James Webber

James Webber

Shearman & Sterling LLP

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Brexit Q&A: Business Implications

On Thursday 23 June 2016, the UK electorate voted to leave the European Union. While this vote was advisory in nature, we expect that ultimately the UK Government and Parliament will respect the outcome and serve notice to...more

6/29/2016 - Acquisition Agreements Article 50 Treaty of the EU Cross-Border Transactions EEA EU EU Directive Financial Markets Foreign Judgments Grandfathered Status Member State Merger Agreements Scotland Trade Relations UK UK Brexit VAT WTO

Brexit: What Does the Vote Mean for Business?

Today, it was announced that the UK public has voted to leave the European Union. There will now be a negotiation of a new relationship between the UK and Europe. The fact of the vote itself has no legal effect on the laws of...more

6/24/2016 - EEA EU Member State MiFID II Referendums Trade Agreements UK UK Brexit

Brexit: Options for and Impact of the Possible Alternatives to EU Membership

The UK is holding a referendum on 23 June 2016 to decide whether or not to remain a member of the European Union. There seems to be a disconnect between some aspects of public discourse on the vote and the actual effect of an...more

3/21/2016 - Corporate Counsel EEA EFTA EU Referendums UK UK Brexit

Launch of First UK Opt-Out Class Action

October 1, 2015, marked the entry into force of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 ("CRA"), bringing with it an opt-out class action regime for the private enforcement of infringements in competition law. Now, in March, 2016, the...more

3/14/2016 - Class Action Collective Actions Competition Appeal Tribunal Opt-Outs UK UK Consumer Rights Act

Court of Appeal Sets Aside Order for Disclosure of Unredacted Commission Decision and Orders Strike Out of Economic Tort-Based...

On 14 October 2015 the Court of Appeal (CoA) handed down its judgment on appeals against orders made by Peter Smith J arising out of an alleged cartel for airfreight services. First, the CoA said the High Court was not...more

10/19/2015 - Airlines Cartels EEA EU Freight Forwarding TFEU Tortious Interference UK

Consumer Rights Act 2015: Private Actions for Breaches of Competition Law – Overview of the New Regime

The entry into force of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (“CRA15”) on 1 October 2015 sees the overhaul of the private enforcement regime in England & Wales. The CRA15, which amends both the Competition Act 1998 and the Enterprise...more

10/1/2015 - Breach of Competition Law Competition Appeal Tribunal EU Harmonization Rules Infringement Jurisdiction Opt-In Opt-Outs Private Right of Action UK UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) UK Consumer Rights Act

Austria and Luxembourg Will Challenge Hinkley Point C State Aid

Following an 11-month investigation into UK support for the Hinkley Point C nuclear project, the Commission approved a modified UK support package on 8 October 2014. Austria announced yesterday that it will launch its...more

6/26/2015 - Austria Energy Projects Financing Nuclear Power Power Plants UK

EU E-commerce Probe to Target Online Restrictions for Physical Goods – Not Just Digital Content

The European Commission has recently launched an e-commerce sector inquiry. It will complement and inform its policy agenda for a Digital Single Market in Europe, which was announced on the same day. Companies contacted...more

6/1/2015 - Digital Single Market Distributors E-Commerce EU Internet Retailers Retailers

Information Exchanges – Difficult Not to Go Bananas!

The European Court of Justice recently confirmed that pre-pricing communications between competitors involving discussions about price-setting factors, quotation prices and pricing trends may be incompatible with EU antitrust...more

3/31/2015 - Antitrust Provisions Cartels EU European Court of Justice (ECJ)

EU Investigates Tax Rulings for Breach of State Aid Rules

The European Commission is currently conducting in-depth investigations into whether national tax rulings breach the EU’s competition rules. Whilst the spark for these investigations was the “Luxleaks” scandal, in December...more

2/5/2015 - Competition Corporate Taxes EU European Commission Luxleaks Multinationals

New EU Directive Promoting Antitrust Damage Claims

Today, the EU considers that those affected by competition law infringement in some Member States are not able to effectively exercise their right to compensation. New EU legislation seeks to address obstacles to successful...more

12/5/2014 - Antitrust Injuries Competition EU

CMA Forced to Backtrack on Hospital Divestments in Private Healthcare Market Investigation

The Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) has backed down from its decision in the Market Investigation into Privately Funded Healthcare Services (the “PH Investigation”), which required HCA to divest some of the private...more

12/2/2014 - Competition Appeal Tribunal Healthcare Hospitals UK

German Court Joins Increased Trend to Police Internet Sales

The luxury bathroom fittings manufacturer Dornbracht has lost its appeal to the German Supreme Court against an order from a lower court awarding damages of €820,000 to a retailer because of losses suffered due to an...more

10/14/2014 - EU Internet Internet Retailers

European Commission Approves Hinkley Point C State Aid

The European Commission has decided that the revised UK support package for EDF’s Hinkley Point C nuclear project is compatible with EU State aid rules. In doing so, the Commission found that although the UK’s deal...more

10/10/2014 - Energy Projects European Commission Nuclear Power Public Private Partnerships (P3s) UK

Tribunal Forces UK Competition Authority to Rethink Hotel Bookings Settlement

The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) quashed the decision of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), now the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), to close its investigation into pricing arrangements entered into by...more

10/8/2014 - Airlines CMA Expedia Hotels OFT Online Travel Vendors Search Engines UK

The EU General Court Gets a Rap on Its Knuckles

In Groupement des cartes bancaires, the EU Court of Justice severely reprimanded the General Court for its failure to properly analyze a restriction of competition ‘by object’ within the meaning of Article 101(1) TFEU....more

9/12/2014 - EU European Court of Justice (ECJ) TFEU

Beware of Public Announcements! Recent European Competition Developments on Price Signalling

Forward public announcements of prices and outputs are common in many industries. The effect of such announcements on competition has traditionally been considered ambiguous. Partly for that reason, simple price announcements...more

3/25/2014 - Competition EU Price-Fixing

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