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  • Most Favoured Nation clauses in an online context

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

  • Pfizer fined a record amount for abuse of dominant position involving excessive pricing

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    Submitted: 08 December 2016

    The CMA has imposed a record £82.4m fine on Pfizer and a £5.2m fine on Flynn Pharma after finding that both abused a dominant position.

  • Interim findings of the FCA’s asset management market study

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    Submitted: 06 December 2016

    FCA focuses on lack of fund governance, price competition and transparency, as well as recommending a market investigation into the investment advisory services market.

  • Enforcement Bites: Contentious regulatory update - December 2016 Restricted access

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    Submitted: 05 December 2016

    Our latest newsletter on contentious regulatory matters.​

  • Private enforcement in the Netherlands: an update

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    Submitted: 01 December 2016

    With the deadline for the implementation of the Directive on antitrust damages actions nearing, the Dutch courts have ruled in two recent judgments on the passing-on defence, the effects of settlement agreements and disclosure of evidence in private antitrust damages cases.

  • EU Ministers agree geo-blocking Regulation compromise text after “live” negotiation

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    Submitted: 29 November 2016

    On 28 November 2016, EU ministers agreed a compromise text for the proposed geo-blocking Regulation. Significantly, the compromise text makes some important clarifications to the rules set out in the draft Regulation.

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