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EU and UK Sanctions and Export Controls Update – Autumn 2017

There have been a number of key developments in the European Union (“EU”) and United Kingdom (“UK”) sanctions regimes over the summer of 2017. Alongside the inevitable updates to the UK's sanctions policy in light of Brexit,...more

The EU Singapore Free Trade Agreements Cannot Enter Into Force, EU Court Rules

On 17 October 2014 the European Union and Singapore concluded negotiations a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (the “EUSFTA”). The EUSFTA should have then been signed, ratified and would have subsequently entered into force....more

Medical Device Regulation Update

On 5 May 2017, the Medical Device Regulation ("MDR") was published in the Official Journal of the European Union and comes into effect on 26 May 2017. The Commission proposed back in 2012 to revise the existing regulatory...more

EU and UK Sanctions Update: April 2017

There have been a number of key developments in the European Union (“EU”) and United Kingdom (“UK”) sanctions regimes in relation to North Korea, Russia, Syria and other jurisdictions since our last update. North Korea...more

EU Commissioner Warns Companies of Potentially Unlawful Use of Pricing Algorithms

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

EU and UK Sanctions Update: November 2016

There have been a number of key developments in the European Union (“EU”) and United Kingdom (“UK”) sanctions regimes in relation to Russia, Syria, Iraq and numerous other jurisdictions, since our last update in July...more

CJEU Sends a Reminder to Parent Companies as regards the Imposition of Liability for their Subsidiaries’ Involvement in a Cartel

On 16 June 2016, the Court of Justice of the EU (“CJEU”) dismissed appeals against the General Court’s (“GC”) rulings on the calcium carbide cartel. The GC had upheld the European Commission’s (“Commission”) EUR 61 million...more

BREXIT: Stay Calm - Effects on Antitrust Expected to be Limited

Should the UK leave the EU, the way how antitrust rules apply to companies based in and doing business in the EU and in the UK is unlikely to change significantly in the short or medium term. Notably, UK domestic...more

CJEU Reaffirms Independence of EU and Member States Leniency Programs

The Court of Justice of the EU (“CJEU”) recently issued a seminal preliminary ruling on the relationship between EU leniency programs and the leniency programs of Member States. The CJEU reaffirms that EU and Member State...more

Are You Ready to Implement the New EU Rules on Alternative Dispute Resolution?

On 15 February 2016, the European Commission’s new online dispute resolution (“ODR”) platform for consumer disputes with traders will go live. From this date, all online traders and online marketplaces established in the EU...more

The Beginning of US Style Class Actions in the UK? The Risks Associated with Past and Future Anti-Competitive Behaviour Just...

On 1 October 2015 the UK introduced a new class action regime for breaches of competition law (specifically cartel conduct or abuse of dominant position) permitting collective proceedings for damages claims which will be...more

ECJ Interprets Rules of Jurisdiction for Cartel Damages Claims

The European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) has recently handed down a landmark judgment in the Hydrogen Peroxide case, confirming that cartel victims may jointly sue cartelists for damages in an EU Member State where only one of...more

E-commerce Companies Face EU Competition Scrutiny

On 26 March 2015, the European Commission announced its proposal to launch an inquiry into the EU e-commerce sector, one that could have far-reaching implications for any business with an online presence in Europe. What is...more

European Authorities Crack Down on Price Signalling

EU and national competition law authorities have recently shown an increased interest in the anticompetitive effects of public announcements relating to future prices and strategic plans. The Netherlands Authority for...more

1/17/2014  /  EU , Price-Fixing

Competition Commission stops short of requiring Mandatory Rotation of Auditors

As part of its ongoing investigation into the UK audit services market, the Competition Commission ("CC") has provisionally decided on a package of remedies that will require FTSE 350 companies to put auditing contracts out...more

The European Commission's first pay-for-delay anti-trust infringement decision

In June 2013, two important decisions regarding 'pay-for-delay' arrangements in the pharmaceuticals industry were made in the EU and US. Generally speaking, 'pay-for-delay' or 'reverse-payment settlements' involve a type of...more

Emerging Policies in China’s Merger Control Process: MOFCOM’S Continued Focus on Far-Reaching Conditions

I. Introduction - In April 2013, two keenly awaited MOFCOM merger decisions illustrated China’s continued focus on utilising far-reaching behavioural conditions, especially in commodity transactions, which aim to...more

6/14/2013  /  China , Commodities , EU , MOFCOM , Transparency

Proposed Amendments to the EU Competition Assessment of Technology Transfers

The European Commission (the "Commission") is considering revisions to the rules governing the assessment of technology transfer agreements such as patent licences in advance of the expiry of the existing rules on 30 April...more

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