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Competition & Antitrust

12 March 2020
Anna Turi Increased fines – HCA targets telecom companies

Hungary - Schoenherr

In the past three months, three telecom giants received unexpectedly heavy fines from the Hungarian Competition Authority (HCA) in consumer protection cases. In 2019 the HCA imposed more fines in total for unfair commercial practices against consumers than in cartel cases and, on the basis of its recent decisions, it looks likely to do the same in 2020. These recent decisions also show that repeated infringements are now subject to a stricter assessment.

Authors: Anna Turi, Márk Kovács
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Kate McKenna CCPC consults on proposed guidelines for simplified merger notification procedure

Ireland - Matheson

On 14 June 2019 the Irish Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) confirmed its plan to introduce in 2020 a simplified procedure for the notification of mergers which satisfy the relevant financial thresholds and do not raise competition concerns. The CCPC has now consulted on draft guidance on the simplified procedure, although the outcome of the consultation and a decision on from what date the new procedure will be available is still unknown.

Author: Kate McKenna
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Recent updates

Eva Škufca CPA examines multi-apartment building management market

Slovenia - Schoenherr

Authors: Eva Škufca, Urša Picelj
Sascha Dethof FCO guidance on B2B platforms: launch of digital agricultural platform approved

Germany - Fieldfisher (Germany) LLP

Author: Sascha Dethof
Hao Zhan Highlights of AML draft amendment – coming changes to competition law

China - AnJie Law Firm

Authors: Hao Zhan, Ying Song, Zhan Yang
Kate McKenna CCPC continues trend of imposing behavioural remedies

Ireland - Matheson

Author: Kate McKenna
Dieter Hauck Family business and group privilege

Austria - Preslmayr Attorneys at Law

Author: Dieter Hauck
Marcel Meinhardt Federal Supreme Court examines margin squeeze under Swiss competition law

Switzerland - Lenz & Staehelin

Authors: Marcel Meinhardt, Suzan Hacisalihzade
Gönenç Gürkaynak Competition aspects of merger control: 2019 M&A status report

Turkey - ELIG Gurkaynak Attorneys-at-Law

Author: Gönenç Gürkaynak
Gerald A Stein Understanding FTC's monetary equitable remedies under Section 13(b) for antitrust violations

USA - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Author: Gerald A Stein

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