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For foreign company lawyers in the Netherlands to enjoy the same rights as Dutch company lawyers, the conditions for guaranteeing independence are identical.
The General Court of the European Court of Justice recently clarified the definition of independence in the legal profession and demonstrated how the viewpoint has evolved since the AM&S and Akzo Nobel decisions.
Contrary to popular belief, the act of prioritising long-term goals and engaging with stakeholders returns higher profits than otherwise feasible for these companies.
The case at hand concerned an investigation into potential cartel agreements between manufacturers, wholesalers, and major retailers in 2014.
“If there is a button for an American platform, there must be a button for a French platform.”
The eight points of recommendation on competition law include a point on legal privilege, an element that ECLA sees as inherent to the functioning of European corporate lawyers.
The investigation had three major components: transparency in the context of non-users; transparency in the context of users; and transparency in the context of sharing of user personal data between WhatsApp and its sister companies.