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Antitrust Pendulum Swinging Back

Antitrust Pendulum Swinging Back

The German Federal Cartel Office has once again invited the best of the best from the competition community to Berlin for the International Cartel Conference (IKK). Sven Giegold, Secretary of State in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection (BMWK), gave an ambitious speech about his plans for Germany’s and Europe’s future in the field of competition policy. D-Kart has kindly been provided with the full text from his speech, we document it here – not least…

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D-Kart Spotlights: AGENDA 2025

D-Kart Spotlights: AGENDA 2025

The Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (now: BMWK) has presented an ambitious competition policy agenda (you can find it here). It is a guideline for the competition policy of the legislative period, a preview of the next GWB amendment and of goals to be advocated at the European level. In the agenda, the BMWK emphasises that a modern competition policy can only be developed in a participatory process. That is why we at D’Kart would like to…

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Competition policy agenda of the BMWK until 2025

Competition policy agenda of the BMWK until 2025

High-ranking visitor in Bonn: The new German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Robert Habeck made his “inaugural visit” to the Federal Cartel Office in Bonn today, Monday, February 21, 2022. Habeck is the first Green minister to hold this office. He was accompanied by State Secretary Sven Giegold and Head of Department Philipp Steinberg – Giegold, a high-profile thinker of the Green Party, moved to Berlin from the European Parliament, and had previously dealt with competition policy….

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Conference Debriefing (27): EU Competition Conference 2021

Conference Debriefing (27): EU Competition Conference 2021

Following the bi-annual tradition the EU Competition Conference was held again this year – not in Brussels but instead all over Europe. Competition law practitioners submerged in the virtual world to discuss the latest developments in EU Competition Law – Patrick Hauser and Lisa Pawlak have the details.  Name of Event: EU Competition Conference Topic: Latest developments and upcoming challenges in key areas of EU competition law, especially the “new” Art. 22 EUMR referral regime in merger control, the reform of EU rules…

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Zum 4. Mal: Kartellrechtler unter sich

Zum 4. Mal: Kartellrechtler unter sich

Am 28. September 2021 fand die neueste Ausgabe des berühmt-berüchtigten Düsseldorfer Doktorandenseminars im Kartellrecht statt. Philipp Offergeld und Mykyta Shchupak berichten über die aus ihrer Sicht kurzweilige, gelungene Veranstaltung. Das Institut für Kartellrecht der HHU Düsseldorf (IKartR) lud am 28. September zum mittlerweile vierten Mal zum Doktorandenseminar im Kartellrecht und setzte damit eine Reihe fort, die mittlerweile wohl als Tradition bezeichnet werden kann. Aufgrund der unsicheren Planungslage wurde die Veranstaltung nicht im Haus der Universität in der Düsseldorfer Innenstadt abgehalten, sondern über Zoom. Das Team des…

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2020 Antitrust Advent Calendar

2020 Antitrust Advent Calendar

What a year! We are getting close to the end of 2020 (and some say: better so), but obviously, we still have our DECEMBER SPECIAL for you: the Antitrust Advent Calendar! To review the year in competition law, D’Kart asked personalities from the antitrust community all over the world to answer the following question: What has been the most significant competition law case or competition law development in your country in 2020? But we did not leave it at this….

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Greetings from Home Office!

Greetings from Home Office!

Do you feel it, too? Somehow you had imagined being able to work from home one day, and you thought that must be brilliant… But then you started to find out what that means: You need to do your Hamsterkauf, your children scurry around your desk and that one essential document has been left at the office. The biggest challenge, however, in our humble opinion, is a different one: We miss the direct contact with our beloved colleagues from the…

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How the European Union can compete globally

How the European Union can compete globally

By Dr Andreas Schwab, MEP European champions and a relaxation of competition law are again being discussed in Brussels. Manfred Weber and Esther de Lange from the EPP group in the European Parliament have sent a letter to Commissioners Margrethe Vestager and Thierry Breton, published by Politico here. D’Kart asked Dr Andreas Schwab for a statement – he is a colleague from the same group as the authors of the letter and a competition lawyer who is well versed in…

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Draft bill: The translation

Draft bill: The translation

The German competition law reform sparks a lot of interest on the international stage. We have a new translation into English of the draft bill! It does not only contain new provisions on abusive practices (including an interesting rule for companies with paramount significance for competition across markets). It also proposes notification thresholds for merger control – relevant for everyone who wishes to get a deal through. Today, D’Kart is able to provide a brand new, fresh translation of key…

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Read!

Read!

If the D’Kart newsletter comes exceptionally on a pre-Christmas Sunday, it’s for a good reason. To wish you a pleasant Sunday, to remind you of looking at the entries in the 2019 Antitrust Advent Calendar and for the purpose of literary criticism: a very well-known colleague has published a novel (in German), and you rightly want to know what it is like on the day of publication. Rupprecht Podszun read it for you. And since you are not going to…

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