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Competition & Antitrust

24 September 2020
Galina Petkova Supreme Administrative Court repeals merger clearance for Sopharma Trading/Pharmastore

Bulgaria - Schoenherr

The Supreme Administrative Court, acting as the second and final instance, recently repealed the Commission for the Protection of Competition's (CPC's) clearance for the acquisition of Pharmastore OOD by Sopharma Trading AD. In its decision, the Supreme Administrative Court ruled that the CPC had failed to analyse the de facto vertical links between Sopharma and CHS.

Author: Galina Petkova
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Claudia Bock E-cigarette distributor fined for resale price maintenance

Czech Republic - Schoenherr

In a first-instance decision, the Office for the Protection of Competition has fined RITCHY EU sro Kc6.7 million (€270,000) for resale price maintenance practices. According to the decision, RITCHY EU, a distributor of e-cigarettes and refills, violated the Act on the Protection of Competition between 6 September 2017 and 31 March 2019 by imposing on its customers minimum resale prices for the goods concerned.

Author: Claudia Bock
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Sascha Dethof Amazon versus marketplace merchants: FCO is investigating

Germany - Fieldfisher (Germany) LLP

The Federal Cartel Office (FCO) is investigating whether Amazon influences pricing on the Amazon marketplace. According to the FCO, it received numerous complaints from merchants regarding Amazon's conduct. The investigation is one of a number of antitrust measures being undertaken in Germany with regard to powerful platforms (eg, Facebook and Booking.com). The German legislature has also become active and included special provisions for powerful platforms in the upcoming antitrust law.

Author: Sascha Dethof
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Amanda Wait Competitive edge in merger control and FDI: everything you need to know to stay ahead

International - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

As the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, increased M&A activity is likely until at least the end of 2020. The pandemic has changed the landscape of M&A, antitrust and foreign direct investment reviews globally in many key areas, including with regard to so-called 'killer acquisitions', failing firm arguments, distressed transactions and gun jumping.

Authors: Amanda Wait, Abigail Schwarz
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Pawel Kulak UOKiK will investigate fruit market over potential price fixing

Poland - Schoenherr

The National Council of Agricultural Chambers recently asked the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) to look into potential competition rule breaches in the soft fruit market, especially regarding the sale of gooseberries. According to gooseberry growers, the buying price of gooseberries is too low compared with the potential price of further sale. The UOKiK is set to investigate Poland's soft fruit market over suspected price fixing.

Author: Pawel Kulak
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Gönenç Gürkaynak Competition Board concludes preliminary investigation highlighting its approach to online sales

Turkey - ELIG Gurkaynak Attorneys-at-Law

The Competition Board recently published its reasoned decision following a preliminary investigation based on allegations that two companies had violated Article 4 of Law 4054 on the Protection of Competition by determining dealers' resale prices, fixing discount rates and limiting the payment methods of their dealers.

Author: Gönenç Gürkaynak
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Recent updates

Sanaya F Vachha Generic trademarks and deceptive marketing practices: Competition Commission rejects genericism defence

Pakistan - Vellani & Vellani

Author: Sanaya F Vachha
Martin André Dittmer Digital companies under increased scrutiny

Denmark - Gorrissen Federspiel

Authors: Martin André Dittmer, Thomas Skou
Beatrijs Gielen BCA and civil courts rule on interim measure requests in football industry

Belgium - ALTIUS

Authors: Beatrijs Gielen, Nina Methens, Carmen Verdonck
Kate McKenna Competition law update: what's new?

Ireland - Matheson

Author: Kate McKenna
Hao Zhan SAMR publishes leniency guidelines

China - AnJie Law Firm

Authors: Hao Zhan, Ying Song, Zhan Yang
Dieter Hauck COVID-19 crisis: shutdown mergers expected

Austria - Preslmayr Attorneys at Law

Author: Dieter Hauck
Lucía Ojeda Cárdenas COFECE penalises cartel in public procurement for health sector: integral services for laboratory studies and blood bank

Mexico - SAI Law & Economics

Authors: Lucía Ojeda Cárdenas, Mariana Carrion
Galina Petkova Competition analysis of production, transmission and supply of heating for household and non-household needs

Bulgaria - Schoenherr

Author: Galina Petkova

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