Government publishes further competition Brexit legislation amending its original Regulations on competition law in order to address the issue of EU commitments relating to the UK

On 10 September 2019 the UK Government published the text of a second Competition Brexit SI, the Competition (Amendment etc.)(EU Exit)(No2) Regulations 2019 (the new Regulations) which make a number of changes to the original Competition (Amendment etc.)(EU Exit) Regulation 2019 (the principal Regulations).  The principal Regulations are discussed in an earlier blog post here. … Read more

Vestager nominated to remain as Commissioner for Competition

On 10 September 2019 European Commission President-Elect Ursula von der Leyen presented her list of nominees for the next College of Commissioners, due to take office on 1 November 2019. In an unexpected turn of events, she has proposed that Margarethe Vestager continues in her current role as the Commissioner for Competition, alongside a new … Read more

CMA requires reversal of integration steps pending investigation into Bottomline/Experian Payments Gateway merger

On 6 August 2019 the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published an unwinding order requiring the reversal of post-completion integration steps taken in the completed acquisition by Bottomline Technologies Limited (Bottomline UK) of Experian Limited’s Experian Payments Gateway business (the EPG business). The order is intended to restore the market position to what it … Read more

German FCO’s landmark Facebook decision suspended on appeal

On 26 August 2019, the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court (DHRC) granted a temporary injunction suspending the German Federal Cartel Office’s (FCO’s) landmark abuse of dominance decision against Facebook, pending final determination of the company’s appeal. In an important judgment with potential ramifications for the enforcement of competition law in the digital economy well beyond the … Read more

K-LINE RECEIVES A RECORD $34.5M FINE FOR CRIMINAL CARTEL CONDUCT

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd (K-Line) has received the largest criminal fine imposed under the Competition and Consumer Act, after pleading guilty to criminal cartel conduct in 2018. Justice Wigney of the Federal Court stated that the penalty “should send a powerful message to multinational corporations” and that “anti-competitive conduct will not be tolerated”. It is … Read more

ACCC’S GAME CHANGING DIGITAL PLATFORMS FINAL REPORT: 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

The ACCC is at the forefront of the global debate on the implications and consequences of digital platforms for competition and consumers. In its final report, the ACCC has approached the challenges and opportunities presented by digital platforms by adopting a holistic approach that takes account of the close links between competition, consumer and privacy … Read more