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Competition & Antitrust

21 January 2021
Beatrijs Gielen Dawn raid's illegality does not automatically void subsequent request for information

Belgium - ALTIUS

The Market Court of the Brussels Court of Appeal recently ruled in a case involving a Belgian telecoms operator, which had been ongoing for more than a decade. In this latest judgment, the Market Court ruled on the effects of a dawn raid's illegality and confirmed the two-step test for determining the same.

Authors: Beatrijs Gielen, Carmen Verdonck
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Galina Petkova CPC introduces pre-notification contact in merger proceedings

Bulgaria - Schoenherr

From 1 January 2021, the Commission for the Protection of Competition (CPC) will be available for pre-notification discussions. To this end, the CPC has published rules for such contact. The CPC's rules on pre-notification contact are a step in the right direction in implementing best European practices on merger control. Nonetheless, it remains to be seen how practical they will be for the notifying parties.

Author: Galina Petkova
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Srdjana Petronijević Competition authority opens gun-jumping investigation in pharmacy sector

Serbia - Moravčević Vojnović and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr

The Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC) is investigating whether Pharmacy Janković has beached the obligation to notify the acquisition of control over a pharmacy chain in the town of Zrenjanin. Zrenjanin has granted a concession to the pharmacy to finance, revitalise, manage and run pharmaceutical operations for 15 years.

Authors: Srdjana Petronijević, Zoran Šoljaga
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Hungary - Schoenherr

Author: Anna Turi
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Belgium - ALTIUS

Authors: Carmen Verdonck, Nina Methens
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Czech Republic - Schoenherr

Author: Claudia Bock
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Serbia - Moravčević Vojnović and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr

Authors: Srdjana Petronijević, Zoran Šoljaga
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Croatia - Schoenherr

Authors: Ana Marjančić, Zoran Šoljaga
Marcel Meinhardt Parliament agrees on stricter concept of market power

Switzerland - Lenz & Staehelin

Authors: Marcel Meinhardt, Virginia Ondelli
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USA - Baker & Miller PLLC

Authors: W Todd Miller, Donald I Baker
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Mexico - SAI Law & Economics

Authors: Lucía Ojeda Cárdenas, Felipe García Cuevas, Diego Hernández Aello