Supply chains and antitrust

Last week, five competition authorities announced to launch a new working group focussed on sharing information to identify and prevent potentially anticompetitive conduct in the global supply and distribution of goods. In this post, we will elaborate why these five cartel authorities in particular are working together (and who is not participating this time). We … Continue reading Supply chains and antitrust

Dual distribution, information exchange, and the EC’s consultation – practical and policy highlights

The European Commission has launched an “additional” public consultation on guidance regarding information exchange in dual distribution. More guidance is welcome, but timing is tight. This post provides a short overview of what the guidance/consultation are about and of their policy implications. The Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (VBER) and the accompanying Vertical Guidelines lay out … Continue reading Dual distribution, information exchange, and the EC’s consultation – practical and policy highlights

Billion-dollar baby: Playing video games

January was quite a month for the video gaming industry with three blockbuster deals. Many commentators have tried to predict potential antitrust issues and highlighted the anticipated interest of antitrust regulators in these cases worldwide. In this post, we provide an overview of recent developments and the relevant markets. The new year started with a … Continue reading Billion-dollar baby: Playing video games

Foreign investment control in Germany – a short history  

GlobalWafers’ acquisition of Siltronic has failed because German foreign investment control approval could not be obtained in time. The case stands for a development in past years: Many countries have tightened their foreign investment regimes, some of them considerably. In this post, we undertake a brief review of the history of foreign investment control in … Continue reading Foreign investment control in Germany – a short history  

Not always against big tech: Bundeskartellamt terminates proceeding against Google

Nearly unnoticed by the antitrust world, the German Bundeskartellamt has terminated proceedings against Google regarding so-called “Transport Layer Security Certificates”. With nearly daily decisions or new investigations against big tech, the termination of a proceeding without a finding or a fine appears almost rare. Here is a short run through the when, how, and why … Continue reading Not always against big tech: Bundeskartellamt terminates proceeding against Google

Antitrust and the Political System – Austria: A review of 2021

In part IV of our series on antitrust and the political system, Christoph Haid, partner at Austrian law firm schoenherr, reviews the last year that brought significant changes to the Austrian authority and the competition law regime. An abrupt ending to a year long reign, with a new election scheduled for 2022 – what sounds … Continue reading Antitrust and the Political System – Austria: A review of 2021

A few thoughts on the European Commission’s Internet of Things Sector Inquiry

The European Commission has published its final report on the sector inquiry into the consumer Internet of Things (IoT), i.e., into “smart devices” like wearables, smart speakers or smart home products. The document is a pretty crisp summary of the consumer IoT as the Commission sees it and contains quite a number of hints on … Continue reading A few thoughts on the European Commission’s Internet of Things Sector Inquiry

Data protection and antitrust law – a relationship for eternity?

Last week, we blogged about the Bundeskartellamt finding that Alphabet/Google has a “paramount significance across markets”. One aspect that played a role in this and other cases is the relationship between data protection and antitrust law. A reason for us to take a closer look at this relationship in recent case law. As an antitrust … Continue reading Data protection and antitrust law – a relationship for eternity?

(Not) a happy new year?

We have blogged about recent cases involving big tech here and here. With its first press release this year, the Bundeskartellamt found that Alphabet/Google has a “paramount significance across markets”. In this post, we provide an outlook on the potential implications this decision might have in the future. Many people (and companies) start the new … Continue reading (Not) a happy new year?