On 18 October, the German Federal Parliament (Bundestag) adopted several changes to German competition law. The new legislation still has to be passed by the second chamber of the German parliament (Bundesrat) but the changes are expected to come into force on 1 January 2013. Overall, the changes are less far-reaching than many of the proposals discussed during the preparatory phase of the reform. The changes, however, are significant and will have to be taken into account by companies doing business in Germany. The article summarizes the main points of the reform.
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