Bundeskartellamt closes Amazon terms-of-business investigation following commitments.

On 17 July 2019 Germany’s Federal Cartel Office announced it would close its investigation into Amazon’s “Terms and Conditions” of business with third-party sellers on its marketplace, following undertakings by Amazon to amend certain terms. The FCO had initiated an antitrust investigation into Amazon’s T&Cs with sellers on its German marketplace in late November 2018. Agreed changes to business terms extend to Amazon’s marketplaces worldwide and will be effective as of mid-August 2019.

A CRA Europe team including Cristina Caffarra, Bob Stillman and Patrick Andreoli-Versbach advised Amazon in the course of the investigation.

For more details, please see the press releases by the FCO, here.