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New EU Regulatory Reforms Impact Food and Beverage Industry

Major legislative changes are poised to impact food and beverage companies across the EU. To modernize and simplify existing rules, and more effectively enforce compliance with health and safety standards, the EU adopted a...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – August 2017

Restrictions on Resellers’ Use of Third-Party Internet Platforms - On 26 July 2017, Advocate General (AG) Nils Wahl of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) handed down his opinion in the seminal Coty case concerning...more

The Advance of UK Antitrust Class Actions

Brussels-based antitrust partner Matthew Hall brings us an update on two ongoing UK antitrust class actions and one on the horizon. Antitrust class actions in the UK are beginning to take hold before the specialist...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – July 2017

More EU Investigations Into Licensing and Distribution Practices - During June 2017, the European Commission launched yet more competition law investigations into licensing and distribution practices in the EU. The four...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – June 2017

EU Regulators Open Pharma Pricing Investigations Focusing on Abuse of Dominance - The European Commission and UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have both opened new investigations into alleged abuses of...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – May 2017

Illegal Distribution Activities in the Spotlight Across the EU - Online and offline distribution issues remain a key focus of competition law regulators in the EU. This has been demonstrated yet again in recent weeks,...more

Brexit - UK Files for Divorce From European Union: What Should Companies Do Now to Prepare?

Latest Developments - On 29 March 2017, the UK government delivered the formal notice to the other EU Member States that it is leaving the EU. The Brexit process is now formally under way. Companies of all sizes can...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – March 2017

European Commission Investigates Online Sales Practices - On 2 February 2017, the European Commission (EC) announced three separate investigations into online sales practices in the EU. It will assess whether various...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – February 2017

February 1, 2017 Table of Contents On 20 January 2017, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that it has provisionally concluded that two suppliers of cleanroom laundry services in the UK have broken...more

2017 Food And Beverage Industry Outlook: Part 2

As discussed in part 1 of this two-part series, the food and beverage industry is expected to see regulatory and legislative changes on multiple fronts in 2017. But industry observers also anticipate an active year in U.S....more

European Competition Law Newsletter – January 2017

First UK Director Disqualification for Competition Law Breach - The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recently secured the first disqualification of a director of a company found to have infringed competition...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – December 2016

On 8 November 2016, the “Autorité de la concurrence” (French competition authority) provided a stark warning about the dangers of early implementation of a transaction prior to merger control clearance. This is one type of...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – November 2016

Watch the Treatment of Switzerland in Distribution Agreements - On 29 September 2016, the Swiss Federal Administrative Court (FAC) handed down a judgment impacting any distribution agreement which could touch...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – October 2016

Stand-Alone Refusal to Supply Claim Launched in UK Court - Competition law litigation continues to develop rapidly in the UK. Companies should be aware that this can be a useful commercial weapon against competitors...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – August 2016

Antitrust Liability for the Actions of Third Parties - It is a long-established principle that a company can be liable for the anti-competitive behavior of a third party. Compliance programmes and training, as well...more

Brexit: Preparing for the Unknown — Practical steps

The UK’s new Prime Minister Theresa May has said: “The country voted to leave the European Union, and as prime minister I will make sure that we leave the European Union.” That seems like a clear statement, but the...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – July 2016

Brexit and Competition Law - Competition law in the UK will be impacted by Brexit. There are steps which we recommend companies take now. Yet Another UK Case on Online Sales Restrictions - Another UK...more

Competition/Antitrust Law and Brexit: Immediate Practical Points for Business

Brexit will impact competition (or antitrust) law in the UK. There will likely be material changes in procedural law in particular. Changes to substantive law will probably be less significant, at least for most companies,...more

BREXIT: The UK Has Chosen To Leave The EU. What Next?

On 23 June 2016, the UK held a referendum in which the British people voted for the UK to leave the European Union. But what does this mean in practical terms? Who will BREXIT affect? Any business or financial...more

To BREXIT or Not to BREXIT? That is the Question.

On 23 June 2016, the UK will hold a referendum in which the British people will vote on whether the UK should remain part of the European Union or leave. This important decision will be determined by a simple majority of...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – June 2016

Resale Price Maintenance is Just as Bad Online - Two recent UK cases have demonstrated once again that any form of resale price maintenance (RPM) in relation to online sales will be treated just as harshly as RPM...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – May 2016

Third UK Fast-Track Claim Shows Rapid Development of Competition Law Private Claims as a Business Tool - On 12 April 2016, the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) listed (see here) its third fast-track competition law...more

The Intersection of Big Data and Antitrust Law - Finally a Case in the EU

Only a few weeks ago, EU Competition Commissioner Vestager said in a speech, “We continue to look carefully at this issue, but we haven’t found a competition [antitrust] problem yet”. She was referring to antitrust issues...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – March 2016

On 16 February 2016, the European Commission (EC) took the next step in its antitrust investigation into the use of price increase letters by 15 container liner shipping companies (carriers). The concern identified by the...more

Antitrust Fines for Pharma Pay-for-Delay: the UK Gets in on the Act

On February 12, 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the UK’s antitrust regulator, handed out a huge fine for a pay-for-delay antitrust law infringement in the UK. Although the CMA has been...more

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