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Brexit ahead for TMT …8 months on

Eight months ago, just before the Referendum, I anticipated the implications of a Leave vote for the sector. Today sees the publication of the first results of the Hogan Lovells "Brexometer", which will track the attitudes of...more

Fifth Annual Report Reviews Global Antitrust Developments

Shearman & Sterling’s 2017 Antitrust Annual Report reflects our lawyers’ experience and insights on key antitrust risks affecting our clients’ businesses. Please see full Report below for more information....more

50% Off – New Guidance on Pricing Practices ‘Reduced’ to a Set of Common Sense Principles

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) has produced a new pricing practice guide which moves towards a principle-based approach. The new guidance will take effect from April 2017 and covers a range of pricing...more

EU antitrust enforcement 2.0 – European Commission raises concerns about algorithms and encourages individual whistleblowers

The European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has emphasised two important developments for EU antitrust enforcement, which have emerged from technological advancements: The Commission is taking proactive...more

When in Rome: Our Take on the ICSC OAC (Open Air Summit)

We know from our high school history lessons that large scale public shopping centers have been around since the days of the Roman Empire, if not before. The fabled open air markets of cities like Istanbul and Damascus still...more

Indonesia Implements a Safe Harbor Policy for E-Commerce (Marketplace) Platforms

In light of rapid developments in the e-commerce industry in Indonesia, the Ministry of Communication and Informatics ("MOCI") issued Circular Letter No. 5 of 2016 on the Limitations and Responsibilities of Platform Providers...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

Leveraging Digital Tech to Make Brick and Mortar Retail A Destination

With a growing percentage of retail sales shifting online, brick-and-mortar retailers are adopting novel approaches to enrich the experience of avisit to their stores. In some cases, stores are using novel technologies...more

EU Competition Newsletter – February 2017

Portugal Asks European Court to Determine the Criteria Required for Discriminatory Pricing to Be an Abuse Under Article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union - Portuguese Court has asked the...more

The Ascendency of Accessibility: Surge in Website Lawsuits Continues

The proliferation of accessibility lawsuits under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has not abated. It is well-documented that ADA-related litigation increased by 37% from 2015 to 2016, which is...more

Manatt Digital - February 2017

If there is one truism in the world of digital media, it is the simple fact that our technology and consumption habits are evolving in tandem with one another and at an exponential rate. This compounding effect of innovation...more

Georgia Tax Tribunal Issues Two New Decisions on Remote Seller Nexus and Georgia Tax Credit Elections

The Georgia Tax Tribunal, in its first published decisions in more than a year, held that: (1) Scholastic Book Clubs has nexus in Georgia and must collect sales tax; and (2) a taxpayer’s election of one tax credit for...more

Combative French Plaintiff Obtains Extended Jurisdiction Over Cross-border Online Marketplace Sales

On 21 December 2016, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) handed down an interesting interpretation of jurisdictional issues in cross-border competition law and online sales. The ECJ ruled that courts of a Member State have...more

E-Commerce Having a Growing Impact on the Automotive Industry

Most sales projections coming out of last month’s North American International Auto Show indicate a slow, gradual, but extended decline following a banner year in 2016. However, competition and sales activity looks to be...more

EU Commission Gets Serious About Geo-Blocking

On 2 February 2017, the EU Commission simultaneously launched three investigations into the e-commerce sector. What is significant about this latest development is that it shows that e-commerce is a clear priority area in...more

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

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

EC Launches Targeted Competition Enforcement in E-Commerce Sector

If we needed any reminder that the competitiveness of e-commerce was high on the European Commission’s enforcement agenda, we now have unequivocal proof of this. The Commission today launched three separate investigations...more

McDermott EU Competition Annual Review 2016

It is difficult for General Counsel and their teams to monitor all new developments adequately. With the growth of the Internet and the daily updates to EU competition rules, everyone receives and has access to masses of...more

January EU Retail News

Brands Expanding Internationally Should Embrace Competition-Conscious Luxury Goods Licences - The licensing of luxury goods in Europe, where a supplier sells goods to a certain approved distributor to sell on its...more

January EU Competition Newsletter

Digital and Pharma Merger Cases Raise Worry of Enforcement Gap in EU Merger Control - On 7 October 2016, the EU Commission launched a public consultation ("the Consultation") on the functioning of certain procedural and...more

Trade Issues for Asia Business in 2017: A Look Beyond Headlines at TPP’s Demise and Emerging RCEP Trade Agreement

Press coverage about trade in Asia after the election of Donald Trump predominantly has framed a narrative that China stands to benefit from the demise of the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at the expense of the...more

Registration with the RF tax authorities aimed at payment of VAT by foreign e services providers

Dentons’ Russia Tax practice would like to remind readers that, starting 1 January 2017, foreign companies providing e-services are required to undergo special tax registration according to the procedure of Clause 4.6 of...more

Draft New Law Will Change the Regulatory Landscape for E-Commerce in China

China’s e-commerce market, with an annual turnover of more than 3.8 trillion yuan last year, has become the largest in the world. The various laws and regulations that were enacted by different authorities at different times...more

Privacy Tip #65 – Beware Online Shoppers of Keylogging Malware

There are reports of a java keylogger that is able to copy and forward credit card details from online checkout forms that are used on shopping websites. It has reportedly affected several dozen online shopping websites that...more

European Commission proposes simplified VAT rules for e-commerce supplies

On 1 December 2016, the European Commission unveiled plans to simplify the VAT rules for cross-border online sales (e-commerce). The Commission's proposal will make it easier for online businesses to access markets in (other)...more

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