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Facebook Fined for WhatsApp Data Linking Fallout

by Alston & Bird on

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

by Reed Smith on

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

France Becomes an Attractive Forum for Antitrust Follow-On Damages Claims

by Reed Smith on

Companies often associate competition rules with public enforcement. However, competition law can also be a source of compensation. The new French Order and Decree, which together implement Directive 2014/104/EU on actions...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

Damages Directive and competition claims

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Damages Directive came into force in the UK on 9 March 2017. This change is important, as the risk of competition claims is likely to increase steadily across the EU. What may be less obvious, but is equally significant,...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – March 2017

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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

Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Quarterly Newsletter - Winter 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

FTC takes another look at merger remedies - On 3 February 2017, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released its Merger Remedies Study, which analyzed the success of merger remedies imposed by the FTC from 2006 to...more

European Commission Opens Investigation into Suspected Price Restrictions by Electronic Goods Producers

by K&L Gates LLP on

Following the recent warning by the European Commission (“Commission”) in its Preliminary Report on the e-Commerce Sector Inquiry, the Commission has announced that it has launched a full fledged investigation into four major...more

EU Merger Control Procedural & Jurisdictional Aspects: Reply To The European Commission Consultation

by Hogan Lovells on

We welcome the opportunity to provide comments to the European Commission in its evaluation of procedural and jurisdictional aspects of EU merger control. A NEW JURISDICTIONAL THRESHOLD - We respond here to section...more

"Big Data an Ongoing Concern for EU Competition Law"

The question of how "big data" should be treated in merger control and antitrust enforcement was a key issue for the European Commission and national regulators in European Union member states in 2016, with competition...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – February 2017

by McGuireWoods LLP on

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

Top 12 EU Legal Developments to Watch in 2017

Sheppard Mullin’s EU team has created a list of major legal shifts that await General Counsel and Compliance Officers in the areas of competition, EU regulatory and trade in 2017. These challenges may have an impact on your...more

Italy Implements EU Directive on Damages for Breaches of Competition Law

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 14 January 2017, following the approval by the competent parliamentary committees, the Italian Government has definitively adopted Legislative Decree n. 3 of 2017 (“Decree”) implementing in Italy Directive 2014/104/EU on...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – January 2017

by McGuireWoods LLP on

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

Key Challenges for Chinese Investors in Europe and How to Tackle Them

What are some of the key hurdles and obstacles for Chinese investors in Europe? Tips on how to manage them. Chinese outbound foreign direct investment ("ODI") has grown rapidly in Europe. 2016 was no exception, and...more

"Key Takeaways: Antitrust Law and Policies — From Brussels to Washington, DC: The Atlantic Divide?"

On October 21, 2016, Skadden presented a seminar titled “Antitrust Law and Policies From Brussels to Washington, D.C.: The Atlantic Divide?” in Brussels. Former DG Competition Director General Sir Philip Lowe gave the keynote...more

Proposed Legislation Could Extend Geoblocking Restrictions to Traders’ Unilateral Conduct

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 28 November, the Council of the EU (‘Council’) reached an agreement (‘Common Position’) on the draft Regulation intended to ban “unjustified” geo-blocking and other discriminatory practices that prevent end user customers...more

A view from Brussels: Margrethe Vestager - half-way through her mandate

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Margrethe Vestager has now been in office as European Commissioner for Competition for two years, and is effectively at the half-way point in her mandate. This is an appropriate time to evaluate her record so far and to...more

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