EU legislators reach agreement on Digital Markets Act

The EU Parliament and Council reached political agreement on the Digital Markets Act (DMA) late on Thursday night (24 March). The Commission has been quick to welcome the agreement, stating that the DMA “will bring fairer conditions to consumers and businesses for many digital services across the EU” (see Commission Press release). Although the DMA … 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

The European Commission publishes final report on consumer Internet of Things sector inquiry

On 20 January 2022 the European Commission (“Commission“) published its final report on the consumer Internet of Things (“IoT“) sector inquiry, largely confirming its preliminary findings issued in July 2021. These include concerns around high market entry barriers, the influence on the market of a small number of vertically integrated players, and issues around access … Read more

Behavioural remedies in merger cases at a crossroads: Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf overturns FCO clearance for EWE/Telecom JV

Last week the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf overturned a decision adopted by the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) clearing a JV between Telekom Deutschland and EWE, a regional utility company. The JV partners were looking to cooperate in the development of fibre-optic networks in parts of Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia and Bremen. This is … Read more

FCO opens new proceedings against Facebook

The German FCO has not lost its appetite to take on major tech companies. Today, it has announced that it has initiated abuse proceedings against Facebook to examine the linkage between Oculus virtual reality products and Facebooks’ social network. Read more