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What do the authorities want you to hear?

  • Jakob Hald, Director General, Danish Competition and Consumer Authority
  • Rikard Jermsten, Director General, Swedish Competition Authority
  • Lars Sørgard, Director General, Norwegian Competition Authority
  • Timo Mattila, Head of Competition Division, Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority
  • Anna Vernet, Head of Unit, DG Competition, European Commission

Guidance on the year’s most important developments – customised for the Nordic region: Read more

Rikard Jermsten on the SCA’s new power to block mergers

Photo: Rikard Jermsten, Director General, Swedish Competition Authority

We are very grateful to Rikard Jermsten, newly appointed Director General of the Swedish Competition Authority, for taking the time to give us his thoughts on the forthcoming changes to Sweden’s merger control regime. In office since September 2017, Jermsten will now lead the SCA into the new year and a new era for companies seeking merger clearance in Sweden. He gives us some insights below. Read more


Photo: Shutterstock

Photo: Shutterstock

It raised my interest as the Finnish Editor of Nordic Competition to read recently that Finland has signed the Nordic competition authorities’ co-operation agreement. I was keen to know why Finland, as a member to the European Competition Network (ECN) and after 15 years of Nordic co-operation, has now decided to enter into the agreement with the fellow Nordics and how this will impact advising clients in my jurisdiction. Here’s what I learned. Read more

Taxi Shortcut: Norway’s Top Court Rules Joint Bid an Infringement by Object

Supreme Court follows EFTA Court ruling, but on different grounds

Photo: Dmitry Valberg

In a landmark judgment, Norway’s Supreme Court has ruled that joint bids submitted by two local taxi cooperatives for public contracts were anti-competitive ‘by object’. Since the two cooperatives could have bid separately for the contracts, they were considered as potential competitors.

The court unanimously held that no assessment was necessary of the likely effects of the parties’ choice to team up and bid jointly. Subject to the narrow exception for efficiencies – under the national provision corresponding to Art 101(3) TFEU – the joint bid was deemed a per se infringement. Read more