Amendment of German Antitrust Law
08 June 2017
The 9th amendment of the German antitrust law (Act against Restraints of Competition, “ARC”), enters into force on 9th June 2017. It will provide significant changes inter alia in the areas of:
- Merger control: In particular through the introduction of an additional notification threshold and clarification of certain specific assessment criteria regarding unilateral conduct in digital markets
- Cartel damage claims: By transferring the EU Directive into German law
- Cartel sanctions: By extending parental liability and by closing previously existing loopholes of liability in case of legal succession
Horst Henschen, lawyer and expert on antitrust law at our legal consultation partner BDO Legal describes the changes in an article which can be found on the BDO Legal website.