Antitrust & Competition Law

In most Western jurisdictions, competition laws are designed to promote the existence of competition within the respective markets. Regulators are tasked with reigning in anti-competitive conduct by companies in order to prevent cartels and monopolies.

European Union competition law is established under Articles 101 to 109 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, in addition to a series of Regulations, the most notable being Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2003 regarding the implementation of competition law rules and Commission Regulation (EU) No 651/2014, more generally known as the General block exemption Regulation.

The EU is competent in four main areas: cartels, abuse of dominance, mergers, and state aid. The main authority for enforcing competition rules in the EU rests with DG Competition of the European Commission, currently headed by Commissioner Margrethe Vestager.

ECJ: Parties not directly affected by actions of a cartel may claim compensation for losses incurred

New ECJ ruling gives increased protection to parties affected by anticompetitive behaviour

EU ministers reject ‘name-and-shame’ policy for tax-avoiding companies

The Member States are split in finding an amicable resolution in ensuring proper tax payments by such multinational companies

European court ruling defines Commission’s scope in forcing countries to recover illegal tax benefits

The decision may well influence the Commission’s strategy in competition law

cryptocurrency and bank notes together
Will Facebook’s cryptocurrency take off?

Concerns have been raised in Europe and America over Facebook’s ambitious plan to introduce a cryptocurrency

Airbus-Boeing Dispute Nearing An End

The bitter altercation has already been ongoing for the past 15 years

UK competition authority wants changes to Big Four

The Competition and Markets’ Authority has called for legislation to overhaul the auditing business, namely concerning the Big Four.

The merger would have distorted competition in the Single Market
Siemens-Alstom merger: Where competition law and politics clash

The merger has raised some questions with regards to the modernity of the European antitrust rules.

The decision might have far-reaching consequences for Facebook's operations in Europe
German antitrust regulator lashes out at Facebook

The order by the Federal Cartel Office might have far-reaching effects in how Facebook manages its operations in Europe

The year 2019 will be a defining year for the EU
EU policy and legal developments in 2019

With the European Parliament elections on the horizon, 2019 will be full of challenges to overcome for the European Union.

Investor Activism – the underestimated threat
Investor activism The underestimated threat Activist investors, who have primarily operated in the U.S. in…

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