Successful leniency application sees HKCC take new IT cartel case to court and adoption of first infringement notice remedy by authority

    On 22 January 2020 the Hong Kong Competition Commission (HKCC) commenced proceedings against Quantr Ltd (Quantr) and one of its directors in the Competition Tribunal (Tribunal). The proceedings concern alleged cartel conduct in 2017 relating to a bidding exercise organised by Ocean Park Corporation (Ocean Park) for the procurement of IT services based on Nintext … Read more

    Hot off the press: HSF overview of collective damages claims in competition cases in the UK published in GCR Guide to Private Litigation

    We are delighted that our overview of collective damages claims in competition cases in the UK has just been published as part of Global Competition Review’s new Guide to Private Litigation. The Guide includes 21 chapters written by leading practitioners, exploring in depth the key themes raised in competition litigation across the globe. We are … Read more

    The ACCC pilots its first ‘Effect Test’ in misuse of Market Power Proceedings

    On 6 December 2019, the ACCC launched its first enforcement proceedings under the new ‘effects test’ prohibition on misuse of market power.  The proceedings will provide much needed guidance as to how the much-debated ‘effects test’ will apply to unilateral conduct. It is noteworthy that the two proceedings to date that invoke the ‘effects test’ … Read more

    Digital competition law update from Germany: Franco-German report on algorithms and competition law, and draft German law on Digitalisation of German Competition Law

    Competition law/algorithms has been a hot topic of debate amongst practitioners and enforcers for a while, and now two of Europe’s top antitrust enforcers, the Autorité de la Concurrence and the Bundeskartellamt, have joined forces to analyse and publish a report on the potential competition law risks relating to pricing algorithms and their potential contribution … Read more

    THE OFFICERS OF COMPANIES THAT INFRINGE SPANISH COMPETITION RULES MAY BE PENALISED FOR THEIR PASSIVE CONDUCT IN THE INFRINGEMENT

    In its recent judgments dated 1 October 2019 (in connection with appeals 5280/2018 and 5244/2018), the Spanish Supreme Court (the “SSC”) has found that the legal representatives and members of the management boards of undertakings that infringe competition rules need not have a decisive or significant role in the infringement; they can be penalised for … Read more

    Enforcement in the pharmaceutical sector – HKCC decides pharmaceutical product survey subject to competition rules

    The Hong Kong Competition Commission (HKCC) has ruled that a pharmaceutical sales survey proposed by some members of the Hong Kong Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry (HKAPI) is covered by the First Conduct Rule, which prohibits anti-competitive agreements. The HKAPI had planned to collect sales data from pharmaceutical companies on their prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceutical … Read more