German Antitrust Law: Major German Competition Law Reform Introduces Merger Control Changes and Claims Role as Leading Tech Antitrust Enforcer

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP - January 21, 2021

Just a few weeks after the European Commission (EC) unveiled its proposal for a future EU-level tech regulation, Germany has moved ahead and enacted its own set of national rules aimed partly, and notably, at curbing Big Tech’s power. While it may take the EU’s planned platform regulation (the so-called Digital Markets Act) several years to see the light of day, Germany’s newly “digitized” antitrust rules have already taken effect, giving the German competition authority (FCO) a first mover advantage as leading tech antitrust enforcer.

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