Antitrust

  • Are EU merger review thresholds falling behind the times?

    EU Merger Control has clear rules on when a merger of two companies needs to be examined by the EU competition authority. The idea is two-fold: give legal certainty to companies and ensure that all potentially harmful merger projects are actually reviewed by a responsible competition authority. The current rule book developed from EU antitrust…

  • EU competition law to be bolstered by national antitrust powers

    EU’s competition chief Commissioner Vestager says that competition law is enforced in an inconsistent manner by the 28 national antitrust watchdogs. Legislation might be the means to solve this issue for which a public consultation was launched on 4 November 2015. Commissioner Vestager explained her concerns on 9 November 2015 to the European Parliament. National competition regulators co-enforce…

  • E-commerce sector inquiry: a new round of questionnaires has been distributed

    Even though Brussels feels abandoned, certain areas resembling a movie set from a post-apocalypse movie, the E-commerce sector inquiry is ongoing. Chasing down all competition concerns in the e-commerce sector, the Commission has sent out a new round of questionnaires focusing on online marketplaces that act as hubs for independent traders (e.g Amazon.com or eBay).…

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