Germany: Bundeskartellamt to prohibit proposed Remondis and DSD merger

Germany: Bundeskartellamt to prohibit proposed Remondis and DSD merger

On April 15, the Bundeskartellamt informed Remondis and DSD – Duales System Holding that, based on the results of its investigations so far, it intends to prohibit the proposed merger between the two companies. Remondis and DSD now have two weeks’ time to comment on the Bundeskartellamt’s draft decision in the matter. Andreas Mundt, President […]

Germany: Bundeskartellamt publishes final report on inquiry into comparison websites

Germany: Bundeskartellamt publishes final report on inquiry into comparison websites

On Thursday, April 11, the Bundeskartellamt published the final report on its inquiry into comparison websites. Andreas Mundt, President of the Bundeskartellamt stated: “Comparison websites help consumers find their way around the internet along with better and cheaper results. However, we also detected consumer-unfriendly tricks of some comparison websites. Consumers should look at how rankings […]

Germany: Hospital operators withdraw merger notifications in two cases after FCO expresses concerns

Germany: Hospital operators withdraw merger notifications in two cases after FCO expresses concerns

In two separate merger control proceedings in the hospital sector the operators concerned have each withdrawn their notifications in second phase proceedings after the Bundeskartellamt had expressed preliminary concerns. In the one case Ameos Psychiatrie Holding, Kiel (“Ameos”), had notified the authority of its plans to acquire the majority of shares in Sana Kliniken Ostholstein, […]

Germany: FCO to hold press conference on Facebook decision

Germany: FCO to hold press conference on Facebook decision

The Bundeskartellamt will hold a press conference on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 10am (GMT+1) to conclude its Facebook investigation. The president of the Federal Cartel Office, Andreas Mundt, will give important information, data, and facts about the Facebook procedure and will answer questions after the announcement. The probe is one of many that the […]

Germany: Fine imposed on bicycle wholesaler ZEG for vertical price-fixing

Germany: Fine imposed on bicycle wholesaler ZEG for vertical price-fixing

Bonn, 29 January 2019: The Bundeskartellamt has imposed fines totalling around 13.4 million euros on the bicycle wholesaler ZEG Zweirad-Einkaufs-Genossenschaft eG (ZEG), Cologne, and its representatives for fixing prices with 47 bicycle retailers. The proceeding was triggered by a tip-off from the trade. Andreas Mundt, President of the Bundeskartellamt: “ZEG has agreed with its member […]

Germany: Bundeskartellamt sees need for action on comparison websites

Germany: Bundeskartellamt sees need for action on comparison websites

On Wednesday, December 12, the Bundeskartellamt presented the results of its sector inquiry into online comparison websites. The inquiry into a large number of comparison websites from the areas of travel, energy, insurance, telecommunications, and financial services has in some areas confirmed the suspicions of consumer rights violations. The companies concerned will now have the […]

New merger control guidelines for transaction value thresholds in Austria and Germany

New merger control guidelines for transaction value thresholds in Austria and Germany

July 2018 CPI Europe Column edited by Anna Tzanaki (Competition Policy International) & Juan Delgado (Global Economics Group) presents: New merger control guidelines for transaction value thresholds in Austria and Germany By Dr. Martin Sauermann, CFA (Bundeskartellamt)1   Click here for a PDF version of the article   Introduction How to best cope with the digital economy is an […]

Germany: Potato processors fined for cartel activities

Germany: Potato processors fined for cartel activities

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has fined two potato and onion packaging companies €13.2 million (US$15.8 million) for participating in an eight-year price fixing cartel. The proceeding was initiated in May 2013 with a sector-wide dawn raid following a leniency application. Andreas Mundt, President of the Bundeskartellamt, said, “For years the companies concerned have agreed on […]

Data Accumulation and the Privacy-Antitrust Interface: Insights from the Facebook Case for the EU and the US

Posted by Social Science Research Network Data Accumulation and the Privacy-Antitrust Interface: Insights from the Facebook Case for the EU and the US  By Giuseppe Colangelo & Mariateresa Maggiolino The emergence of multi-sided media platforms occurred in parallel with the success of business models that revolve around the collection and use of personal data, generating […]

EU: Ryanair lodges complaints with German and EU Competition authorities

EU: Ryanair lodges complaints with German and EU Competition authorities

Ryanair has lodged competition complaints with the German Bundeskartellamt and the European Commission (EC) regarding the “obvious conspiracy playing out in Germany between the German Government, Lufthansa and Air Berlin to carve up Air Berlin’s assets, while excluding major competitors and ignoring both EU competition and State Aid rules.” Given the fact that the German […]

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