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Antitrust: The EU Commission introduces new whistleblower tool

On 16 March, the EU Commission launched a new tool which shall make it easier for individuals to alert the Commission about secret cartels and other antitrust violations while maintaining their anonymity.

Greek Competition Commission intensified investigatory activity

In 2016, the Hellenic Competition Commission's intense investigatory activity was reflected in nine Statements of Objections.

New Developments from the desk of the Israeli Antitrust Authority

This post discusses the Israeli Antitrust Authority's draft statement concerning its policy in relation to resale price maintenance arrangements, and the methodology draft for the examination of economy-wide concentration, which will be implemented within the framework of the Committee for the Reduction of Concentration Activities.

EU’s highest Court confirms that automated messages can put recipients on the hook for...

Eturas runs the e-commerce back-end of 30 travel agents in Lithuania. An administrator message to each member informed them that the e-commerce functionality allowing each travel agent to grant discounts would be capped at 3 per cent. That message appeared in part of the system relating to information messages. The Court of Justice found that administrator messages could be the basis of illegal cartel type conduct.

Belgian Competition Authority adopts competition law guidelines for small and medium-sized enterprises

The Belgian Competition Authority has adopted competition law guidelines for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Australia: Misuse of Market Power Bill introduced in Parliament

On 1 December 2016, the Federal Government took a further step towards implementing the Harper Review recommendations regarding the prohibition against misuse of market power.

Hong Kong: First Market Misconduct Tribunal Decision Against Listed Company and Its Officers for...

The Market Misconduct Tribunal issued a report finding that a company and its directors breached the disclosure obligations under the Securities and Futures Ordinance by failing to disclose inside information as soon as reasonably practicable.

Belgian Competition Authority adopts 2016 note on enforcement priorities

Earlier this year, the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) published its third note on enforcement priorities. The note expands on both the BCA's methodology for selecting cases, and sets out the strategic and sector priorities for the upcoming year.

U.S. FTC and DOJ Issue Joint Guidance for HR Professionals Warning of Criminal Liability...

On October 20, 2016, the U.S. DOJ and FTC issued antitrust guidance for human resource (HR) professionals and others who are involved in hiring and compensation decisions.

New Trade Competition Act Approved by the Thai Cabinet

After years of debate and various drafts proposed by interested parties, the Thai Cabinet has finally approved the draft Trade Competition bill.

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