Antitrust & Merger Control

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  • The FCA’s evolving competition agenda

    Article

    Submitted: 23 March 2017

    Whilst it has taken some time for the FCA’s policy, approach and expertise in this area to evolve, we are starting to see its teeth as the newest competition authority on the block.

  • UK implements the Damages Directive

    Article

    Submitted: 21 March 2017

    Regulations implementing the EU Damages Directive in the UK are now in force.

  • EURIBOR investigation closed but financial services remain in the spotlight Restricted access

    Article

    Submitted: 27 February 2017

    The European Commission has confirmed it has more work to do in the financial services sector, despite the recent closure of the EURIBOR cartel investigation.

  • Belgian Competition Authority rejects request to suspend the Bosteels acquisition by AB InBev

    Article

    Submitted: 15 February 2017

    Belgian Competition Authority defines scope for review of concentrations that fail to meet the merger control thresholds.

  • Simmons & Simmons responds to Commission's consultation on EU merger control regime

    Article

    Submitted: 13 February 2017

    Simmons & Simmons has voiced its ideas and concerns in response to the Commission’s public consultation on the functioning of certain procedural and jurisdictional aspects of EU merger control.

  • Most Favoured Nation clauses in an online context

    Article

    Submitted: 05 January 2017

    ​In a decision of 07 November 2016, the Belgian Competition Authority has closed its investigation against real estate website operator Immoweb regarding the “Most Favoured Nation” clauses in its contracts with developers of software for real estate agencies.

  • Belgian Post acquisition approved subject to remedies

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    Submitted: 05 January 2017

    ​On 08 November 2016, the Belgian Competition Authority conditionally cleared the proposed acquisition of AMP and LS Distribution Benelux by bpost, the incumbent, Belgian postal services provider.

  • State Aid and selectivity in tax cases Restricted access

    Article

    Submitted: 23 December 2016

    In a decision that may play an important role in the forthcoming review of the Commission’s decisions on tax rulings, the ECJ has held that tax measures which are not aimed at any particular business or activity but derogate from the general scheme of taxation in a Member State in a discriminatory manner may amount to illegal State Aid.

  • Terms of Reference for Mortgage Market Study published by FCA

    Article

    Submitted: 22 December 2016

    The FCA’s Mortgage Market Study focuses on the information available to consumers and key relationships between industry participants which might impact consumers.

  • BaFin postpones decision on ban sales of credit-linked notes Restricted access

    Article

    Submitted: 16 December 2016

    ​In an immediate response to the proposed ban of the sale of credit-linked notes to retail clients set out in a consultation paper of the BaFin key German finance market associations have published “self-binding principles” for the issuance of such products to address. As a reaction to the self-restriction of the main market participants, BaFin has postponed the proposed prohibition by at least a half year.

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