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Competition & Antitrust

14 November 2019
Srdjana Petronijević New state aid regime

Serbia - Moravčević Vojnović and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr

From 1 January 2020, Serbia will have a new state aid regime under the new Act on State Aid Control. One of the goals of the new act is to harmonise Serbia's state aid legal framework with EU law, which will help to advance the EU accession process and the implementation of Negotiation Chapter 8 – Competition Policy. Until now, market participants have not focused on compliance with the state aid rules, likely due to a lack of awareness and relatively lenient enforcement; this is expected to change under the new act.

Authors: Srdjana Petronijević, Zoran Šoljaga, Jelena Obradović
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Marcel Meinhardt Low fine for vertical price fixing against Swiss ski manufacturer after leniency application

Switzerland - Lenz & Staehelin

The Competition Commission (ComCo) recently fined a Swiss manufacturer of skis and other sporting goods Sfr140,000 for vertical price fixing with its dealers. The fine was rather low, as the manufacturer had filed a leniency application and entered into an amicable settlement with ComCo. This settlement decision underscores ComCo's strict approach vis-à-vis hardcore vertical agreements and sheds light on how ComCo views restrictions of selective (online) distribution in Switzerland.

Authors: Marcel Meinhardt, Damian Joho
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Gönenç Gürkaynak Competition Board appoints new members: quorum established

Turkey - ELIG Gurkaynak Attorneys-at-Law

Two of the three vacant positions on the Competition Board (the competent decision-making organ of the Competition Authority) have now been filled. Despite the Competition Board's existing backlog, the inauguration of the newly appointed members means that it can now proceed with and resolve contentious matters that were pending on its agenda. The lack of quorum will no longer be a limiting factor for the functioning of the board.

Author: Gönenç Gürkaynak
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Recent updates

Hao Zhan Can transactions 'by steps' circumvent merger control rules?

China - AnJie Law Firm

Authors: Hao Zhan, Ying Song
Robin D Adelstein California's legislature passes bill enhancing antitrust scrutiny of patent settlements

USA - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Authors: Robin D Adelstein, Eliot Turner
Yoshihiko Matake Recent developments regarding attorney-client privilege

Japan - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Author: Yoshihiko Matake
Galina Petkova CPC fines snack distributor for unfair solicitation of customers

Bulgaria - Advokatsko Druzhestvo Andreev Stoyanov & Tsekova in cooperation with Schönherr

Authors: Galina Petkova, Rosen Manchev
Man Mohan Sharma Supreme Court permits material seized during dawn raid to be used as evidence

India - Vaish Associates Advocates

Author: Man Mohan Sharma
Bernardine Adkins Investment planning: factoring in UK merger control regime

United Kingdom - Gowling WLG

Authors: Bernardine Adkins, Samuel Beighton
Claudia Bock New developments in competition authority's decision-making practice: whistleblowers and appointed guardians

Czech Republic - Schoenherr

Author: Claudia Bock
Dieter Hauck Amazon slightly changes course

Austria - Preslmayr Attorneys at Law

Author: Dieter Hauck

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