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Mind what you submit - €110 million fine for submitting misleading information during a merger notification

On May 18, the European Commission (the Commission) fined Facebook €110 million for providing incorrect or misleading information during its 2014 WhatsApp merger notification (under the 2004 EU Merger Regulation - the EUMR)....more

Not the last word - the final report on the e-commerce sector inquiry

On 10 May 2017, DG Competition of the European Commission (the "Commission") published its final report on the inquiry into the e-commerce sector (launched in May 2015 as part of the Digital Single Market strategy). The...more

Director liability for competition law breaches - the CMA's first UK director disqualification

Financial penalties being imposed on companies for breaches of competition law are well known, particularly because of the very significant amounts involved. However, fines are only one aspect. In the UK, along with lots of...more

A day at the races - the e-commerce sector inquiry, a conference report

On Thursday, 6 October, the European Commission presented its preliminary findings of the e-commerce sector inquiry (Preliminary Report) to a large audience of interested stakeholders, followed by debates on the three main...more

Preliminary Report on the E-commerce Sector Inquiry: Key findings

On 15 September 2016, the European Commission published its Preliminary Report on the E-commerce Sector Inquiry. Although the Report is preliminary, its findings already highlight concerns on the part of the European...more

Brexit: Key questions for the UK's manufacturing industry

The UK this month voted to leave the European Union in a so-called Brexit referendum. This decision raises significant challenges and potential opportunities for all multinational companies that trade with and operate in the...more

European Commission's initial findings on geo-blocking practices in EU e-commerce

On 18 March 2016, the European Commission (Commission) released the initial findings of both its e-commerce Sector Inquiry (by DG Competition) and its consultation on geo-blocking and its effect on the e-commerce market...more

Brexit: The implications for UK manufacturers

The possibility of a UK exit from the EU (colloquially known as a Brexit) is high on the political, business and media agenda. What are the key questions for the manufacturing industry?...more

Law a la Mode - Issue 18 November 2015

The Australian editorial team is delighted to bring you the 18th edition of Law a` la Mode, the quarterly legal magazine produced by DLA Piper’s Fashion, Retail and Design Group for distribution to clients and contacts of the...more

The Which? Super-Complaint Regarding Pricing and Promotional Practices in the Grocery Market

Between 21 April 2015 and 16 July 2015 the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have investigated pricing practices in the grocery industry following a super-complaint by Which?. The CMA's response was heralded by the...more

Competition and Market Regulation Update: Prior consent clauses in commercial leases: Competition law clarification

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has confirmed that any clause protecting an anchor tenant from competition in a new development should be analysed as to their effect on competition in the local market under...more

The European Commission's Digital Single Market Strategy and its impact on your business

The Strategy contains several key actions under three pillars and the Commission will set out to make a number of relevant legislative proposals in this regard. As a first step to implement the Strategy, also on 6 May 2015,...more

Competition and Markets Authority to consider grocery pricing practices

The Which? super-complaint - On 21 April 2015, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) received a super-complaint from the consumer organisation Which? in respect of perceived concerns about misleading and opaque...more

Antitrust Matters - April 2014 (Global)

Welcome to the second issue of our global competition and antitrust law newsletter Antitrust Matters. The importance and shifting nature of antitrust problems facing companies and individuals is by its nature, a work in...more

European Commission reduces notification burden for more mergers

SUMMARY - The European Commission ("Commission") has announced its plans to both reshape the simplified merger notification process within the framework of the EUMR1 in order to extend the option of simplified...more

Regulatory Risk: Pharmaceutical sector — clarification on approach to market definition for prescription medicines

SUMMARY - A decision handed down by the UK Court of Appeal earlier this month provides useful guidance on the correct approach to defining the market in relation to pharmaceutical products. The Court of Appeal held...more

Proposed changes to EU Merger Control - the minority upgrade?

The European Commission (the Commission) has just published a consultation entitled "Towards more effective EU Merger Control" and invites all interested parties to submit comments on proposed changes to the EU Merger...more

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