Antitrust and Competition Report

Analysis & insights from Reed Smith's Global Antitrust and Competition Team on the latest antitrust developments across the world

Continuing our podcast series on price gouging laws, members of our global antitrust lawyers focus on the situation around price gouging (excessive pricing) in the EU, France, Germany and the UK in our latest instalment. The COVID-19 crisis has cast new light on excessive pricing practices in Europe, our team explains the impact the pandemic has had on enforcement activity and suggest practical ways that businesses can protect themselves from price gouging practices. Please click
In certain jurisdictions, having a tailored and comprehensive compliance programme in place may reduce the size of a fine resulting from anticompetitive activity. Members from across our global competition team have come together to analyse the approaches of key jurisdictions and whether they offer discounts for businesses that have breached competition rules but have a compliance programme in place. We have found that, in general, there is a trend towards more jurisdictions considering reductions on…
The Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division updated its Merger Remedies Manual for the first time in more than a decade.  The updates improve upon the 2004 Manual by providing a significantly more detailed account of the Division’s approach to preserving competition pre- and post-merger. Our team highlights the various revisions and additions to the Manual in our recent alert.…
As the Amsterdam Court of Appeal recently confirmed in Action Sport v Nike (decision of 14 July 2020, ECLI:NL:GHAMS:2020:2004), the prohibition of sales on third-party platforms contained in selective distribution agreements of brand manufacturers in the EU can be in line with EU competition law irrespective of whether or not the relevant products are luxurious. The Appeal Court’s decision confirmed the judgment of the lower instance court that arose out of a dispute between Nike and…
As part of Reed Smith’s three -part global price gouging podcast series, this week our regulatory enforcement lawyers Dora Wang and Asha Sharma analyse the rules and regulations designed to tackle price gouging in the People’s Republic of China, and to deal with anti-competitive conduct in Hong Kong. In the episode, Dora and Asha also consider how one can report price gouging/anti-competitive conduct, as well as defend oneself against antitrust risks or price gouging…
Our U.S. team members recently joined Reed Smith’s Countering the Crisis podcast to provide an overview of the U.S. laws around price gouging in light of COVID-19. The episode addresses various ways to spot and report alleged price gouging, as well as ways to protect against price gouging claims. Our team also shares their thoughts on pending legislation and what clients can expect in today’s changing landscape. This is the first of a three-part podcast…
On 18 June 2020, the German Parliament agreed to further rules on tightening foreign investment control by adopting the First Act on the amendment to the Foreign Trade and Payment Act (Außenwirtschaftsgesetz – AWG). The first amendment to the AWG was published in the Federal Gazette on 16 July 2020 and entered into force on 17 July 2020. The amendment to the AWG is unique as it introduces for the first time a standstill obligation…
Though competition compliance programmes may differ across jurisdictions, having one is widely regarded as essential. A way to ensure competition rules are effectively followed is to ingrain competition compliance into company culture. In our latest client alert, we consider the Competition and Markets Authority’s recent initiatives, and what steps businesses can take to foster a competition compliance culture.…
At a Glance: The CMA’s conclusion that it has jurisdiction to review Amazon’s 16% shareholding in Deliveroo serves as a reminder that control can arise even at low levels of shareholding. Minority shareholders who enjoy significant influence on the company’s policy direction and strategic commercial decisions may be considered to have sufficient control to trigger a merger review. Jurisdictional tests vary between jurisdictions and care should be taken with minority shareholdings to ensure that merger…