Decrease in Market Share Threshold for Vertical Agreements’ Block Exemption

November 2021 The Communiqué Amending Block Exemption Communiqué No. 2002/2 on Vertical Agreements (the “Amendment Communiqué”) was published in the Official Gazette dated 5 November 2021 and entered into force on the same day. The Amendment Communiqué essentially decreased the market share threshold in Block Exemption Communiqué No. 2002/2 on Vertical Agreements (the “Block Exemption Communiqué”) from 40% to 30%. Accordingly, in order for a vertical agreement to benefit from a block exemption, (i) the supplier’s market share in the market for which the contracted goods or services…

The General Court Underlines The Importance of Standstill Obligation Before Obtaining Merger Approval

October 2021 Authors: Natasa Pipan Nahtigal, Spela Remec In its recent judgement, the General Court confirmed the importance of observing the standstill obligation in mergers that are subject to approval by the competent competition authorities. The Court only slightly reduced the record-breaking gun-jumping fine imposed by the European Commission. A. What is gun-jumping and who needs to consider it? In order to ensure that the most important mergers will bring about welfare for the society or, at minimum, not have a negative effect on the competition on the market, such transactions are subject…

Competition Board's Commitment Decision On Coca-Cola

September 2021 Authors: Neyzar Unubol, Ali Tuncsav With its decision dated 2 April 2020, the Competition Board (“Board”) initiated an investigation on the allegation that Coca-Cola Satis ve Dagitim Anonim Sirketi (“CCSD”), one of Coca-Cola Icecek Anonim Sirketi’s Turkish subsidiaries, violated Law No. 4054 on the Protection of Competition (“Competition Law”) by preventing the sales of its competitors’ products at the final sales points. The investigation was launched to examine whether certain provisions of the agreements executed between CCSD and the final sales points, such…

A new procedure in Competition Law: Settlement

Authors: Neyzar Unubol, Ali Tuncsav One of the significant amendments to Law No. 4054 on the Protection of Competition (the Competition Law) was the introduction of the settlement mechanism into Turkish competition law on 24 June 2020. The settlement procedure, which has been in force in the EU and many EU countries, such as France and the UK, can be simply defined as a reduction in administrative fines in return for the admission of a competition law violation by an investigated undertaking. Article 43 of the Competition Law states that if an undertaking admits the existence and alleged scope…

Hellenic Competition Commission sector inquiry into the provision of private healthcare and related insurance services: The HCC focuses on the interpl...

Authors: Ifigeneia Argyri, Vicky Vlontzou LIFE SCIENCES & HEALTHCARE PRACTICE Hellenic Competition Commission sector inquiry into the provision of private healthcare and related insurance services: The HCC focuses on the interplay between Big Data and the private health care sector   The Hellenic Competition Commission (“HCC”) initiated on 05.07.2021 a sector inquiry (“SI”) into the market of provision of private health care and related insurance services[1]. This comes in the aftermath of the restructuring[2] of the private health care sector over the last five years and increasing…

Turkey: Q2 Competition Law Bulletin 2021

The Preliminary Report on E-marketplace Platforms Sector Inquiry (the “Preliminary Report”) published by the Turkish Competition Authority (the “TCA”) was the most significant competition law development during the second quarter of 2021. On 7 May 2021, the Preliminary Report, which contains the Competition Board’s (the “Board”) initial findings of the sector inquiry initiated on 11 June 2020 and policy suggestions, was published on the TCA’s website for public consideration. The Preliminary Report explores competition law concerns associated with the e-commerce sector and…

New Rules on Regional State Aid in Serbia

The Government of Serbia adopted on 11 March 2021 two new bylaws under the State Aid Control Act.

The SEE Legal Member Firms Worked on Four of the Deals Shortlisted for the 2020 CEE Legal Matters Deal of the Year Awards

CEE Legal Matters announced the finalists for the CEE 2020 Deal of the Year Awards. The following SEE Legal members have participated in one or more of the four of the shortlisted deals: KALO & ASSOCIATES, Maric & Co, Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka, Polenak Law Firm, and Selih & partnerji. More information on the deals is available below 1) KALO & ASSOCIATES and Odvetniki Selih & Partnerji Shortlisted for Deal of the Year in both Bosnia & Herzegovina and Serbia: Nova Ljubljanska Banka's Acquisition of Komercijalna Banka || Participating firms: Sajic, AP Legal,…

The SEE Legal Group and its Member Firms Top-ranked by Chambers Europe 2021

For the first time, the publishers of Chambers Europe guide have decided to rank the Leading regional law firm networks in Central and Eastern Europe in separate bands. 

The EU’s Digital Services Act Package: Modelling Europe’s Digital Future

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm has issued its latest Competition newsletter, discussing the EU’s Digital Services Act Package - Modelling Europe’s Digital Future.

Sector Inquiry Preliminary Report on FMCG Retail Published

The Turkish Competition Authority published its preliminary report introducing the results of its inquiry regarding the fast-moving consumer goods retail sector.

The SEE Legal Group Ranked Band 1 by Chambers Global 2021

The SEE Legal Group and its members are proud to announce that the SEE Legal Group is the only regional legal network in Central and Eastern Europe that has received the prestigious Band 1 ranking by Chambers Global 2021.