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‘Hard Brexit’ wouldn’t kill EU cartel claims filed in London, barrister says

‘Hard Brexit’ wouldn’t kill EU cartel claims filed in London, barrister says

07 October 2016

Marie Demetriou QC today acknowledged that a form of Brexit in which the UK distances itself from EU competition law would cause difficulties – but said such a move wouldn’t prevent claimants from filing follow-on cartel claims in London.

UK membership of EFTA: the rise of the “English rocket”?

UK membership of EFTA: the rise of the “English rocket”?

15 July 2016

Monckton Chambers barrister Kassie Smith QC this week suggested the UK’s litigation scene might potentially be better off post-Brexit if it chooses to join the European Free Trade Association, as it could lead to speedier claims.  

ECJ failure to clarify by-object analysis is “really frustrating”, says Whish

ECJ failure to clarify by-object analysis is “really frustrating”, says Whish

13 July 2016

The European Court of Justice should have taken the opportunity to clarify what constitutes a by-object restriction in a recent market-sharing case, Richard Whish QC said yesterday. Pallavi Guniganti at GCR Live 8th Annual Brussels Conference: The bigger picture

DG Comp state aid chief dispels “myths” about tax rulings

DG Comp state aid chief dispels “myths” about tax rulings

13 July 2016

The head of state aid at Europe’s competition watchdog yesterday said his agency’s concern about member states’ tax rulings centres on how they may diverge from what courts would seem to prescribe, but that his agency is not writing formal guidance for companies. Pallavi Guniganti at GCR Live 8th Annual Brussels Conference: The bigger picture

Huawei SEP ruling “essentially undemocratic”, UK barrister says

Huawei SEP ruling “essentially undemocratic”, UK barrister says

12 July 2016

Discussing the European Court of Justice’s decision on injunctive relief available to standard-essential patent holders, Robert O’Donoghue at Brick Court Chambers called the court-imposed procedural obligations in patent negotiations rigid, undemocratic and out of tune with “real world” SEP litigation. Sonya Lalli at GCR Live 8th Annual Brussels Conference: The Bigger Picture

DG Comp economist defends US FTC thinking on Staples/Office Depot

DG Comp economist defends US FTC thinking on Staples/Office Depot

11 July 2016

Intervening in deals that would harm large customers with specific requirements, even if they would still obtain better prices than other consumers after a merger, is not “difficult to accept,” a head of unit and member of the chief competition economist’s team at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition said today. Pallavi Guniganti at GCR Live 8th Annual Brussels Conference: The Bigger Picture

EU merger review “morphing” to US system, says Davies

EU merger review “morphing” to US system, says Davies

11 July 2016

Pointing to the European Commission’s clearance of Anheuser-Busch Inbev/SABMiller, John Davies at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer said the enforcer’s approach to merger review is shifting towards a US-like system in which burdensome document requests are required. Sonya Lalli at GCR Live 8th Annual Brussels Conference: The Bigger Picture

Ofcom official: UK internet infrastructure raises competition questions

Ofcom official: UK internet infrastructure raises competition questions

06 July 2016

While the UK's telecommunications regulator decides whether to separate incumbent operator BT’s internet infrastructure business from the rest of the company, industry experts warned yesterday that this may not be enough to boost competition and generate investment in the UK’s high-speed fibre optic network. Mark Briggs at GCR Live 5th Annual Telecoms, Media & Technology in London

“We don’t have enough people” for cartel and abuse cases, says CMA head

“We don’t have enough people” for cartel and abuse cases, says CMA head

05 July 2016

The acting chief executive of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority said today that the agency doesn’t have the staffing resources to tackle its current Competition Act caseload, due to the demands made by major market investigations. Tom Madge-Wyld at GCR Live 5th Annual Telecoms, Media & Technology in London

Senior CMA economist: be “wary of intervening” based on a single forecast

Senior CMA economist: be “wary of intervening” based on a single forecast

05 July 2016

Mike Walker, chief economic adviser to the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority, today said government should “take a hands-off approach” to mergers where harm from the deal is predicted to occur only if a particular set of events takes place. Pallavi Guniganti at GCR Live 5th Annual Telecoms, Media & Technology in London

Coscelli: Three/O2 confirms “reset” of telecoms merger control

Coscelli: Three/O2 confirms “reset” of telecoms merger control

05 July 2016

In his first speech as the acting chief executive of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority, Andrea Coscelli today praised the European Commission for reversing a trend of consolidation in telecoms markets, two months after it blocked a proposed tie-up between Three and O2. Tom Madge-Wyld at GCR Live 5th Annual Telecoms, Media & Technology in London

DG Comp’s mobile merger reviews need more nuance, says A&O partner

DG Comp’s mobile merger reviews need more nuance, says A&O partner

05 July 2016

Allen & Overy partner Kees Schillemans today said the European Commission should adopt a more nuanced approach when assessing mobile-to-mobile tie-ups to take into account the sector’s “data-centric” shift, as merging companies that drive competition may act differently in post-merger scenarios. Sonya Lalli at GCR Live 5th Annual Telecoms, Media & Technology in London