Region: European Union

Andrea Lofaro, 1972-2020

The global antitrust community is mourning the loss of RBB Economics partner Andrea Lofaro, who passed away last week aged 48.

11 December 2020

EU claimants’ bar

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Claimant firms across Europe are advising companies in a seemingly ever-growing list of follow-on claims, including against companies that participated in the Trucks and Forex cartels.

11 December 2020

Sims: enforcers can learn from Asian counterparts on digital issues

Western enforcers should pay more attention to how agencies in Asia are fighting the anticompetitive conduct of large technology companies, the head of Australia’s competition authority has said.

08 December 2020

PwC snags partner from Willkie Farr

Susanne Zuehlke is leaving Willkie Farr & Gallagher’s Brussels office to reboot PwC’s antitrust team in her hometown of Berlin.

07 December 2020

New competition tool will be “more targeted” than CMA powers, Vestager says

The European Commission’s new competition tool will be less powerful than the UK antitrust enforcer’s market investigations regime, EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has said.

07 December 2020

EU seeks collaboration with Biden administration on digital markets

The European Commission is calling on President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration to revamp transatlantic dialogue to strengthen antitrust enforcement in digital markets.

03 December 2020

Goodwin, Quinn Emanuel and Wachtell advise on Salesforce/Slack deal

Goodwin Procter and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan are advising Slack on antitrust issues related to its $27.7 billion sale to Salesforce.com, while the cloud-based software company has turned to Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz for competition counsel.

03 December 2020

FDI screening mechanism will lead to “bedlam”, EU lawyers say

Practitioners have warned that the European Commission’s new screening mechanism for foreign direct investment is likely to become “log jammed” as the authority balances it with merger control and potential foreign subsidy reviews.

02 December 2020

Forex claimants secure convicted ex-trader as expert

Courts in London and New York have allowed claimants seeking antitrust damages from banks accused of rigging foreign exchange rates to use former Barclays trader-turned-whistleblower Jason Katz as a consultant.

02 December 2020

Amnesty International: Google’s data dominance poses human rights risks

Amnesty International has urged the European Commission to examine alleged human rights risks associated with Google’s $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit, but experts warn that such an assessment is outside the enforcer’s competition law remit.

30 November 2020

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