Antitrust, Competition and Trade Practice Group: Q1 2019 Legal Briefing Updates

Please find below a listing of representative client newsletters and legal updates published by our member firms during January - April, 2019. Please be advised that this compilation is not exhaustive and we would encourage you to visit the relevant member firm sites for more legal updates.

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal (Argentina)

• 2018 - Annual review of competition defense (February 4, 2019)

Clayton Utz (Australia)

• ACCC's 2019 priorities: strong enforcement action with a focus on anti-competitive practices and consumer law penalties (March 28, 2019)
• ACCC looking to clean up franchisor behavior (March 7, 2019)
• IP licence restrictions losing their safe harbour from competition laws – so review them now (February 22, 2019)

Demarest Advogados (Brazil)

• Competition Newsletter | March 2019 (March 7, 2019)
• CADE’s performance in 2018 and expectations for 2019 (February 7, 2019)

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Canada: Alberta, Ontario, Quebec)

• Recent Developments in Canadian Competition Law (March 25, 2019)
• AT&T/Time Warner: Lessons Learned for Companies Considering a Merger (March 12, 2019)
• Canadian Competition Law and Foreign Investment: Top 5 Things to Watch for in 2019 (February 1, 2019)

Kromann Reumert (Denmark)

• European Commission Imposes Yet Another Fine on Google (March 26, 2019)

COBALT Law Firm (Estonia)

• Spotlight on competition policy in Lithuania in 2019 (February 26, 2019)
• Latvian Competition Council worried about market power of wholesalers of pharmaceuticals (February 26, 2019)

Noerr LLP (Germany)

• EU-Commission clarifies treatment of legally privileged information in competition proceedings (March 20, 2019)
• Banking M&A: Why is the German banking sector currently attractive for investors? (March 11, 2019)
• Competition Outlook 2019 (February 6, 2019)
• Germany: Further legislative initiatives and measures (February 5, 2019)
• Germany: Cartel damages litigation – A lively debate on the effects of the individual cartels is imminent (February 5, 2019)

Deacons (Hong Kong)

• Competition Commission to investigate Hong Kong Seaport Alliance (January 18, 2019)

Arthur Cox (Ireland and Northern Ireland)

• International Comparative Legal Guide to Merger Control 2019 (January 10, 2019)

Chiomenti (Italy)

• Newsletter - The ECN+ Directive and the tightening of antitrust fines. The case of trade associations (March 14, 2019)
• Newsletter on EU LawGeo-blocking and the use of trademarks in online search: towards the completion of the European digital single market (January 25, 2019)

Skrine (Malaysia)

• MyCC issues Proposed Decision to Fine Eight Enterprises for Bid Rigging (March 6, 2019)

Houthoff (Netherlands)

• New EU FDI Framework and Cooperation Mechanism Approved (March 6, 2019)

Simpson Grierson (New Zealand)

• Crackdown by the Commerce Commission on non-notified acquisitions (February 27, 2019)

Wardynski & Partners (Poland)

• The principle of proportionality in public procurement (January 10, 2019)

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados (Portugal)

• Competition Enforcement in Portugal in 2018: Some Checks and a Balance (and Trends for 2019) (March 11, 2019)

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP (Singapore)

• Competition Bites 2019 - Issue 1 (March 4, 2019)
• European Union-Singapore Free Trade Agreement –2019 Ratification and Opportunities (February 14, 2019)

Bowmans (South Africa)

• Angolan Competition Authority Becomes Active (February 5, 2019)
• The Competition Amendment Bill, 2018 (January 17, 2019)

Uría Menéndez (Spain)

• The European Commission fines a clothing company for restricting online sales to its authorised retailers (January 30, 2019)

Tilleke & Gibbins (Thailand)

• Thailand’s TCC Clarifies Merger Control (March 6, 2019)
• Thailand Issues Key Subordinate Legislation on Merger Control (January 16, 2019)

Asters (Ukraine)

• Getting the Deal Through: Vertical Agreements 2019 - Ukraine (March 25, 2019)
• Ukrainian Parliament Adopted Law Enhancing Procedural Fairness in Competition Cases (February 8, 2019)

Morrison & Foerster LLP (USA, California)

• February 2019 Bid Protest Roundup (February 28, 2019)
• New HSR Filing Thresholds for 2019 (February 19, 2019)
• FTC Hearings Examine the Antitrust Implications of Common Ownership (January 2019)

Steptoe & Johnson LLP (USA, District of Columbia)

• UK Competition Law Enforcement Post-Brexit: Choppy Waters Ahead (January 30, 2019)
• Sponsored Endorsements: FTC Isn't Your Only Concern (January 29, 2019)

Akerman LLP (USA, Florida)

• Proposed Florida House Legislation Advances, Requiring Reporting to the State Proposed Hospital and Group Practice Acquisitions (March 21, 2019)
• Antitrust Exemption Allows Health System to Avoid All Claims for Damages in Antitrust Class Action (March 7, 2019)
• Multiple States Considering Possible Modification to Their “Certificate of Need” Laws (February 13, 2019)

Alston & Bird LLP (USA, Georgia)

• Antitrust Advisory: Businesses with Activities in South Korea and the U.S. Need to Focus on Antitrust Issues in Both Countries (March 15, 2019)
• Antitrust / M&A Advisory: FTC Indexes Thresholds for HSR Filings and Interlocking Directorates, Adjusts Civil Penalties (March 4, 2019)

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP (USA, Indiana and Minnesota)

• Beware of Antitrust Risks When Settling Lawsuits With Competitors (March 15, 2019)
• FTC Increases Hart-Scott-Rodino Transaction Thresholds for 2019 (February 18, 2019)

Womble Bond Dickinson (USA, North Carolina)

• FCA takes first competition action (February 21, 2019)

Pepper Hamilton LLP (USA, Pennsylvania)

• Legal Challenges to No-Poach Provisions in Franchise Agreements (March 15, 2019)

Baker Botts L.L.P. (USA, Texas)

• Privacy and Competition: Friends, Foes, or Frenemies? (March 26, 2019)

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