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Two-minute Recap of Recent Developments in Turkish Competition Law - March 2024

On 6 March 2024, the Turkish Competition Board (“Board”) announced the conclusion of its full-fledged investigation into potential violations of Turkish competition law through informal agreements (known as “gentleman’s agreements”) not to recruit each other’s employees.

Gen & Temizer | Özer
14.04.2024

Two-minute Recap of Competition Law Matters Around the Globe – March 2024

X (formerly Twitter) and Booking have notified the European Commission (“EC”) of their potential gatekeeper status under the Digital Markets Act (“DMA”). The EC has 45 working days from 1 March 2024 to review the gatekeeper status. Companies will have six months to comply with the DMA if they are designated as gatekeepers.

Gen & Temizer | Özer
08.04.2024

Competition Newsletter - April 2024

This competition law newsletter provides information on the latest developments in relation to the Turkish competition market and the implementation of Law No 4054 on the Protection of Competition (the "Law") in light of recent announcements and publications by the Competition Authority (the "Authority") and decisions of the competition board (the "Board") published in February 2024.

Özdirekcan Dündar Şenocak Ak
08.04.2024

The European Commission’s Revised Market Definition Notice: A Reflection of Current Market Dynamics

On 8 February 2024, the European Commission released a revised version of the Market Definition Notice, following a review process that started in 2020 and involved feedback from various stakeholders. The Revised Notice stands as the first update to the Market Definition Notice since its introduction in 1997.

Özdirekcan Dündar Şenocak Ak
29.03.2024

Avrupa Komisyonundan Apple'a Tarihi Ceza

Avrupa Komisyonu (“Komisyon”), 4 Mart 2024’te Apple’a, uygulama mağazası Apple App Store (“App Store”) aracılığıyla iPhone ve iPad kullanıcılarına (“iOS Kullanıcıları”) müzik dinleme uygulamalarının dağıtımı pazarındaki hâkim durumunu kötüye kullandığı gerekçesiyle 1,8 milyar Euro para cezası (yaklaşık 61 milyar TL) verdi.

Gen & Temizer | Özer
27.03.2024

Two-minute Recap of Recent Developments in Turkish Competition Law - February 2024

Meta is currently under investigation for possible anti-competitive conduct through tying Instagram with Threads. In relation to this on-going investigation, the Board announced that it had taken interim measures to stop Meta from combining the data obtained from Instagram and Threads.

Gen & Temizer | Özer
25.03.2024

Two-minute Recap of Competition Law Matters Around the Globe – February 2024

Pfizer has reached a USD 93 million settlement with drug purchasers who accused Pfizer of paying Ranbaxy to delay a generic version of the cholesterol drug Lipitor and therefore illegally extending its patent rights over Lipitor.

Gen & Temizer | Özer
22.03.2024

The Turkish Competition Authority Has Published Its M&A Overview Report Relating to the Year 2023

The Economic Analysis and Research Department of the Turkish Competition Authority (the "TCA") published its report on mergers and acquisitions for the year 2023 (the "Report") on its official website on 5 January 2024.

Özdirekcan Dündar Şenocak Ak
22.03.2024

Competition Newsletter - February 2024

This Competition Law Newsletter provides information on the latest developments in relation to the Turkish competition market and the implementation of Law No 4054 on the Protection of Competition in light of recent announcements and publications by the Competition Authority and decisions of the Competition Board published in January 2024.

Özdirekcan Dündar Şenocak Ak
04.03.2024

Two-minute Recap of Recent Developments in Turkish Competition Law - January 2024

On 10 January 2024, the Turkish Competition Authority (“TCA”) announced that US tech conglomerate Meta failed to fulfil the compliance measures attached to its previous abuse of dominance decision.[1] As a result, the Board decided to impose a daily administrative monetary fine on Meta amounting to approximately EUR 146,000. The fine applies retroactively from 12 December 2023 and will be assessed daily until Meta provides a final compliance remedy that the TCA deems sufficient to restore effective competition in the market.

Gen & Temizer | Özer
21.02.2024

Avrupa Komisyonu Yeni İlgili Pazar Rehberi’ni Yayımladı

Avrupa Komisyonu geçtiğimiz günlerde, 2020 yılından bu yana sürdürdüğü çalışmaları nihayetlendirerek hazırladığı yeni İlgili Pazarın Tanımlanmasına İlişkin Rehber’i (The European Commission’s Market Definition Notice, “İlgili Pazar Rehberi” veya “Rehber”) yayımladı. 1997'de yürürlüğe girdiğinden bu yana ilk kez güncellenen Rehber, Rekabet Kurumu’nun İlgili Pazarın Tanımlanmasına İlişkin Kılavuz’un (“Kılavuz”) mehaz mevzuatını oluşturmaktaydı. Yeni Rehber ile getirilen değişiklikleri ve bu değişiklikler sonrasında Avrupa Birliği (“AB”) ile Türkiye’deki durumun karşılaştırmalı analizini sizler için derledik. Neden Bu Değişikliğe Gidildi?

