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Only 'full-function' joint ventures subject to EU merger control: C-248/16 Austria Asphalt v Bundeskartellanwalt

On 7 September 2017 the EU Court of Justice ruled that the creation of a joint venture is subject to merger control only where the target company is 'full-function' - i.e. an autonomous economic entity. The Court clarified...more

Risky IT Programs - The Use of Algorithms and Risk of Collusion under Antitrust Laws

On 14 June 2017, the OECD published a Note from the EU on Algorithms and Collusion (DAF/COMP/(2017)12 - here) (the EU Note). An updated background note on Algorithms and Collusion was published by the OECD Secretariat on 9...more

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

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

Antitrust Matters - July 2016

Welcome to the July issue of DLA Piper's quarterly Antitrust Matters newsletter, which brings you antitrust and competition news from all around the world. While we reflect on the UK's decision to leave the European...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

Antitrust Matters - March 2016: Hubs, spokes, middlemen and signalling

Despite European competition law's dynamic and ever-evolving nature, for a very long period of time undertakings could rely on two quasi-certainties: first, that vertical information gathering – gathering or exchanging...more

Tax Update: European Commission Decides Belgian Excess Profit Tax Rulings are Illegal State Aid - Granted to at Least 35...

On 11 January 2016, the European Commission decided that the tax adjustments granted under the Belgian tax scheme introduced in 2004 by Article 185 §2 of the Corporate Income Tax Code on excess profits within multinational...more

Global Tax News - November 2015

HANDS OFF DIGITAL CURRENCIES! CANADA’S SENATE CALLS FOR A LIGHT REGULATORY APPROACH Formerly considered a gimmick for geeks and gamers, digital currencies, such as Bitcoin, have grown into a worldwide phenomenon...more

EU Prohibits "Fiscal Aid"

The European Commission has ruled that two decisions made by national tax authorities artificially reduced the tax burden on the companies involved. ...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

E-commerce inquiry may affect the fashion sector

The Emperor's new clothes may undergo some changes as the fashion sector is currently under the magnifying glass of numerous competition authorities throughout Europe....more

Luxleaks - Challenging the challenges to tax rulings in the EU

The European Commission's recent state aid crusade against so-called sweet deals in the form of tax rulings may have unwelcome consequences never contemplated by the Commission....more

Antitrust Matters - March 2015 (Global)

Luxleaks – Challenging the challenges to ta rulings in the EU - The European Commission’s recent state aid crusade against so-called sweet deals in the form of tax rulings may have unwelcome consequences never...more

Antitrust Matters - November 2014 (Global)

EDITORIAL - Sitting at my desk in Washington, DC, I imagine myself being a business executive in Europe or Asia, trying to make sense of news reports that I regularly hear about United States courts and enforcement...more

International Tax News - November 2014

FISCAL STATE AID: ATOMIC ALARM! - Early this month, a group of investigative journalists made public approximately 540 rulings granted by the Luxembourg tax administration to some 340 companies active in a large number...more

11/24/2014  /  BEPS , EU , OECD

Breaking ground for FRAND-licences

The long-awaited Opinion delivered by Advocate General Wathelet on 20 November 2014 in the dispute opposing Huawei and ZTE (Case C-170/13) sheds a new and bright light on the legal landscape for injunctions in SEP-FRAND...more

11/21/2014  /  EU , FRAND , IP License

Fiscal state aid: atomic alarm!

On 5 November 2014, a group of investigative journalists ("ICLG") placed approximately 540 rulings granted by the Luxembourg tax administration to some 340 companies active in a large number of industries (energy, financing,...more

International Tax News - October 2014

AUSTRALIA TO REFORM TAX TREATMENT OF EMPLOYEE STOCK AWARDS: 5 TAKEAWAYS FOR US-BASED COMPANIES - The Australian government has committed to reform the tax treatment of employee stock awards as part of its Industry...more

Spotlight on Belgium: Trends in the Legal Landscape - Issue 6, Fall 2014

Welcome to the sixth issue of Spotlight on Belgium, the publication through which DLA Piper’s Belgian team brings you up-to-speed with the latest legal updates. And as we are freshly out of the holiday period – it may not...more

Antitrust Matters - July 2014 (Global)

In This Issue: - Back to the Future? Back to the Past! - Interview: African Merger Control: Interview with the COMESA Competition Commission EUROPE: *EUROPEAN UNION: - Comparing apples and...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

Fasten your seat belts: European Commission to use state aid powers to scrutinize aggressive tax planning

An important message to all tax planners: The European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition has declared war on "fiscal optimization." It intends to use the antitrust stick to overcome the lack of tax...more

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