The United Kingdom has appealed against a European Commission decision finding it granted illegal state aid to several multinational companies.
Telefónica overcharged rival operators for wholesale access to a premium sports channel, breaking commitments agreed when it bought competitor Distribuidora de Television Digital in 2015, Spain’s competition authority has said.
Cooley has continued its Brussels expansion with the addition of special counsel Stella Sarma from Latham & Watkins.
On 1 May 2019, the significant impediment to effective competition (SIEC) test pursuant to article 2(2) and (3) of the EU Merger Regulation celebrated its 15th anniversary. While its original intention was to catch certain “gap” cases, over the course of 15 years the European Commission has expanded the use of the SIEC test significantly beyond the legislature’s original intention.
The European Commission is aware of the “heavy burden” it places on companies to provide internal documents during a merger review, an official at the competition enforcer has said while pointing to how this can help to clear deals.
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