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Major overhaul of Restrictive Trade Practices Law proposed
Tadmor & Co Yuval Levy & Co
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Israel
  • November 23 2017

The Antitrust Authority recently published a draft amendment to the Restrictive Trade Practices Law for public comment. The amendment proposes a broad reform of the law as regards restrictive arrangements, monopolies and mergers. According to the authority, the amendment aims to decrease the existing regulatory burden that applies to legitimate and efficient practices and strengthen anti-competitive enforcement.

Setback for private enforcement against alleged international cartels
Tadmor & Co Yuval Levy & Co
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Israel
  • September 14 2017

The Supreme Court recently confirmed that Regulation 500(7) of the Civil Procedure Regulations, which concerns court approval for service outside Israel, is not met where the alleged act or omission occurred outside Israel and only the anti-competitive effects are alleged to have taken place in Israel. The court further ruled that the effects doctrine – the governing doctrine for applying local antitrust law to foreign conduct – pertains only to the substantive applicability of such law to foreign conduct.

IAA steps up enforcement of financial sanctions
Tadmor & Co Yuval Levy & Co
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Israel
  • June 08 2017

The antitrust commissioner recently announced her intention to impose unprecedented financial sanctions on several monopolies and market leaders in Israel, as well as some of their senior officers. These announcements indicate that the use of financial sanctions to combat the abuse of a dominant position will likely play a key role in the Israel Antitrust Authority's agenda for the coming years.

IAA publishes draft guidelines on resale price maintenance
Tadmor & Co Yuval Levy & Co
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Israel
  • March 02 2017

The Israel Antitrust Authority recently published draft guidelines on resale price maintenance arrangements, following a Supreme Court decision that fundamentally changed the legal standard applicable to vertical arrangements. The draft guidelines survey the main concerns arising from resale price maintenance arrangements, the competition benefits that they may produce and the general methodology that should be used to analyse such arrangements.

IAA publishes new draft guidelines on excessive pricing
Tadmor & Co Yuval Levy & Co
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Israel
  • December 01 2016

The Israel Antitrust Authority (IAA) recently concluded its initial re-evaluation of its policy on the prohibition on excessive pricing by monopolies and published draft guidelines on the factors that it will consider in enforcing the prohibition. The draft guidelines structure the IAA's decision-making process in enforcing the excessive pricing prohibition and are expected to reduce significantly the number of cases in which the IAA will take action on the grounds of excessive pricing.

Antitrust authority publishes draft guidelines on calculation of financial sanctions
Tadmor & Co Yuval Levy & Co
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Israel
  • September 01 2016

The Israel Antitrust Authority (IAA) recently published draft guidelines on the factors that the IAA commissioner will consider when determining the financial sanction to be imposed on antitrust violators. The draft guidelines aim to structure the commissioner's decision-making process when determining financial sanctions while considering the specific circumstances of each case and offer a quantitative methodology in this regard.

Antitrust authority re-evaluates policy on excessive pricing
Tadmor & Co Yuval Levy & Co
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Israel
  • June 02 2016

The Israel Antitrust Authority (IAA) recently announced a public hearing and formal re-evaluation of the merits, enforceability and effectiveness of its policy regarding the prohibition on excessive pricing by monopolies. The announcement may result in a major overhaul of the IAA's policy regarding excessive pricing and the annulment of major portions of its guidelines on the issue.

Antitrust Authority targets roll-back discounts
Tadmor & Co Yuval Levy & Co
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Israel
  • March 17 2016

The antitrust commissioner recently imposed a $2.3 million fine on Ashdod Port for providing retroactive discounts to vehicle importers that used its facilities. Discounting practices are generally welcome, but when undertaken by monopolies, some discounting schemes may contravene antitrust laws. Dominant firms are advised to check their pricing practices to avoid potential liability.

Misleading patent office as abuse of dominant position
Tadmor & Co Yuval Levy & Co
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Israel
  • January 07 2016

The Central District Court recently rendered a precedential decision in a claim brought by an Israeli manufacturer and distributor of generic pharmaceuticals against a multinational innovator pharmaceutical company. The decision dealt with challenges faced by the innovator pharmaceutical company in its attempts to prevent or delay the entrance of generic drugs into the market and raises questions regarding the interface between IP law and antitrust law.

