Today, the German parliament passed the “Digital Competition Act” which is the 10th amendment to the Act against Restraints of Competition (ARC).

The amended law – which will very likely enter into force January 2021 – will bring about significant changes to the German competition law landscape. In particular, the Digital Competition Act will:

  • substantially increase the relevant thresholds of the German merger control regime;
  • introduce new tools for the Federal Cartel Office (FCO) targeted at digital gatekeepers;
  • implement changes required by the ECN+ Directive aimed at a more effective investigation of anti-competitive behaviour; and
  • bring about changes to the rules governing fines for antitrust infringements (including the regulation of the German leniency program).

This briefing focusses on the most important changes with relevance for M&A activity and the digital sector.

Read the full briefing here.

Contacts

Marcel Nuys

Marcel Nuys
Partner, Dusseldorf
+49 211 975 59065

Kyriakos Fountoukakos

Kyriakos Fountoukakos
Managing Partner, Brussels
+32 2 518 1840

Peter Rowland

Peter Rowland
Of Counsel, Brussels
+32 2 518 1847

Florian Huerkamp

Florian Huerkamp
Counsel, Dusseldorf
+49 211 975 59063

Annika Gante

Annika Gante
Associate, Dusseldorf
+49 211 975 59058