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EU Commission to open extensive probe into e-commerce market

European Union regulators plan to open a year-long extensive investigation into e-commerce as part of their efforts to remove online sales barriers and boost...

German competition authority takes stand on radius clauses

The German competition authority (German Federal Cartel Office) issued a prohibition decision on 3 March 2015 regarding radius clauses imposed by an operator of...

Australia: Grain Terminals, Changes to Promote Competition

A brief summary of some recent major changes that have occurred in relation to the export of grain in Australia. Historical situation – formal regulation...

New antitrust rules in Taiwan: a tougher regime with immediate compliance implications

On February 6, Taiwan’s antitrust regime becomes significantly stronger. Key changes at a glance Doubling of the maximum fine for anti-competitive conduct (up...

Spain: Fining Guidelines of the Competition Authority overturned

The Spanish Supreme Court has issued a judgment on 29 January 2015 declaring that: The Fining Guidelines of the Spanish Competition Authority, which...

Doing Business in China 2015

Baker & McKenzie just published its new edition of "Doing Business in China". The guide provides an introduction to selected aspects relating to investment and...

Supreme Court of Canada clarifies tests for “prevention” of competition and efficiencies defence in...

On 22 January 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada (the “SCC”) released its much anticipated decision in Tervita Corporation, et al v Commissioner of...

Spanish Supreme Court’s judgment on pharma company’s dual pricing system

The Spanish Supreme Court has adopted a judgment in December establishing that dual pricing systems in the pharma sector may fall under the prohibition...

New Italian Fining Guidelines may encourage compliance programmes and more self-reporting of cartels

The Italian Antitrust Authority (Authority) recently published its Guidelines on calculating fines for serious breaches of national or EU competition law. In line...

China’s Antimonopoly Law Ramping Up: Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare under the Spotlight – An Update

In November 2014, widespread press reports in China announced that Chinese competition authorities would imminently commence investigations into foreign manufacturers of medical devices for...

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