further mitigate the negative effects of the Covid-19 crisis on Belgian companies and associations in light of the current confinement measures. Amongst other initiatives, it is preparing a draft act (...)

The Austrian Competition Authority temporarily suspends most business operations and announces an electronic system for submitting merger notifications as special measures due to COVID-19
Austrian Competition Authority (Vienna)
Corona (Covid-19) Update Further measures by the Austrian Federal Competition Authority 16. March 2020* The AFCA is doing its utmost in the current situation to maintain at least limited business operations, taking into account the current circumstances in terms of organisation, human (...)

The World’s Authorities present steps to minimise the impact of COVID-19 on antitrust related issues that businesses may confront in the coming days of the outbreak
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Washington)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Washington)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Washington)
I. INTRODUCTION The COVID-19 pandemic presents unprecedented issues for businesses and we recognize that antitrust is unlikely to be your most important concern at this time. However, some forethought may mitigate risk of future exposure, and position your business as well as possible in this (...)

Regulatory

The Dutch Competition Authority allows hospitals, hospital pharmacies, and pharmaceutical wholesalers to collaborate during COVID-19 outbreak to prevent or reduce any shortages of essential drugs New
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 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) New
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 New
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 Australian Competition Authority revokes interim authorisation for car rental companies to jointly negotiate with cairns airport due to COVID-19 pandemic
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
Interim authorisation for car rental companies revoked due to COVID-19* The ACCC has revoked an interim authorisation due to the change in market conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ACCC granted the interim authorisation in February to five major car rental companies to jointly (...)

The German Competition Authority reports substantial differences in fuel prices at different petrol stations, exacerbated by the effects on oil prices by the COVID-19 pandemic
German Competition Authority (Bonn)
Substantial price differences at petrol stations - Bundeskartellamt publishes Annual Report of the Market Transparency Unit for Fuels* The Bundeskartellamt has published its 2019 annual report on the work of its Market Transparency Unit for Fuels today. Andreas Mundt, President of the (...)

The UK Competition Authority consults on commitments offered by two major airlines in the Atlantic Joint Business Agreement to resolve competition concerns over airline routes with consideration for the effects of COVID-19 pandemic (American Airlines / British Airways)
British Competition Authority - CMA (London)
CMA consults on BA and American Airlines commitments* British Airways and American Airlines have offered commitments to resolve the CMA’s competition concerns over an agreement about airline routes between the UK and US. The airlines will make slots available at London Heathrow or Gatwick (...)

The Mexican Competition Authority issues recommendations to the National Energy Control Center Agreement on ensuring stability in the electricity markets during COVID-19 pandemic
Mexican Competition Authority (Mexico City)
COFECE issues recommendations to the National Energy Control Center (CENACE) Agreement* During the health emergency, competitive electricity prices are of the utmost relevance. COFECE’s recommendations seek to avoid a permanent increase in electricity rates or an increase of subsidies by the (...)

The EU Commission adopts measures aimed at mitigating the effects of COVID-19 in the agri-food sector New
Covington & Burling (Brussels)
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Covington & Burling (Brussels)
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the European Commission (“EC”) is taking steps to stabilise the most affected sectors of the economy. As part of its efforts, the EC has announced its support for the agricultural and food sectors which are severely affected by the pandemic. This (...)

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 so as to deal with the issues in the supply chain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic New
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 Australian Competition Authority allows electricity and gas companies to co-operate to provide financial relief to residential and business customers who may be financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
Electricity and gas companies to co-operate on relief package* The ACCC has granted conditional interim authorisation to allow the Australian Energy Council and wholesale and retail energy businesses to co-operate to provide financial relief to residential and business customers who may be (...)

The Italian Competition Authority releases notice on cooperation agreements between businesses within the framework of the COVID-19 emergency with special emphasis on the pharmaceutical, agri-food and health sector
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
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 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
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 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
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 states that petrol retailers should avoid using the current COVID-19 outbreak to increase their profits but rather be in line with international petrol prices falls
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
PETROL RETAILERS SHOULD REDUCE THEIR PRICES IN LINE WITH FALLS IN INTERNATIONAL PETROL PRICES* Petrol retailers should not use the current pandemic to further increase profits, which the latest ACCC petrol industry report shows have risen in recent years, and should pass on the full benefit of (...)

The Australian Competition Authority grants interim authorisation allowing retailers to collectively bargain with landlords about rent relief during the current COVID-19 outbreak
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 Portuguese Competition Authority publishes the final version of its report on minimum contract duration clauses and insists on enhancing freedom of choice for consumers particularly important in the context of social distancing due to COVID-19 outbreak
Portuguese Competition Authority (Lisbon)
Telecoms: the AdC publishes the final version of its report on minimum contract duration clauses and insists on enhancing freedom of choice for consumers* The Portuguese Competition Authority (Autoridade da Concorrência – AdC) has published the final version of its report on “Loyalty policies in (...)

