A new supra-national merger control regime for Africa comprising 19 eastern and southern African states must now be added to companies' checklist of regulatory approvals needed in global or regional transactions.
The COMESA's Competition Commission commences operations the COMESA Competition Commission has started to enforce its competition rules and to accept merger control filings since 14 January 2013 for the 19 eastern and southern African states that are members of COMESA.
The Energy Community entered into force in 2006. It aims to extend the EU internal energy market to Southeast Europe and beyond, and enhance the overall security of supply.
A profound change to the institutional and procedural landscape for competition law in Belgium has taken place with the enactment of new competition law provisions in the Belgian Code of Economic Law.
The commission started its investigation in November 2011 based on the findings of its sector inquiry into competition in the market for the distribution of new motor vehicles, spare parts and repair services.
At the end of 2012 the Competition Protection Commission adopted guidelines regarding corporate compliance programmes.
This article outlines the major global criminal and related antitrust developments in 2012, with a focus on Canada.
The forthcoming amendment to the Act on the Protection of Competition will make several changes to Competition Authority practices.
On 27 March 2013, the European Commission opened a consultation on proposed revisions to its Notice on Simplified Procedure and Merger Implementing Regulation.
A list of summaries of the most recent competition law related updates.
On 22 November 2012, the Court of Justice of the European Union dismissed an appeal by E.ON Energie AG against an earlier European Commission decision imposing a EUR 38 million fine for breaking a seal during a dawn raid.
On 18 March 2013, the Commission published revised guidance on the conduct of on-the-spot inspections at the business premises of companies suspected of having engaged in anti-competitive behaviour.
On 23 January 2013 the European Commission announced its decision to fine Telefónica and Portugal Telecom a total of €79 million for the implementation of a non-compete contract clause contrary to Article 101 TFEU.
On 18 March 2013, the European Commission issued revised guidance on the conduct of inspections at business premises of undertakings suspected of anticompetitive behaviour.
On 13 December 2012, following a complaint by the mobile network operator Bouygues Telecom, the French competition authority, Autorité de la concurrence, fined the two leading French MNOs, Orange and SFR, a total of €183.1 million for abusing the dominant position.
In a press release in December 2012, the European Commission gave notice that the enforcement of standard-essential patents may constitute an abuse of a dominant market position if the challenged infringer is willing to take out a licence under fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory conditions.
At the end of last year the "cathode ray tube cartel" attracted a lot of attention, when cathode ray tube manufacturers were fined a total of EUR 1.47 billion.
In a recent decision, the Brandenburg Higher Regional Court held that the regulations under competition law require the address of the registered office of the company to be included in all directly product-related advertising.
The German Federal Court of Justice ("BGH") has handed down a decision that is likely to have a significant impact on the setting of cartel fines in Germany, potentially reducing the maximum cartel fine for some defendants.
By judgment of 11 December 2012, recently published, the German Federal Court of Justice annulled the judgment of the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf of 7 December 2011.