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European Commission Launches New Cartel Reporting Tool, Member States Laud the Role of Whistleblowers

European Commissioner of Competition Margrethe Vestager made news when she announced that the European Commission had launched a new IT system enabling individuals to anonymously report cartel activity. In parallel, several...more

The LATEST: FTC “Second Requests” to be Narrower in Scope under Ohlhausen’s Leadership

Transactions that meet the Hart-Scott-Rodino thresholds for notification must be reported to the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and Department of Justice. Where a notified transaction raises competition concerns, the...more

Brexit Versus Euratom: What the “No” Vote Could Mean for UK Membership in the European Nuclear Peace Treaty

In Depth - Euratom – An Overview - The Euratom Treaty covers all civil nuclear activities in the European Union. As a nuclear peace treaty, it pools the nuclear industries of its Member States and ensures the...more

United States and European Union Ease Trade Sanctions Against Iran Pursuant to Nuclear Agreement

As widely reported, Saturday, January 16 was “Implementation Day” under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), agreed to on July 14, 2015, by the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the...more

The UK Consumer Rights Act 2015: A New Advance in Private Antitrust Enforcement

On 1 October 2015 the UK Consumer Rights Act 2015 (CRA 2015) entered into force, bringing with it a raft of changes pertaining to consumer protection law and competition law litigation. These changes were discussed in an...more

European Court of Justice Rules that a Scottish Law Establishing Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcoholic Drinks May Violate EU Law

On 23 December 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) – Europe’s highest court – ruled that a Scottish law establishing minimum unit pricing for alcoholic drinks may violate European Union law. The case...more

International News: Focus on Tax - Issue 3, 2015

The breadth of the articles contained in our Focus on Tax this issue demonstrates the perennial importance of this topic to global businesses and international high net worth individuals. We examine topics ranging from...more

The EU Directive on Antitrust Damages Actions

In This Issue: - Proof of the Competition Law Infringement - Measure of Damages and the “Passing-On” Defence - Disclosure of Evidence - Limitation Periods - Joint and Several Liability and Contributions...more

COMESA Merger Assessment Guidelines Clarify Jurisdictional Test and Notification Requirements

The long-awaited Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Merger Assessment Guidelines (the Merger Guidelines) were finally adopted in August 2014 and released on 31 October 2014....more

Focus on Private Equity - October 2014

Proposed EU Merger Review of Non-Controlling Minority Shareholding Acquisitions: Challenges and Opportunities for Private Equity - At present, the EU Merger Regulation [Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004] (the Merger...more

New EU Competition Commissioner’s Priorities For 2014-2019: Hearing Before The European Parliament

Margrethe Vestager, former Deputy Prime Minister of Denmark, is designated to become the next EU Competition Commissioner in November 2014. The EU Competition Commissioner is a powerful figure in Europe, as witnessed by the...more

International News: Focus on Mining and Metals

In This Issue: - Features ..Investors in Africa Benefit from Regional Trading Blocs ..Understanding the COMESA Merger Control Regime ..Protecting Your UK Business Against Departing...more

New EU Competition Commissioner Magrethe Vestager to Take Office in November, Pending Approval

In an announcement made on 10 September 2014, the President-elect of the next European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker from Luxemburg, unveiled his team and announced that Magrethe Vestager from Denmark will replace Joaquin...more

New Ukraine-Related Sanctions Imposed on Russian Interests

On July 16, 2014, the Obama Administration responded further to developments in Ukraine by imposing another new round of sanctions on Russian, Ukrainian and Crimean parties. Importantly, for the first time, the United States...more

7/21/2014  /  Foreign Policy , OFAC , Russia , Sanctions , Ukraine

Commission Publishes White Paper on Minority Shareholdings

Under the current Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (the Merger Regulation), the Commission is only able to review transactions that lead to a change of control. The Commission also has the power to review existing minority...more

New G-7 Sanctions Against Russia

The United States, in coordination with other G-7 nations, announced on Monday, April 28 new sanctions on individuals and entities with ties to the Russian government and President Putin. The newly announced sanctions build...more

5/1/2014  /  Foreign Policy , Russia , Sanctions

Significant Changes to UK Competition Regime Now Effective

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 took effect on 1 April 2014. Increased efficiencies and deterrence are the main drivers of this reform. As of 1 April 2014, the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013...more

Trade Sanctions Imposed in Response to Events in Ukraine

For any companies with interests in Russia or Ukraine, the events of the past several weeks and sanctions imposed by the United States, the European Union (EU), Switzerland, Canada and others may impact their business. ...more

3/25/2014  /  Russia , Sanctions , Ukraine

Fast Developing Events in Ukraine Prompt EU and US Trade Sanctions

Today, March 6, 2014, the European Union (EU) published a regulation imposing sanctions on several specific Ukrainian persons, including the former president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. In addition, today President Obama...more

3/7/2014  /  EU , Sanctions

Iran Sanctions—Implementation of P5+1/Iran Nuclear Non-Proliferation Agreement

The United States and the European Union have begun relieving Iran of some limited sanctions in exchange for Iran’s curtailing its nuclear proliferation activities....more

European Commission Simplifies Aspects of EU Merger Control

The European Commission (Commission) has issued a package of measures (the Reform Package), the rationale for which is to simplify and streamline EU merger control. The Reform Package does this by extending “simplified”...more

Relief for harm incurred as a result of protracted judicial review must be sought before General Court

On 26 November 2013, the European Union’s top court, the European Court of Justice, gave a seminal ruling establishing the principle that a claim for damages for losses incurred as a result of excessively long judicial review...more

EU Court Strikes Down Iran Asset Freeze Sanctions: Council of the European Union Urged to Act with more Rigour

In September 2013, the EU General Court annulled a series of asset freeze sanctions imposed by the Council of the European Union on a number of Iranian entities and one person. The General Court requires the EU regulators to...more

UK Competition Commission Provisionally Finds Anti-Competitive Features in Privately-Funded Health Care

The UK Competition Commission (the CC) has provisionally found that there are anti-competitive features in the supply or acquisition of privately-funded health care services, which give rise to adverse effects on competition....more

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