Dr. Annette Mutschler-Siebert, M.Jur.

Dr. Annette Mutschler-Siebert, M.Jur.

K&L Gates LLP

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European Commission’s Preliminary Report in the E-Commerce Sector Inquiry: Highlighting Risk Areas for Suppliers of Branded Goods

In September, the European Commission published its much-awaited Preliminary Report in the e-Commerce Sector Inquiry, launched last May 2015. Although the primary focus of the Commission’s Inquiry is on restrictions limiting...more

10/11/2016 - Competition Cross-Border E-Commerce EU European Commission Geo-Blocking Online Platforms

CJEU Sends a Reminder to Parent Companies as regards the Imposition of Liability for their Subsidiaries’ Involvement in a Cartel

On 16 June 2016, the Court of Justice of the EU (“CJEU”) dismissed appeals against the General Court’s (“GC”) rulings on the calcium carbide cartel. The GC had upheld the European Commission’s (“Commission”) EUR 61 million...more

7/5/2016 - Cartels CJEU EU European Commission Parent Corporation Subsidiaries

UK Competition Authority Challenges Online Resale Ban

On 9 June 2016, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that it had sent a statement of objections to Ping Europe Limited, a golf equipment manufacturer, alleging that Ping had breached EU and UK...more

6/13/2016 - Competition Competition Authorities Office of Fair Trading UK UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)

CJEU Reaffirms Independence of EU and Member States Leniency Programs

The Court of Justice of the EU (“CJEU”) recently issued a seminal preliminary ruling on the relationship between EU leniency programs and the leniency programs of Member States. The CJEU reaffirms that EU and Member State...more

3/16/2016 - Cartels CJEU Corporate Counsel EU European Commission Immunity Leniency Programs Member State

CJEU Sends Clear Warning to “Cartel Facilitators”

On 22 October 2015, the Court of Justice of the EU (“CJEU”) handed down a seminal judgment holding for the first time that companies facilitating the implementation of a cartel can be sanctioned under EU competition law....more

11/2/2015 - Cartels Code of Conduct Competition European Commission European Court of Justice (ECJ) Foreign Trade Regulations Sanctions

The Court of Justice of the European Union Confirms the Commission’s Long Arm in Fighting International Cartels

In a landmark victory for the European Commission (Commission) before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on 9 July 2015, the Court upheld the EUR 288 million fine imposed on a Taiwanese producer of liquid...more

7/14/2015 - Cartels Competition Corporate Counsel European Court of Justice (ECJ) Foreign Corporations LCD Panels South Korea Taiwan

European Commission Publishes Strategy on the Digital Single Market

On 6 May the European Commission released the EU’s Digital Single Market strategy (the ‘DSM Strategy’), with the declared objective to tear down the obstacles to doing business online. The DSM Strategy has been released...more

6/4/2015 - Cybersecurity Data Protection Digital Media Digital Services Digital Single Market E-Commerce EU European Commission Geo-Blocking International Harmonization Internet Service Providers (ISPs) Popular Public Policy Regulatory Agenda Telecommunications VAT

E-commerce Companies Face EU Competition Scrutiny

On 26 March 2015, the European Commission announced its proposal to launch an inquiry into the EU e-commerce sector, one that could have far-reaching implications for any business with an online presence in Europe. What is...more

3/31/2015 - Competition Authorities E-Commerce EU

The European Commission’s Enforcement Priorities and the Debate on the Reform of the EU Merger Control Regulation

EU merger control celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. On 13 March 2015, the EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager gave a speech on merger reform and market definition noting that, although there is no room...more

3/30/2015 - EU European Commission European Merger Control Regulation Popular Strategic Enforcement Plan

For the first time Germany extradites former executive to the US on antitrust charges

Romano Pisciotti, an Italian national, was extradited from Germany in April 2014 to personally face criminal charges in the US for participating in a worldwide cartel. This is the first time an individual has been extradited...more

4/14/2014 - Antitrust Litigation EU Extradition

European Authorities Crack Down on Price Signalling

EU and national competition law authorities have recently shown an increased interest in the anticompetitive effects of public announcements relating to future prices and strategic plans. The Netherlands Authority for...more

1/17/2014 - EU Price-Fixing

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