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Commission Tightens Rules of Exemption Under the EU De Minimis Safe Harbor

On June 25, 2014, the European Commission (Commission) adopted revised rules on agreements of minor importance which do not appreciably restrict competition (the so-called “De Minimis Notice”) and providing a safe harbor from...more

Commission Publishes White Paper on Minority Shareholdings

Under the current Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (the Merger Regulation), the Commission is only able to review transactions that lead to a change of control. The Commission also has the power to review existing minority...more

Investment Management Update

In July 2014, the SEC settled the previously reported proceeding involving Chariot Advisors, and its former owner, Elliott Shifman, concerning charges of violating and aiding and abetting the violation of Section 15(c) of the...more

European Commission Uses EU State Aid Rules Against Aggressive Tax Planning by Multinational Companies

EU Member States are prohibited from granting to companies selective advantages that qualify as State aid within the meaning of Article 107(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) without the prior...more

"Intel Loses Appeal Against European Antitrust Fine"

In a long-awaited judgment issued on June 12, 2014, the General Court upheld in its entirety the European Commission’s May 13, 2009, decision imposing a fine of €1.06 billion ($1.5 billion) on Intel for abusing a dominant...more

Revised GBER Reduces Need For Commission Prior Approval of State Aid But Some Conditions Stricter Than Before

The European Commission (Commission) has adopted new rules that exempt public support given to companies by EU Member States, including regional and local authorities, from the requirement of prior notification to, and...more

European Commission limits Ability to seek Injunctions relating to Standard Essential Patents

On 29 April 2014, the European Commission ("Commission") issued two decisions clarifying its approach where holders of standard essential patents (“SEPs”) seek injunctions against their prospective licensees, in particular as...more

European Union: Assessment Of IP Licensing Agreements Under EU Competition Law*

In recent years there has been a remarkable expansion of antitrust enforcement in the area of intellectual property (IP). This trend is illustrated by an increasing willingness of the European Commission (the Commission) and...more

EU: Commission commences antitrust proceedings into film distribution

The European Commission (the “Commission”) has initiated formal antitrust proceedings to assess various licensing agreements between European Pay-TV broadcasters and major US Film studios for broadcasting by satellite or...more

All-In@EiG 2013 - Co-ordinated Advice on a Global Scale.

Welcome to EiG 2013 - Last year we referenced the sense of deja vu in the preceding 12 month period and not surprisingly, the same themes and issues have dominated the online gambling industry since 2012. The...more

A New Front in The Patent Wars: CJEU Asked for Guidance on Limits to Injunctive Relief

The patent wars between large technology companies continue unabated. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) is set to provide guidance on the antitrust rules when holders of standard essential patents seek...more

Legal Uncertainty in Proposed Ring-Fencing Provisions

On February 5, the Financial Markets Law Committee published a paper highlighting uncertainties identified in relation to the ring-fencing provisions contained in the draft Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill 2012 –...more

National Competition Authorities in Europe are Not Bound by The European Commission de Minimis Notice

On 13 December 2012, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) held that national competition authorities (NCAs) can apply European competition rules, and fine companies for an infringement of EU rules, even in cases...more

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