Supreme Court renders milestone decision on vertical arrangements
Tadmor & Co Yuval Levy & Co
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Israel
  • September 24 2015

The Supreme Court recently issued a landmark ruling in an appeal of the lower court's conviction of a large retail chain for breach of merger conditions and attempting to engage in a restrictive arrangement. In its analysis of the arrangement under review, the court outlined a new legal approach towards vertical arrangements, overturning a longstanding and highly criticised precedent.

Monopoly restrictions proposed on businesses with less than 50% market share
Tadmor & Co Yuval Levy & Co
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Israel
  • July 02 2015

The Israel Antitrust Authority recently published a memorandum that proposes the application of monopoly restrictions on businesses that hold a market share of less than 50% if they possess significant market power. A second recent memorandum aims to reduce barriers to imports by restricting the ability of an official importer to abuse its power and diminish competition from parallel imports.

Antitrust authority proposes reform of merger control and removal of import barriers
Tadmor & Co Yuval Levy & Co
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Israel
  • April 16 2015

The Israeli Antitrust Authority recently proposed significant reform of the merger control regime in an attempt to expand the application of merger controls in some respects, while decreasing the number of mergers that are subject to compulsory filing. The authority has also called for the imposition of special duties that are applicable only to monopolies and authorised distributors.

Amendments target exclusive distribution agreements and facilitate parallel imports
Tadmor & Co Yuval Levy & Co
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Israel
  • January 15 2015

Parliament recently approved amendments to the Restrictive Trade Practices Law. The changes include the annulment of the mutual exclusivity exemption between suppliers and distributors. The changes should be closely monitored by foreign firms that operate in Israel, whether directly or through local representatives or distributors.

Supreme Court overturns Antitrust Tribunal decision in precedential ruling
Tadmor & Co Yuval Levy & Co
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Israel
  • October 30 2014

The Supreme Court recently published its ruling regarding an appeal filed by Azrieli Group – one of Israel's leading shopping mall groups – against an Antitrust Tribunal decision. The ruling halts a gradual erosion in the scope of judicial review over decisions of the general director of the Israel Antitrust Authority.

New competition regulations enter initial implementation stage
Tadmor & Co Yuval Levy & Co
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Israel
  • July 10 2014

In recent months a series of new laws focusing on the competitiveness of the Israeli economy have been implemented. The Advancement of Competition in the Food Sector Law 2014 and the Advancement of Competition and Reduction of Concentration Law 2013 have both introduced drastic and far-reaching regulations that will significantly affect the activities of many corporations in Israel.

Food sector on target: new competition regulations become effective
Tadmor & Co Yuval Levy & Co
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Israel
  • April 24 2014

Parliament recently passed the Advancement of Competition in the Food Sector Law. According to the law's explanatory notes, its main objective is to increase competitiveness in the food sector in order to reduce product prices for consumers. While this objective is noble, it is unclear whether the law will appropriately and effectively achieve it.

Antitrust commissioner announces major policy change on excessive pricing
Tadmor & Co Yuval Levy & Co
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Israel
  • January 30 2014

The Antitrust Authority recently published its Draft Guidelines on the Prohibition on Excessive Pricing by a Monopoly, reflecting a significant change in the authority's interpretation of the Restrictive Trade Practices Law. The antitrust commissioner has stated for the first time that charging excessive prices is deemed unfair pricing, and subsequently that this practice is deemed an abuse of a monopoly position.

Supervision of restrictive arrangements is reformed
Tadmor & Co Yuval Levy & Co
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Israel
  • November 07 2013

The Antitrust Authority recently published a new block exemption that significantly reforms the supervision of restrictive arrangements in Israel. Going forward, ancillary restraints in vertical arrangements (except for minimum or fixed resale price maintenance) no longer require the prior approval of the Antitrust Tribunal or the antitrust commissioner, provided that such arrangement does not significantly harm competition.

Draft guidelines on information exchange in the course of due diligence
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  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Israel
  • July 25 2013

The Antitrust Authority recently published draft guidelines for conducting due diligence in transactions that require the transfer of sensitive information. The guidelines confer ultimate discretion regarding the due diligence process - and the potential liability that comes with it - on the parties. Parties to a horizontal transaction should be especially cautious in order to avoid incurring significant antitrust liability.

Pre-merger negotiations between competitors
Tadmor & Co Yuval Levy & Co
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Israel
  • May 23 2013

Counselling on the appropriate bounds of information exchange and coordination between competing parties that wish to merge or act in a joint venture can be challenging for antitrust practitioners. Due to high levels of confusion, a lack of case law and the need for accurate advice, over the past few months the Antitrust Authority and the appellate court have provided some practical guidelines on this matter.

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