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Retail closer than ever to competition authorities’ hearts

Following a number of European Commission sector inquiries (which included investigations into the energy, financial services and pharmaceuticals sectors), the competition authorities at both European and national levels have...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - February 2016

USTR Issues Report on China’s Implementation of WTO Agreements - The office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) recently issued an annual report on China’s implementation of its obligations under the World...more

Competition/antitrust law

Focus on the US - Cartel enforcement activity and stiffer criminal penalties against price fixing - The Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to investigate and seek criminal charges against worldwide cartels. This...more

EU Court Affirms Independence of EU and National Leniency Programs

On January 20, 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union issued a judgment reaffirming the independence of the cartel immunity and leniency regimes of the EU and member states. The ruling reasserts the obligation of...more

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 relationship between EU and national member state leniency applications...more

McDermott EU Competition Annual Review 2015

McDermott has published an EU Competition Annual Review for 2015. This 87 page booklet will help General Counsel and their teams focus on the most essential EU competition updates for 2015. Beyond being used to understand...more

"Global Antitrust Enforcement in the Digital Age: Recent Developments in E-Commerce"

Competition authorities worldwide ramped up scrutiny of e-commerce business practices in 2015. The European Commission (Commission) launched an expansive sector inquiry in May 2015 aimed at identifying anticompetitive...more

"Antitrust and Competition: Trends in US and EU Merger Enforcement"

Merger activity in 2015 was at its highest level in years, and competition authorities in the U.S. and European Union continued to be very aggressive, challenging a number of high-profile deals in court and causing some...more

Global Cartel Enforcement 2015 Year in Review

Developing trends: Auto parts and financial services penalties dominated global enforcement fine totals in 2015. And while financial services will remain a focus for enforcers in 2016, several new antitrust...more

The Antitrust Leniency Model and FCPA Enforcement

I am always wary of simplistic policy proposals – often the simple idea to apply one policy to another subject matter, just does not work. Instead, policy debate will turn to the simple idea and how it can easily be applied...more

2015 Global Cartel Enforcement Report

Global Competition Agencies Continue To Aggressively Enforce Cartel Laws - Although some major US Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations are ending, increased international cooperation and new probes confirm...more

Trending in 2016: Six Anticorruption Developments to Watch

With huge international scandals, such as those involving FIFA and Petrobras, dominating media coverage, bribery and corruption issues remained at the forefront for many throughout 2015. But what will the next year hold? ...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – January 2016

On 16 December 2015, the UK Supreme Court handed down a judgment on the definition of a merger for the purposes of UK merger control law. This issue is crucial for determining when the regulator may intervene under UK law and...more

2015 UK Legal Highlights

Welcome to our 2015 edition of UK Legal Highlights. This update is a reminder of some of the most important and signi cant legal developments in 2015 in DLA Piper’s areas of expertise. Last year, we included key...more

What to Expect in 2016 from the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division: Critical Legal Advice to Japanese Companies and...

With over 50 Japanese executives charged and more than 30 Japanese companies having faced criminal charges and having paid some $4 billion in fines since 2010, you would expect that all Japanese companies and their executives...more

Hong Kong Competition Ordinance Takes Effect: The Latest Jurisdiction Regulating How Companies Compete

On December 14, 2015, Hong Kong became the latest jurisdiction to prohibit anticompetitive agreements and unilateral conduct. The Competition Ordinance (Ordinance) is Hong Kong’s first cross-sector competition law for this...more

Tax Update: Tax Ruling Transparency in the EU - What You Need to Know

In the wake of the final OECD BEPS reports issued in October, the European Council adopted amendments to Directive 2011/16/EU providing for the automatic exchange of information concerning advance cross border rulings (ACBR)...more

What does the Trans Pacific Partnership mean for IP in Australia?

The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPP) between twelve Pacific Rim counties, including Australia and the United States, was finally made public on 5 November. The text of the Agreement will now be reviewed by...more

The Hong Kong Competition Ordinance - December 2015, the D Day

On 14 June 2012, the Hong Kong Legislative Council passed the first cross-sector competition law in Hong Kong, the Competition Ordinance (Ordinance). The Ordinance created the Competition Commission (the Commission), which...more

Competition and Market Regulation Update: A Win for Unregulated Infrastructure Providers - Government Response to Harper and PC...

Last week the Government released its response to the Harper Competition Policy Review. Whilst much of the media focus has been on this response the Government also released at the same time its response to the Productivity...more

The New Kid on the Block: Hong Kong’s New Competition Law Regime Has Come into Full Effect

Today Hong Kong's Competition Ordinance has come into full effect. The Ordinance gives Hong Kong its first general competition law that applies to all sectors of the economy. Please see full Memo below for more...more

"EU Allegations of Qualcomm Market Abuse Indicative of Global Enforcement Trend"

On December 8, 2015, the European Commission filed two Statements of Objections against U.S. semiconductor-maker Qualcomm Inc., alleging that the company had abused its dominant position in the baseband chipset market through...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – December 2015

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) regularly publishes compliance materials aimed at educating the business community in the UK. These are well worth a read by anyone involved in competition law compliance in the...more

U.S. International Trade Commission Makes Final Injury Determination On Supercalendered Paper From Canada

On November 18, 2015, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted affirmative in connection with its final injury investigation on supercalendered paper from Canada. The ITC commissioners unanimously determined (with...more

Global merger control: Charting a route to port

As investors scour the world for growth, regulators are placing cross-border deals under ever greater scrutiny, and a new regulatory world order is emerging. Understanding it is essential. Merger control: Getting your...more

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