HSF Competition team launches new “CRTea” podcast series

Welcome to our brand new “CRTea” podcast series, which will bring you the latest developments in Competition, Regulatory and Trade (“CRT”) law from across EMEA and beyond. In this rapidly-evolving regulatory landscape, these regular podcasts will provide practical insights from our network of specialists (and maybe some special guests along the way) in a digestible, … Read more

Hong Kong Competition Law Enforcement Updates: A Tiger Ready to Pounce

The Hong Kong Competition Commission celebrated the sixth full year of the Competition Ordinance in December 2021, after an increase of enforcement activities and policy making efforts during 2021. 2022 has started with a flurry of activity. On 18 January 2022, the Commission conducted a joint dawn raid in the building maintenance sector with the … Read more

A new dawn for cartel enforcement? Competition authorities across Europe resume unannounced dawn raid inspections

On 22 June 2021 the European Commission (“Commission”) revealed that it had carried out surprise inspections at the German premises of a company active in the clothing sector, suspected of infringing competition rules.  This was the first unannounced inspection, or “dawn raid”, conducted by the Commission since the COVID-19 pandemic first struck Europe in March … Read more

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE OECD WORKSHOP ON GENDER AND COMPETITION POLICY

As we celebrate International Women’s Week in various different ways, we have also been reflecting on gender and competition policy. This is an area which has been coming under increasing focus, and which our Brussels competition team is monitoring closely. Two key themes are the opportunity for competition authorities and practitioners to adopt a gender … Read more

EU Commission fines in first purchasing cartel in the chemical sector

On 22 January 2021, the European Commission published a non-confidential version of its decision to fine ethylene purchasers Orbia, Clariant and Celanese a total of EUR 260 million for participating in a cartel aimed at purchasing ethylene at the lowest possible price, to the detriment of ethylene sellers. Westlake, a fourth participant, applied for and … Read more

CJEU confirms Pirelli’s parental liability in Power Cables Cartel

On 28 October 2020, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) dismissed in its entirety an appeal brought by Pirelli & C. SpA (Pirelli) against a General Court ruling which confirmed Pirelli’s joint and several liability in the 2014 power cables cartel. The CJEU confirmed the General Court’s findings that the Commission was entitled … Read more

International Competition Network’s scoping paper on “Big Data and Cartels”: Big Data and algorithms as a new “threat” and a new “tool” for cartel enforcement

Earlier this year, we discussed the potential implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on cartels and collaboration between competitors (see our e-bulletins here and here). Regulators have been open to allowing certain types of cooperation between competitors to address the impact of the crisis.  They have nonetheless been careful to stress that this is not general … Read more