The Dutch Competition Authority states that health insurers are allowed to give health care providers financial support collectively during COVID-19 crisis
Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (The Hague)
ACM: Health insurers are allowed to give health care providers financial support collectively during Coronavirus crisis* Health insurers are allowed to make collective arrangements to provide financial support to health care providers during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. More (...)

The Australian Competition Authority grants new interim authorisation for an expanded range of measures allowing participants in the gas and electricity markets to work together to help safeguard Australia’s energy supply during the COVID-19 outbreak
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
EXPANDED CO-OPERATION FOR ENERGY SECTOR DURING PANDEMIC* The ACCC has granted new interim authorisation for an expanded range of measures allowing participants in the gas and electricity markets to work together to help safeguard Australia’s energy supply during the COVID-19 pandemic. On April (...)

The US DoJ issues positive Business Review Letter to drug wholesale company and announces it will not challenge collaborative efforts in procuring healthcare supplies used to treat COVID-19 patients (AmerisourceBergen)
US Department of Justice - Antitrust Division (Washington)
Justice Department Issues Business Review Letter to AmerisourceBergen Supporting Distribution of Critical Medicines Under Expedited Procedure for COVID-19 Pandemic Response* The Department of Justice announced today that it will not challenge collaborative efforts of AmerisourceBergen (...)

The US DoJ issues a second business review letter to show that it is still open to creative solutions to combat COVID-19 in order to get medical supplies where they are needed the most
McDermott Will & Emery (Chicago)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Chicago)
The United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) has issued a second Business Review Letter pursuant to the expedited review process it announced on March 24, 2020 to review conduct related to COVID-19 within seven days. The letter released on April 20, 2020 issued to (...)

The Australian Competition Authority grants 17 interim authorisations to address immediate problems being faced by industry participants and to ensure public needs and benefits are retained during the COVID-19 outbreak
Bird & Bird (Sydney)
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Bird & Bird (Sydney)
In recent weeks, the Australia Competition and Consumer Commission ("ACCC") has acted swiftly and granted 17 interim authorisations to address immediate problems being faced by industry participants and to ensure public needs and benefits are retained during the COVID-19 pandemic. (...)

The Australian Government publishes a regulation which prohibits a number of health related goods from being exported from Australia during the COVID-19 outbreak New
Bird & Bird (Sydney)
During the COVID-19 human biosecurity period, exportation of some health-related goods has been prohibited, with the intention to control supply in Australia. Regulation 13GI of the Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations prohibits a number of goods from being exported from Australia. These (...)

The US Food and Drug Administration expands its enforcement discretion policy for the import, distribution and use of certain masks and other personal protective equipment for medical use
Arent Fox (Washington)
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Arent Fox (Washington)
Import and distribution of face shields and respirators during COVID-19 pandemic* Introduction This article concerns the import and distribution of respirators and other masks to be used to meet the significant US healthcare challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. As reported in the news (...)

The Australian Competition Authority allows both public and private hospital operators in Northern Territory and Souther Australia to work with each other and relevant health agencies during the COVID-19 outbreak
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
PRIVATE AND PUBLIC HOSPITALS IN NT AND SA AUTHORISED TO COOPERATE ON COVID-19 RESPONSE* Private hospitals and health agencies in the Northern Territory and South Australia respectively will be able to cooperate in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, following separate interim authorisations (...)

The Australian Competition Authority grants interim authorisation allowing life insurers to co-ordinate to ensure frontline healthcare workers are not excluded from coverage due to COVID-19 exposure
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
CO-ORDINATION ON LIFE INSURANCE FOR FRONTLINE WORKERS DURING PANDEMIC* The ACCC has granted interim authorisation allowing life insurers to co-ordinate to ensure frontline healthcare workers are not excluded from coverage due to potential or actual exposure to COVID-19. The interim (...)

The US DoJ and FTC issue a series of joint and other statements concerning the enforcement of the antitrust laws on labor market issues following COVID-19 pandemic
Morgan Lewis (Washington)
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Morgan Lewis (Philadelphia)
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Morgan Lewis (Sillicon Valley)
The joint statement recognizes that while the COVID-19 pandemic offers businesses an opportunity for procompetitive collaboration and benefits, it also increases significant risk of anticompetitive conduct in the labor market. Here are some issues and factors that businesses should consider to (...)

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
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 DoJ issues a business review letter that underscores the flexibility of the US antitrust regulators towards competitor collaborations aimed at increasing the supply and distribution of medical equipment needed to fight the COVID-19
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 (...)

The International Competition Network issues a statement addressing key considerations related to competition law enforcement during and after the COVID-19 pandemic
International Competition Network (ICN)
The International Competition Network (ICN) Steering Group has issued a statement addressing key considerations related to competition law enforcement during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The ICN is the most important network of competition authorities worldwide. It comprises 140 competition (...)