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Brussels Regulatory Brief: October

On 6 September 2017, the Court of Justice, the European Union (“EU”)’s highest court, issued its much awaited decision in a case of abuse of dominance by a US microchip manufacturer using exclusivity or loyalty rebates, i.e....more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: August

On 6 July 2017, the European Commission (“Commission”) announced it had opened three investigations against companies which have allegedly breached the European Union (“EU”) merger procedural rules. Two of the cases...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: July

On 10 May 2017, the European Commission (“Commission”) published its final report (“Report”) concluding a wide-ranging two-year long inquiry into e-commerce (“Inquiry”). During the Inquiry – which was conceived as part of the...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

Brussels Regulatory Brief: June

On May 15, 2017, the European Commission (“Commission”) announced it had opened a formal investigation into a global pharmaceutical company for possible abuse of dominant position. The alleged conduct of the company,...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: May

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

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

More Transparency, Better Access, Strong Support to FinTech: a New EU Plan for Retail Finance

The European Commission’s action plan builds on the results of its green paper on retail financial services published for public consultation in December 2015. In the framework of the Capital Markets Union (CMU)...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: April

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

Brussels Regulatory Brief: March

On 8 February 2017, the Commission announced it had imposed fines totaling almost EUR 68 million on three companies for participating in a cartel to fix purchase prices of scrap lead-acid automotive batteries. The cartel...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: February

On 1 January 2017, the torch of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (“EU”) was passed from Slovakia to Malta. The Presidency rotates every six months between the EU Member States, but continuity is guaranteed...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: December

January will bring some important changes in the internal composition and current leadership of the European Parliament (“EP”). Such changes are expected to shake the EP’s internal life, even without a shift in the general...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: November

The European Commission (“Commission”) has recently published statistics concerning the European Union (“EU”) merger control review process. Typically, the Commission examines larger mergers with an EU dimension, meaning that...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

Brussels Regulatory Brief: October

The European Commission (“Commission”) has recently imposed a record fine of EUR 2.93 billion on some of the largest truck producers for their involvement in a cartel lasting 14 years and covering the entire European Economic...more

EU and UK Sanctions Update: July 2016

Below is a summary of developments since our previous update in May, relating to European Union (“EU”) sanctions on Russia, Iran and other jurisdictions, the impact of Brexit on EU sanctions and recent changes with respect to...more

Global Boardroom Risk Solutions Newsletter

“Risk is sexy?” - Anonymous GC - Not every Director or General Counsel (GC) is likely to describe risk analysis as “sexy” but there is little doubt that risk issues have demanded a board level focus which would have been...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 Bites": The impact on trade with and from the UK

This is the seventh in our series of "Brexit Bites" which focuses on Trade and the Movement of Goods & Services. The EU is essentially a common market, as it used to be officially called. Leaving the EU would have an...more

European Union and United Kingdom Sanctions Update: May 2016

Below is a summary of developments since our previous update in March relating to European Union (“EU”) sanctions on Iran, North Korea and other jurisdictions as well as highlights of recent changes with respect to the...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: April

Antitrust and competition - A welcome limitation on the investigatory powers of the Commission when requesting information from companies - On 10 March 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) set aside...more

European Union and United Kingdom Sanctions Update: March 2016

Below is a summary of developments since our previous update in January relating to European Union (“EU”) sanctions on Iran, Russia, Belarus, North Korea and other jurisdictions as well as highlights of recent changes with...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

Brussels Regulatory Brief: February 2016

The Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) has recently clarified how participation in cartels can be presumed under EU competition rules. An online booking system used for package holidays had sent to travel agents...more

Iran Sanctions Relief and Further EU Regulatory Developments in 2016

On 16 January 2016 (“Implementation Day”), the majority of the European Union’s (“EU”) economic/financial sanctions against Iran were lifted after the International Atomic Energy Agency (“IAEA”) verified that Iran is abiding...more

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