Hergüner Bilgen Üçer Attorney Partnership
21.02.2024

The European Commission Releases New Guidance on Market Definition

The European Commission has recently finalised studies that have been ongoing since 2020 and has published a new European Commission Notice on Market Definition (“Market Definition Notice” or the “Notice”). The Notice, revised for the first time since entering into force in 1997, establishes the main legislation on which the Turkish Competition Authority’s Guidelines on the Definition of the Relevant Market (“Guidelines”) is modelled.

Hergüner Bilgen Üçer Attorney Partnership
20.02.2024

Two-minute Recap of Competition Law Matters Around the Globe – January 2024

Amazon has abandoned its planned USD 1.4 billion purchase of robot vacuum cleaner manufacturer iRobot following the European Commission’s (“EC”) report not to allow the deal to go through. The EC launched a phase II probe into the deal in July 2023 on the basis that the proposed merger could potentially hinder iRobot’s competitors from selling their own products on Amazon’s online marketplace. Amazon declined to offer remedies for the concerns raised by the EC.

Gen & Temizer | Özer
12.02.2024

Competition Newsletter - January 2024

This competition law newsletter provides information on the latest developments in relation to the Turkish competition market and the implementation of Law No 4054 on the Protection of Competition (the "Law") in light of recent announcements and publications by the Competition Authority (the "Authority") and decisions of the competition board (the "Board") published in December 2023.

Özdirekcan Dündar Şenocak Ak
31.01.2024

2023 Yılı Birleşme Devralma Görünüm Raporu Yayınlandı

Rekabet Kurumu, 5 Ocak 2024 tarihinde 2023 Yılı Birleşme ve Devralma Görünüm Raporu’nu (“Rapor”) yayımladı. Rapor, 2023 yılındaki birleşme ve devralma işlemlerinin istatistiklerini ve önceki yıllarla karşılaştırmaları sağlayarak 2023 yılında Türkiye'deki birleşme ve devralmalara ilişkin kapsamlı bir görünüm sağlamaktadır.

Hergüner Bilgen Üçer Attorney Partnership
29.01.2024

The Mergers and Acquisitions Overview Report for 2023 has been Published

On 5 January 2024, the Turkish Competition Authority (“TCA”) published its Mergers and Acquisitions Overview Report for 2023 (“Report”) on its website. The Report includes a comprehensive overview of merger control in Turkey in 2023 by providing statistics for merger control cases that took place in 2023 as well as comparisons with previous years.

Hergüner Bilgen Üçer Attorney Partnership
29.01.2024

Güneş Panellerinin İthalatında Haksız Rekabetin Önlenmesine İlişkin Soruşturmanın Esasları Belirlendi

Vietnam, Malezya, Tayland, Hırvatistan ve Ürdün menşeli güneş panellerinin ithalatında haksız rekabetin önlenmesi önlemlerinin etkisiz kılınmasına karşı gerçekleştirilecek soruşturmanın usul ve esasları belirlendi.

Moroğlu Arseven
28.01.2024

The Principles of the Investigation on the Prevention of Unfair Competition in the Import of Solar Panels Were Announced

The procedures and principles of the investigation to be carried out against the neutralisation of measures to prevent unfair competition in the import of solar panels originating from Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Croatia and Jordan have been determined.

Moroğlu Arseven
24.01.2024

New Regulation on Active Cooperation/Leniency Enters Into Force in Turkey

A new Regulation on Active Cooperation for Detecting Cartels (“Regulation”) in Turkey entered into force on 16 December 2023. The Turkish Competition Authority (“TCA”) also held a helpful webinar on the topic, highlighting the differences between the old and new regulation.

Gen & Temizer | Özer
16.01.2024

Meta to Pay a Daily Fine for Non-compliance in Turkey

On 10 January 2024, the Turkish Competition Authority (“TCA”) announced that Meta failed to fulfil the compliance measures attached to its previous abuse of dominance decision.[1] As a result, the Turkish Competition Board (“Board”) decided to impose a daily administrative monetary fine on Meta amounting to approximately to EUR 146,000.

Gen & Temizer | Özer
12.01.2024
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