On June 8, 2017, the new competition law reform in Germany (9th amendment to the Act Against Restraints of Competition) has finally come into force. It includes several novelties, such as in the area of private damages (implementation of the EU directive and disclosure of evidence), merger control (new threshold based on the transactional size), the notion of market definition and market power in the area of digital platforms, closing the liability gap regarding fines in the case of legal succession (so called “sausage gap”), new limited powers for the FCO in the area of consumer protection, etc. Silke Heinz explained the most important changes in a blog on Kluwer Competition Law Blog, to which we refer again here.
The FCO cleared the takeover of retailer Coop by rival Rewe on October 26, 2016. Silke Heinz is quoted on the merger in Global Competition Review, link to article here.
Here is Silke Heinz’s new blogpost for the Kluwer Competition Law Blog.