Tag: Competition law

Hristov & Partners contributed to the ICLG’s Merger Control 2019 edition

We are pleased to announce that our team has contributed the Bulgaria chapter in The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Merger Control 2019. The guide gives an overview of the Bulgarian merger control regime and provides our practical advice and tips for businesses involved in transactions subject to merger filings and approval by the Bulgarian competition […]

Recent CPC’s decisions highlight the importance of internal competition compliance

The Bulgarian Competition Protection Commission has recently fined several companies on various unfair competition practices in what is a sound reminder of the importance of competition compliance reviews in daily business/marketing activities. Net Info  On 15 November 2018 the Commission fined Net Info AD with approx. BGN 267,000 for misleading and unlawful comparative advertising. In […]

The New Rules on Geo-Blocking within the EU

Following the GDPR hassle, next on the line for companies conducting business online within the EU comes the Regulation (EU) 2018/302 on addressing unjustified geo-blocking and other forms of discrimination based on customers’ nationality, place of residence or place of establishment within the internal market (the “Regulation”). The Regulation shall apply as from 3 December […]

E-commerce and Competition: The European Commission’s Sector Inquiry

The European Commission’s report on the e-commerce sector released in May (the Report) outlines the main trends and potential competition barriers in the online retail. Overall, the Commission did not deem necessary a review of the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (VBER). This means that despite the ongoing innovations in the e-commerce business models, at this […]

Bulgaria’s Competition Commission Activity in 2016 in Numbers

The national competition authority (CPC) has just published its annual activity report for the preceding 2016 year. In Bulgaria, CPC has controlling and enforcement powers in three major areas: antitrust and competition, public procurement procedures appeals and appeals relating to concession procedures. Here is some of the published statistical data in the area of competition […]

A third party’s liability for a failure to respond to a Bulgarian competition authority’s information request

We have heard this question often from clients and peers, mainly from foreign jurisdictions. We’ve always responded that this is a relevant question and it must not be neglected since it needs to be considered along with all associated risks (such as legal, financial, reputational, etc.) and costs. We say: “If you are a third […]