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Competition & Antitrust

April 12 2018
José Inácio Ferraz De Alemeida Prado Filho CADE and Central Bank sign memorandum for further cooperation

Brazil - BMA Barbosa Müssnich Aragão

The Administrative Council for Economic Defence (CADE) and the Central Bank recently entered into a memorandum of understanding. This initiative strengthens the relationship between the two authorities and promotes greater cooperation among them for the analysis of merger cases and anti-competitive practices by financial institutions. It also represents an important step forward, signalling the end to the longstanding dispute between CADE and the Central Bank over jurisdictional conflicts.

Authors: José Inácio Ferraz De Alemeida Prado Filho, Vivian Terng
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Michael Gu NDRC antitrust enforcement in 2017

China - AnJie Law Firm

In 2017 the National Development and Reform Commission actively carried out legislative work and formulated and promulgated industrial guidelines and enforcement procedures. In addition, it remained active in its antitrust enforcement by not only penalising a variety of enterprises for anti-competitive conduct, but also targeting administrative agencies that had abused their administrative power in order to restrict or eliminate competition.

Authors: Michael Gu, Sihui Sun
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Bill Batchelor Calling it 'legal' does not make it so

European Union - Baker McKenzie LLP

The European Court of Justice recently dismissed an appeal against a General Court judgment which largely upheld the European Commission's prohibition decision taken against Telefónica and Portugal Telecom for a non-compete covenant in a share purchase agreement. The non-compete agreement purported to restrain the parties from competing in Portugal and Spain "to the extent permitted by law".

Authors: Bill Batchelor, Hannelore Wiame
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Man Mohan Sharma CCI denies chemical companies' single-entity defence against collusive bidding

India - Vaish Associates Advocates

The Competition Commission of India recently imposed penalties totalling Rs62.7 million on three chemical companies for bid rigging and collusive bidding under the Competition Act. The order marks a significant positive development in regard to the concept of a 'single economic entity' in India, bringing practice in line with that of mature competition law jurisdictions.

Author: Man Mohan Sharma
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Recent updates

Man Mohan Sharma CCI dismisses allegations of anti-competitive conduct against industrial development companies

India - Vaish Associates Advocates

Author: Man Mohan Sharma
Martin André Dittmer Competition Council finds that CD Pharma abused its dominant position

Denmark - Gorrissen Federspiel

Author: Martin André Dittmer
Katarzyna Terlecka Competition authority's first decision on unfair use of contractual advantage in food sector

Poland - Schoenherr Attorneys at Law

Authors: Katarzyna Terlecka, Pawel Kulak
Kai Neuhaus Federal Court of Justice rules on price comparison tool ban

Germany - CMS

Author: Kai Neuhaus
Gönenç Gürkaynak Competition Board concludes preliminary investigation into air conditioning sector

Turkey - ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law

Author: Gönenç Gürkaynak
Koen Platteau Competition College refuses to initiate Phase II investigation of Volvo's acquisition of Kant

Belgium - Simmons & Simmons LLP

Authors: Koen Platteau, Mathieu Vancaillie
Sanaya F Vachha Competition Commission investigates nine animal feed manufacturers for deceptive marketing

Pakistan - Vellani & Vellani

Author: Sanaya F Vachha
Galina Petkova Private damages directive implemented in law

Bulgaria - Schoenherr Attorneys at Law

Author: Galina Petkova

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