Region: Europe

CMA appoints new head of mergers division

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has appointed David Stewart to replace Andrea Gomes da Silva as its executive director of mergers and markets.

08 October 2021

Kirkland & Ellis promotes in London

Kirkland & Ellis has promoted competition lawyers Athina Van Melkebeke and Philipp Gnatzy to the partnership in London.

08 October 2021

EU official outlines alternatives to new Article 22 position

The European Commission considered adopting value-based thresholds or introducing a voluntary merger notification system instead of accepting below-threshold referrals, the agency’s deputy-director of mergers has disclosed.

07 October 2021

CAT orders Google class action claim to proceed in the UK

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has ruled that a class action claim against Google can proceed in the UK and will include the technology company’s businesses in the US and Ireland.

06 October 2021

Italy accepts remedies to end anti-fraud platform probe

Italy’s Competition Authority has dropped an investigation into an insurance industry group’s anti-fraud tool after the association promised to give non-members access and prevent the sharing of sensitive information.

06 October 2021

Banasevic leaves DG Comp for Gibson Dunn

Nicholas Banasevic will leave the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition after over 20 years to join Gibson Dunn & Crutcher – becoming the third high-profile official this year to announce a move into private practice.

05 October 2021

French president turns down de Silva’s reappointment as antitrust chief

Isabelle de Silva is stepping down as head of France’s Competition Authority when her mandate expires next week after President Emmanuel Macron unexpectedly decided not to support her second term.

05 October 2021

UK partner trio departs Quinn Emanuel to launch Willkie Farr litigation team

Boris Bronfentrinker, Elaine Whiteford and Nicola Chesaites will leave Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan to begin a new competition litigation team at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in London.

05 October 2021

Last tickets remaining for GCR merger control conference in Brussels

Tickets are still available for GCR Live: Merger Control in Brussels on Thursday, which features enforcers past and present from the United States and Europe.

04 October 2021

UK open banking chair resigns as CMA oversight failures slammed

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is partly to blame for the failings in governance at the open banking regulator it oversees, which in turn had a “culture of bullying and intimidation”, an independent report has concluded.

04 October 2021

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