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Ofcom continues to vigorously police UK mobile spectrum

Consumers using their phones likely have little idea of the fierce battles mobile companies undertake to provide their handsets with better reception than their competitors. Consumers would be further surprised to find out...more

EU Retail News - March 2018

It's Not Too Late to Get Ready for the GDPR Caution When Exporting Luxury Goods French Supreme Court Upholds Exclusive Supply Obligation where Necessary to Franchise Network Guest interview with Beth Butterwick, CEO of Karen...more

Flux Capacitors – EU Commission fines cartel €254m

In February we reported on how a member of a maritime carrier cartel had saved itself a €200m fine under the EU’s leniency procedure. Showing the continued and valuable use of the leniency procedure, on 21 March 2018 it was...more

EU Competition Newsletter - March 2018

Early attention to the antitrust considerations of a given transaction can go a long way towards promoting the chances of timely or even early clearance of a transaction. As an initial matter, parties should focus their...more

Whistleblower saves €200million by reporting cartel

On the 21st of February 2018, the European Commission announced that it had fined maritime carriers a total of €395 for participation in a cartel concerning the intercontinental maritime transport of vehicles. To...more

EU & Competition Law Update - February 2018

Does the EU’s Qualcomm fine represent efficient justice? As widely reported, on 24 January 2018, the EU Commission fined Qualcomm €997m for abusing its dominant position in LTE baseband chipsets....more

Is Apple’s Shazam acquisition the next Facebook-Instagram-Whatsapp?

On 6 February 2018, the EU Commission announced that it had accepted a referral request from a number of EU countries to assess Apple’s acquisition of Shazam, a UK based developer and distributor of music recognition...more

EU & Competition Law Update - January 2018

When is pricing discriminatory? We reported in January 2017 on how a Portuguese Court had asked the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) to provide guidance on when “discriminatory pricing applied to equivalent...more

When is pricing discriminatory?

We reported in January 2017 on how a Portuguese Court has asked the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) to provide guidance on when “discriminatory pricing applied to equivalent transactions” amounts to an abuse...more

German regulator alleges abuse of dominance by Facebook over data usage policies

On 19 December 2017, the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO), issued a press release alleging that Facebook had abused its dominant position on the market for social networks in Germany. It specifically alleges that it...more

EU & Competition Law Update – December 2017

European Court of Justice questions validity of commitments procedure under EU competition law - On 23 November 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) surprised many competition law commentators, when it...more

Does Coty really mean that I can ban sales through online marketplaces?

In what is being hailed as landmark case in distribution law, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the ‘CJEU’) on 6 December 2017 gave a judgment confirming that luxury goods suppliers can ban sales through online...more

EU Opens Investigation Into UK Tax Scheme for Multinationals

The EU State aid rules are designed to stop Governments and local authorities giving companies a selective advantage, as doing so would create an unequal playing field. Say for example, a competitor in one country was given a...more

EU & Competition Law Update – November 2017

EU opens investigation into UK tax scheme for multinationals - The EU State aid rules are designed to stop Governments and local authorities giving companies a selective advantage, as doing so would create an unequal...more

Hotel comparison websites under investigation

On 27 October 2017, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that it had launched investigations into several hotel booking websites on the grounds that they were potentially misleading consumers....more

When Is a Private Company Considered a Public Body and Subject to the EU Procurement Rules?

The case itself is a judgement of 5 October 2017, following a request for a preliminary ruling from a regional court in Lithuania to the ECJ. The question submitted was essentially should a private company established by the...more

EU & Competition Law Update – October 2017

When is a private company considered a public body and subject to the EU procurement rules? A recent European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) case has thrown up a novel legal issue which will be of interest to all public...more

CMA’s new guidelines give clarity for smaller and non-overlapping mergers

On 5 September 2017, the CMA released new guidance regarding its Mergers Intelligence Function and the informal guidance it can give parties who are considering whether to submit their merger for formal deliberation by the...more

Chinese Buyers Act Quickly – Parallel UK & EU Foreign Takeover Control Systems Proposed

On the 13th September 2017 Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President, unveiled a framework for investment screening for certain foreign mergers in his “State of the Union” address to the European...more

EU & Competition Law Update – September 2017

On the 13th September 2017 Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President, unveiled a framework for investment screening for certain foreign mergers in his “State of the Union” address to the European...more

Chinese buyers act quickly – Parallel UK & EU foreign takeover control systems proposed

On the 14th August 2017, it was widely reported in the UK press how Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President, is preparing to unveil EU foreign takeover controls at a keynote speech in September. Such a system...more

EU Retail News - July 2017

On 18 July 2017, the UK's Advertising Standards Authority ("ASA") published a new report which calls for an end to gender stereotyping in advertising. The report comes at the end of an investigation into this issue, during...more

EU & Competition Law Update – July 2017

On 14 June 2017, the EU Commission announced that it was opening an investigation into Sanrio, owner of the Hello Kitty brand. Sanrio have been accused by the Commission of an infringement of Article 101 TFEU, the prohibition...more

Possible Wider UK Powers to Block Foreign Acquisitions

Recent developments show the UK Government’s desire to expand their powers to block foreign takeovers. We explore the nature and scope of the proposed legislation and assess its likely consequences....more

Regulatory interest continues around hotel prices

European and national competition regulator interest in hotel prices and price parity clauses continues. On 5 July 2017, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published a one page memo, intended to educate hotels on...more

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