The financial year 2020-2021 witnessed significant competition law-related developments, including the advisory for businesses in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the market study report on the telecom sector in India. The digital sector faced increased scrutiny, with several technology companies being investigated for alleged anti-competitive and abusive practices in India, as the rapidly evolving digital landscape posed unique challenges.
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has previously indicated that while assessing new-age markets, it will adopt a nuanced and minimalist approach, to avoid stifling innovation incentives which are offered by such digital companies. Google is facing an investigation for alleged abusive conduct by unfairly mandating the use of its payment’s app, Google Pay, inter alia to purchase apps in the Play Store.
With respect to mergers, the CCI has continued to adopt a hybrid approach in granting approvals in complex M&A deals, by accepting structural and behavioural remedies, requiring parties to either make a permanent change in the structure of the market (e.g., divestment of assets) or to commit to not act in a certain manner in future (e.g., firewall provisions).Download PDF to read more
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