22 Dec 2022

Competition law update - Q4 2022


Welcome to the Q4 2022 edition of our competition law newsletter. This is our quarterly update covering key developments in UK and EU competition law.

Highlights of this edition include:

  • CMA continues its robust approach to Phase 2 reviews
  • Pfizer and Flynn launch fresh appeals in the face of revised CMA fines for excessive pricing
  • New CPO valued at £900 million to be launched against Amazon in relation its 'buy box' function
  • Abuse of dominance and tech - The saga continues with the CMA's probe of Apple/Google duopoly
  • Waiting in the shadows - Introduction of the CMA's digital markets regulator expected in October 2023
  • Broadcom faces scrutiny for VMware acquisition despite apparent lack of overlaps
  • Nexperia / Newport deal prohibition – Legitimate national security concerns or wafer thin justifications?
  • CMA calls time on Emma Group's use of countdown clocks by opening consumer protection investigation
  • BMW fined by CMA for failure to comply with document production notice
  • Commission consults on a revised Market Definition Notice
  • Commission adopts Notice on Informal Guidance
  • Commission publishes guidelines discharging gig economy workers from the competition rules
  • ECJ clarifies that disclosure of relevant evidence in antitrust damages claims applies to both existing and ex novo evidence
  • Commission publishes new guidance on its leniency programme

Wishing you all a joyful and festive season and prosperous New Year!

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