The following Competition guidance note Produced in partnership with ČECHOVÁ & PARTNERS s. r. o. provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
A conversation with Tomas Maretta, partner, and Marek Holka, associate at Slovak law firm ČECHOVÁ & PARTNERS s. r. o., on key issues on merger control in Slovakia.
NOTE–to see whether notification thresholds in Slovakia and throughout the world are met, see Where to Notify.
The adoption of the new Competition Act implementing the ECN+ Directive and introducing other provisions in reaction to decision making practice is expected in late 2020 or early 2021 (first draft is expected in summer 2020). The new legislation should also react to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic recession. In particular in relation to merger control, it is expected that 2020 turnovers will not be taken into account when assessing merger notification thresholds, since these are considered artificially low, without having an impact on the relative market power of the undertakings concerned. Final version of the legislation is, however, yet to be determined.
According to the current Prioritisation Policy and plan of activities for year 2020 of the Slovak competition authority, the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic (AMO), non-notified concentrations remain one of the AMO’s enforcement priorities. In this area, the AMO
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