The next change in German competition law is just around the corner

In Germany, the next amendment of the competition law regime is on its way. This week, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) presented a draft bill to tighten competition. In this post, we present the envisaged changes and put them in perspective. An agenda becomes reality Back in March, we summarised the … Continue reading The next change in German competition law is just around the corner

Three learnings from the EU’s Foreign Investment Control Report

The European Commission has published its Second Annual Report on the screening of foreign direct investments into the EU. The report provides an overview of the current status of foreign investment control, and is accompanied by a (data heavy) Staff Working Document. Here are three learnings from both documents. Just as a reminder: In the … Continue reading Three learnings from the EU’s Foreign Investment Control Report

Private equity in the spotlight – In the US and beyond?

Deal certainty and timing predictability are key issues in every transaction involving private equity investors. So, preparing apostilled versions of registry excerpts for merger control filings in jurisdictions where a-never-heard-of subsidiary of a portfolio company has negligible sales to two de-minimis-customers to get clearance in four months has understandably never evoked cheers by clients. However, … Continue reading Private equity in the spotlight – In the US and beyond?

One training to learn it all

Normally on this blog, we deal with academic topics and legal issues at the intersection of antitrust law and politics. From time to time, however, we also want to provide an insight into the practical work of antitrust practitioners. This post summarizes some key points which should be considered when conducting antitrust trainings. One training … Continue reading One training to learn it all

What do football, golf, ice skating and padel have in common? Antitrust disputes!

You might have heard about Tiger Woods being offered up to USD 800 million to join the LIV golf tour, about Real Madrid, Juventus Turin and others intending to form the “Super League”, about ice skaters being prevented to join a certain tournament, or about two federations in the sport of padel clashing with each … Continue reading What do football, golf, ice skating and padel have in common? Antitrust disputes!

Information exchange: What to expect from the new Horizontal Guidelines

We have already blogged about the new Draft Horizontal Guidelines here. Even though the topic of information exchange and its potential effects on competition is not entirely new, the relevant antitrust limits are still highly relevant and much discussed. Although there may still be changes until the final version, the Draft Horizontal Guidelines indicate which … Continue reading Information exchange: What to expect from the new Horizontal Guidelines

Right to equal treatment in cartel cases…or not?

One or the other company that has been investigated in a cartel case may know the feeling: In more or less informal discussions with the authority, one is overcome by the impression of not being fully informed about the status of the investigation, while other affected companies could have received more information. Whilst this is … Continue reading Right to equal treatment in cartel cases…or not?

Three points from the Monopolies Commission 2022 Biennial Report

Earlier this month, the German Monopolies Commission published its new Biennial Report: “Competition 2022”. The report is a 325 pages “beast” with six chapters. There is lots of interesting stuff for the antitrust connoisseur in there, but too much ground to cover in a post with a length of our liking. So, this post will … Continue reading Three points from the Monopolies Commission 2022 Biennial Report

Bidding consortia: More guidance to come

As many of our readers might know, the Vertical Block Exemptions and the corresponding Guidelines were just the beginning of a series of new Block Exemptions and Guidelines in Europe. Already in March 2022, the European Commission published its Draft Horizontal Guidelines, which should ultimately become effective as of January 2023. One chapter deals with … Continue reading Bidding consortia: More guidance to come