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Mind the gap – New Size-of-Transaction Test in German merger control

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New German competition law: Germany takes a pioneering role in adapting its competition law to the digital economy (Part 1) - On 9 June 2017, the 9th amendment of the German Act Against Restraints of Competition (ARC)...more

EU Telecoms Regulation Based on Unilateral Market Power Would be Contrary to EU Law

The existing EU regulatory framework for electronic communications obliges the EU Member States to provide in their national laws for certain powers and responsibilities of national regulatory authorities (“NRA”), in...more

No limits..? The limitation rules for cartel (damages) claims after the 9th reform of the German Competition Act (ARC)

by Hogan Lovells on

At first glance, not a stone seems to be left standing. The new sec. 33h ARC hardly bears any resemblance with the old sec. 33 para. 5 ARC, the to date only special limitation rule applicable to cartel damages claims in the...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update - May 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for May 2017. Please see full...more

(No) need to argue – What is certain, what is presumed and what can be estimated in cartel damage litigation after the 9th...

by Hogan Lovells on

Where is no plaintiff, there is also no judge: Private enforcement of competition law presupposes that there are plaintiffs who take a cartel to court. Plaintiffs exist where actions are worth it. Cartel victims may obtain...more

Plaintiff's paradise? – The passing-on defense after the 9th amendment of the German Act against Restraints of Competition (GWB)

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Cartelists facing damage claims by their customers regularly defend themselves with the objection of the so-called passing-on defense. According to such objection, a purchaser of the cartel cannot claim damages in so far as...more

Transposition of Directive on Antitrust Damages Actions: Some thoughts

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On 26 May 2017, the Spanish Government enacted the Royal Decree 9/2017 (the Royal Decree) implementing into Spanish law certain European Directives, amongst them, the Directive 2014/104/EU on actions for damages for...more

Private Enforcement of Claims for Competition Law Infringement has Become a Fact in Poland - Will Polish Courts be Overwhelmed...

by K&L Gates LLP on

Last week (on June 5, 2017) the President of Poland signed the Act on actions for damages for infringements of competition law (the “Act”). The Act will enter into force 14 days from its announcement in the Journal of Laws...more

Reform of German Competition Law

by McDermott Will & Emery on

A number of amendments to the German competition law (Amendment) entered into force on 9 June 2017. The key changes are: ..Merger control: Introduction of a new “size of transaction”-threshold...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – June 2017

by McGuireWoods LLP on

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

Facebook Fined for WhatsApp Data Linking Fallout

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On 18 May 2017, the European Commission (“Commission”) fined Facebook €110 million ($122 million) for misrepresentations made in its application for competition clearance of the company’s acquisition of WhatsApp. In its...more

Impact of Online Sales Restrictions on EU and German Competition Enforcement

by Reed Smith on

In the course of its E-commerce Sector Inquiry (Sector Inquiry) launched in May 2015, the European Commission gained an insight into the standard business practices engaged in by producers of consumer goods when distributing...more

Facebook Is Fined US$122 Million by European Commission for Misleading Information in WhatsApp Merger Review

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Facebook is faced with a fine of EUR110 million (US$122 million) for providing misrepresentative or incorrect information to the European Commission when it filed the acquisition of WhatsApp for merger approval in...more

The European Commission Announces Further Competition Enforcement Following its E-Commerce Inquiry: Considerations for Consumer...

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 10 May 2017, the European Commission (the “Commission”) published its final report (“Final Report”) concluding its wide-ranging, two-year long inquiry into e-commerce (“Inquiry”). The Final Report offers key insights into...more

Preparing for Antitrust Scrutiny of Arranger and Lender Conduct in Leveraged Loan Commitment Process

As a result of the announcement by the European Commission in its 2017 Management Plan that it will possibly engage in a sector inquiry under Article 17 of Regulation 1/2003 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European...more

Alert: E-commerce Sector Inquiry Final Report Heralds Renewed Enforcement by the Commission

by Cooley LLP on

The European Commission published the hotly anticipated final report of its two year E-commerce Sector Inquiry on 10 May. As predicted by our client briefing on the Commission’s Preliminary Report, which the Commission...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: May

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 16 March, the European Commission (“Commission”) announced it had launched a new tool in its fight against cartels and other anti-competitive practices. The Commission unveiled a new whistleblowing tool, which would allow...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – May 2017

by McGuireWoods LLP on

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

THE LATEST: Behavioral Remedy Satisfies European Commission in Rolls-Royce’s €720M Agreement to Purchase the Rest of ITP

by McDermott Will & Emery on

WHAT HAPPENED: ..Rolls-Royce and SENER have a 47 percent/53 percent joint-venture in Industrial de Turbo Propulsores (ITP)–an aircraft engine components manufacturer....more

Implementation of the European Union Directive on Antitrust Damages Actions into French Law

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 10 March 2017, France finally implemented into French law the EU Directive 2014/104 of 26 November 2014 on antitrust damages actions. The implementation provisions faithfully transpose the Directive, but some concepts...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: April

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 13 March 2017, it was announced that a United States (“U.S.”) chipmaker will acquire an autonomous vehicle technology company based in Israel for approximately USD 15.3 billion. This transaction may provide an interesting...more

Germany Updates Competition Rules to Deal with Digital Markets

by Reed Smith on

The “Digital Strategy 2025”, adopted by the German Federal Government on March 1, 2016, aims to ensure that Germany remains a growing, modern and significant financial marketplace in an increasingly digitalized environment....more

Modernisation on all fronts: Today’s Adoption of 2017 Amendments to the German Act against Restraints of Competition

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The most important changes and their practical impact - The EU antitrust damages directive (2014/104/EU) (the Damages Directive) should in fact have been transposed into national law by the end of 2016—however, the ninth...more

EU Commissioner Warns Companies of Potentially Unlawful Use of Pricing Algorithms

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 16 March 2017, EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager gave a speech on algorithms and competition at the Bundeskartellamt's 18th Conference on Competition in Berlin, during which she discussed the potentially...more

Brexit and the aviation industry: Up in the air?

by Dentons on

The aviation sector is crucial to the UK economy. The UK government has said it wants to work with industry to ensure the sector remains “prosperous and open for business” post-Brexit. It seems likely that there will be some...more

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