François-Xavier Mirza

François-Xavier Mirza

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No hiding a cartel under a joint venture marketing company

We are used to companies being fined for cartels acting undercover to agree on prices or other market parameters. What about companies openly agreeing together through a joint venture company?...more

3/20/2017 - Cartels Commercial Contracts France French Competition Authority Joint Venture Marketing

EU Competition Newsletter – February 2017

Portugal Asks European Court to Determine the Criteria Required for Discriminatory Pricing to Be an Abuse Under Article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union - Portuguese Court has asked the...more

2/22/2017 - Antitrust Provisions BMW CJEU Cross-Border E-Commerce EU Internet Retailers Merger Controls Samsung TFEU UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) Unfair Pricing

Combative French Plaintiff Obtains Extended Jurisdiction Over Cross-border Online Marketplace Sales

On 21 December 2016, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) handed down an interesting interpretation of jurisdictional issues in cross-border competition law and online sales. The ECJ ruled that courts of a Member State have...more

2/20/2017 - CJEU Cross-Border Transactions E-Commerce EU France French Competition Authority Jurisdiction Retailers Samsung

January EU Competition Newsletter

Digital and Pharma Merger Cases Raise Worry of Enforcement Gap in EU Merger Control - On 7 October 2016, the EU Commission launched a public consultation ("the Consultation") on the functioning of certain procedural and...more

1/25/2017 - Competition Authorities E-Commerce EU France Germany Italy Merger Controls Mortgage Lenders Payment Systems Pharmaceutical Industry

EU Competition Newsletter - December 2016

Single Market Withdrawal: A New Challenge to Brexit for the UK Government - Should Parliament have a say over whether Britain could remain in the European Economic Area?...more

12/22/2016 - Abuse of Dominance Competition Authorities Contractors Dairy Farmers EU Single Market Fashion Industry France Germany Italy Telecommunications TFEU UK Brexit

EU Competition Newsletter - November 2016

The European Commission issues Statement of Objections against Brussels Airlines and TAP Portugal over “anticompetitive” codesharing arrangements - The European Commission have expressed concern over the possible...more

11/18/2016 - Airlines Anticompetitive Behavior Burden of Proof CJEU EU Freight Forwarding French Competition Authority Germany Gun-Jumping Internet Retailers Italy Monopolization Price-Fixing Sanofi UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)

EU Competition Newsletter – October 2016

'Great Repeal Bill' more likely to be 'Great Preservation Bill' - After what seemed like an eternity, but in reality has only been a few months, the Prime Minister announced on 2 October 2016 that Article 50 of the...more

10/21/2016 - Article 50 Treaty of the EU Cartels Competition Authorities Emerging Technology Companies EU French Competition Authority Italy Merger Controls Price-Fixing TFEU The Great Repeal Bill UK UK Brexit

International Investment Arbitration in Europe: Year in Review 2015

International investment arbitration – also known as investment treaty arbitration or investor-State arbitration – is a procedure whereby foreign investors may seek a binding adjudication of claims against host States that...more

5/31/2016 - Bilateral Investment Treaties CETA Energy Charter Treaty Energy Sector EU European Central Bank Eurozone Foreign Investment ICSID International Arbitration Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) Investor-State Arbitration Investors Oil & Gas Quantitative Easing Solar Energy TTIP

EU & Competition Law Update – April 2016

European Union: EU Commission maintains close scrutiny of retail geo-blocking - On the 18th of March 2016, the EU Commission published initial findings from its e-commerce sector inquiry. The initial findings show a...more

4/5/2016 - Banks Cartels Collusion Competition Competition Authorities Dairy Farmers Driver's Licenses E-Commerce EU European Commission France Franchise Agreements French Competition Authority Geo-Blocking Germany Interest Rates Italy Macron Law Mortgages Railways UK UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)

EU & Competition Law Update - February 2016

EU and national leniency applications independent rules ECJ - On the 20 January 2016, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) handed down its ruling on a preliminary reference made by the Italian Council of State on the...more

2/3/2016 - Abuse of Dominance Air Cargo Anti-Competitive Burger King Cartels Competition Authorities EU European Commission European Court of Justice (ECJ) France Germany Immunity Infringement Italy LEGO Leniency Guidelines Price-Fixing Telecommunications TFEU UK UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)

Notions de secret professionnel dans un monde des affaires mondialisé

Dans notre monde des affaires désormais mondialisé, nombreuses sont les contraintes d’ordre juridique, dépassant le strict cadre national, qui sont depuis longtemps maîtrisées par les acteurs économiques, que ce soit, par...more

1/19/2016 - Attorney-Client Privilege Complex Corporate Transactions Compliance Confidential Information English Common Law France Hong Kong Internal Communications Multinationals Privileged Communication

EU & Competition Law Update - January 2016

Smartphone chip manufacturer accused of an abuse of dominance - On the 8th December 2015, Qualcomm, the world’s largest supplier of smartphone chipsets, was publicly accused by the European Commission of abusing its...more

1/14/2016 - Abuse of Dominance Anti-Competitive Cartels Competition Authorities Energy Consumption EU France Germany Infringement Italy Price-Fixing Qualcomm Ridesharing Shipping Smartphones Telecommunications TFEU Uber UK UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) Unfair Pricing

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