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Australian based resources companies could be required to report payments to governments

On 28 October 2014, the Corporations Amendment (Publish What You Pay) Bill was tabled in Parliament. The Bill requires Australian based companies or their...

In Search of The Obvious: Groupement des Cartes Bancaires and ‘By Object’ Infringements under...

GCB is a landmark judgment with important implications for the European Commission and member states applying EU competition law, as well as the companies...

Italy: Competition Compliance programs a mitigating factor for fines imposed by the Italian Antitrust...

On October 31, 2014 the Italian Antitrust Authority ("Authority") published its Guidelines on the criteria to be followed in order to quantify the administrative...

Slovak Republic: New Whistleblower Rules in Competition Law financially reward whistleblowers

On 1 July 2014, new whistleblower regulations came into force in Slovakia. By adopting a new Act No. 151/2014 Coll., amending Act No. 136/2001...

Mexico: For the first time, Consumer Protection Agency imposes fines on e-commerce retailers

The Mexican Consumer Protection Agency (PROFECO) imposed fines on major e-commerce retailers even though no consumer complaint was filed; During a massive raid on...

Switzerland: Court squashes Sanctions imposed by Comco based on “in dubio pro reo” principle

3 November 2014 - By decision of September 23, 2014 the Swiss Federal Administrative Court ("Court") set aside a decision of the Swiss Competition...

Australia: Competition Regulator proposes First Authorisation of Resale Price Maintenance

On 21 October 2014, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued a draft determination proposing to grant conditional authorization to an Australian...

Switzerland: How to notify Swiss companies – A guide for the European Commission

In a note dated 23 September 2014, the Swiss Federal Department for Economic Affairs clarified how the European Commission (EC) may send notices to Swiss companies,...

Hong Kong Competition Commission publishes Draft Competition Guidelines

On 9 October 2014 the Hong Kong Competition Commission published Draft Guidelines required under the Hong Kong Competition Ordinance. The publication of the Draft...

Snapshot: Credit for antitrust compliance programs around the world

 Last week we analyzed the view of US antitrust enforcers on the existence of a compliance program when assessing the punishment for cartel violations....

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