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Competition & Antitrust

02 April 2020
Martin André Dittmer DCCA enforcement: merger control suspended

Denmark - Gorrissen Federspiel

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across Denmark, merger control has come to a temporary standstill and significant parts of the country's public administration have already been shut down for three weeks. However, the Danish competition authorities are adamant that competition law remains in force and will prioritise enforcement against companies that take advantage of the current situation through illegal behaviour, such as coordinating prices or limiting the production of certain goods.

Authors: Martin André Dittmer, Thomas Skou
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Lucía Ojeda Cárdenas Competition considerations between entities of same corporate group during bidding process

Mexico - SAI Law & Economics

The Federal Economic Competition Commission's (COFECE's) board of commissioners recently fined two polyethylene glove providers for price fixing and bid rigging in the health sector. According to COFECE's resolution, the lack of competition in the bids for polyethylene gloves prevented lower acquisition prices, which affected the Mexican budget by approximately Ps42.28 million (approximately $1.7 million).

Authors: Lucía Ojeda Cárdenas, Mariana Carrion
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Gerald A Stein Collaboration and catastrophe: antitrust laws in face of COVID-19

USA - Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

While antitrust and consumer protection laws provide flexibility for firms to respond to changing market conditions, such as those created by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to remember that certain conduct will remain prohibited by antitrust and consumer protection laws no matter the circumstances.

Authors: Gerald A Stein, Eliot Turner, Molly Billings, M Miles Robinson
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Austria - Preslmayr Attorneys at Law

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Switzerland - Lenz & Staehelin

Authors: Marcel Meinhardt, Suzan Hacisalihzade
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USA - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

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