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"Going International – A Primer for the Global Economy in Ten Questions"

The global economy has created an increasingly challenging phenomenon of cross-border enforcement. By way of recent example, how does Brazil fine US-based Facebook $33 million for supposed failure to produce documents from...more

The UAE Competition Committee has finally become operational; merger control in the UAE and the GCC region

by Hogan Lovells on

The UAE Competition Committee has become operational and therefore mergers and acquisitions may be subject to review in the near future....more

Be Sued or Be Fined: European Commission Proposes Consumer Protections Expanding Class Actions and Enforcement Powers

by Jones Day on

A proposal released by the European Commission for tightening consumer protection regulations in the European Union includes an expansion of both class actions and enforcement powers. The proposal, titled "The New Deal for...more

Artificial Intelligence and Algorithms in Cartel Cases: Risks in Potential Broad Theories of Harm

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Algorithms and the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) have become commonplace in a vast number of markets, and this has drawn the attention not only of competition law academics and practitioners, but also of competition...more

Gun-jumping and Procedural Compliance

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The EU and U.S. competition authorities have been and remain active in enforcing gun-jumping cases, while in recent years other competition authorities across the world, including in China, have also become increasingly...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Brazilian antitrust authorities adopt narrow approach to rate parity; Group segment moves to...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending March 30, 2018 is below. This week’s Update features a heavy dose of OTA updates....more

From hipster antitrust to Big Data: fresh challenges to competition law?

by Dentons on

The modern foundations of competition law and policy – with a focus on competitive pricing for consumers rather than a broad and diverse set of social and economic issues – are being shaken by the dual tremors of populism and...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Australian Competition Authorities re-think "narrow" parity; Keyword prohibitions the subject...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly OTA & Travel Distribution Update is below. This week’s Update features a number of familiar stories....more

How China Deals with the Diverging Approaches to Monopoly Agreements

by Jones Day on

Over the first decade of China's Antimonopoly Law, we have seen a divergence between the approaches adopted by the Chinese antimonopoly enforcement agencies and the Chinese courts towards agreements that restrain trade; what...more

China Merges Antitrust Enforcement Agencies into One, as its Anti-monopoly Law Approaches 10th Anniversary

by White & Case LLP on

China has taken a significant step toward concentrating all antitrust regulation and enforcement in one agency, the State Administration for Market Supervision (SAMS). On March 17, 2018, China's National People's Congress...more

LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN: A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion - Ecuador

1 .What role does the government of Ecuador play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The Ecuadorian state guarantees and promotes foreign investments. Foreign investors have the same rights and...more

Raised stakes: DOJ remarks highlight

by Dentons on

Innovation is "a key feature in the discussion of antitrust enforcement," and "the stakes could not be greater in deciding whether . . . [to] enforce antitrust laws to promote innovation," according to Deputy Assistant...more

Competition Newsletter March 2018

by Dentons on

A concerted practice between two pharmaceutical groups aiming to reduce the use of a medicinal product for treatments not covered by its marketing authorization and increasing the use of another competing medicine is likely...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Trivago's strikethrough pricing practices subject to AU scrutiny; Denmark opens investigation...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update is below and is full of interesting stories. Enjoy....more

A Two-Sided Coin: Regulation and Merger Control in the EU Telecommunications Sector

by Jones Day on

The Ruling: The Dutch competition authority's approval of KPN's acquisition of fiber operator Reggefiber was upheld by the Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal in February 2018. In assessing the merger's competitive...more

EU Competition Newsletter - March 2018

by Bryan Cave on

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

Institutional Investor Shareholdings Come Under European Commission Scrutiny

by Jones Day on

The Situation: A recent study examining common corporate shareholdings in the United States argues that the holding of even minority stakes in rival companies by institutional investors affects competition. The European...more

UK Competition Authority Updates Stakeholders on the Investment Consultants Market Investigation

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Following a market investigation reference from the Financial Conduct Authority in September 2017, the Competition and Markets Authority has published a progress report on the Investment Consultants Market Investigation that...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - February 2018 #4

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal U.S., European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

Enforcement Against Foreign Companies Arising from Amendments to Indonesian Competition Law Hinted at by Indonesian Business...

by Dentons on

The Chair of the Indonesian Business Competition Supervisory Commission (the KPPU), Syarkawi Rauf, has hinted at “taking action against foreign companies” that violate Indonesian Competition Law (Source: PaRR, 26 January...more

Chilling: ICA Fines Unilever/Algida €60 Million for Ice Cream Rebate Schemes

by Jones Day on

The Background: The Italian Competition Authority has imposed a €60 million fine on Unilever's Italian subsidiary Algida, which sells impulse ice creams, for having implemented a complex system of exclusivity clauses and...more

EU Court ruling on how off-label use is to be analysed under competition law

by White & Case LLP on

On 23 January 2018, the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice ("ECJ") delivered its judgment on preliminary reference from the Italian State Council in the Roche case, which concerns the off-label use of Avastin for the...more

2018 EU Trade, Regulatory and Competition Trends

Our “trends for 2018” are only a selection of interesting developments to watch for in 2018. Within the political and legislative cycle of the European Union, 2018 promises to be an eventful year, given that it is the last...more

EU Judgment On Banning Sales Via Online Marketplaces - What Does It Mean For Non-Luxury Brands?

by K&L Gates LLP on

The EU’s highest court, the Court of Justice of the EU, has decided that suppliers operating a selective distribution system may be able to prevent their authorised resellers from selling on third party platforms. The Court’s...more

Bumpy Landing Ends Competition Commissioner’s Privilege Claim

by Bennett Jones LLP on

A unique and expansive privilege asserted for many years by the Commissioner of Competition has come back down to Earth with a bumpy landing....more

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