22 Dec 2022

Competition law update - Q4 2022

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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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