The legal impact of exiting the European Union after 47 years of membership, a growing focus on digital markets, and increasingly robust enforcement by the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) are among the defining developments in UK competition law and policy during 2020.  In addition, as with many jurisdictions worldwide, the Covid-19 pandemic has had…

The year 2020 will probably remain in everybody’s mind as a year of COVID, lock-downs, masks, and businesses trying to survive by adjusting their business models to the new reality. For the competition law professionals, this year would also be associated with various competition law developments in an attempt to simplify the life of various…

What were competition law developments in Serbia during 2020 worth mentioning and what to keep an eye on 2021?   Merger control Merger notification thresholds remain unchanged A well-known trait of Serbia’s merger control regime is extremely low merger filing thresholds – they are so low, in fact, that around a half of all merger notifications in…

This overview covers the main developments in competition law in Portugal in the course of 2020. This year is inevitably marked by the outburst of the Covid-19 pandemic, which seriously affected the world economy generating enormous costs for companies in most sectors. This situation was reflected in an unprecedented wave of State aid granted by…

2020: Business as usual (more or less) While over the past year COVID has had a major impact on our lives in many areas, it left Swiss competition law practice refreshingly unimpressed. In late March 2020, in the middle of the first lockdown, the Swiss Competition Commission (“ComCo“) issued a clear message: Swiss competition law…

Despite the pandemic, 2020 has been a very busy year for the Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) and courts in the field of competition law in Germany.  The following is merely a selection of interesting developments.  It does not include the recently adopted reform of the Competition Act, which merits its own blog. Generally, the FCO…

The Spanish competition law landscape has been busy in 2020. Below we review the main developments and takeaways from the last year in the following areas: (i) institutions and legislation; (ii) merger control; (iii) restrictive agreements and abuse of dominance; (iv) State aid; and (v) COVID-19.   Institutions and Legislation Cani Fernández: New President of…

2020 was a particularly busy year as regards competition law developments in Greece, despite the COVID-19 crisis.   Pushing ahead The primary goal of the new leadership of the Greek Competition Commission (“HCC”) in late 2019/early 2020 was to clear a stockpile of pending cases, many of which had been initiated prior to 2011. This…

Main developments competition law and policy 2020: The Netherlands As part of the series of posts on the main 2020 developments in key jurisdictions by many authors of the Kluwer Competition Law Blog, we provide you with an overview of developments in the Netherlands. In sum, we saw an upsurge in the enforcement of the…

In this article, we highlight the five most important developments and trends in Canadian competition law in 2020 and discuss what to watch for in 2021.   1. Impact of COVID-19 As in other jurisdictions, the enforcement of competition law in Canada last year was affected by the widespread social, health, and economic effects of…