September 2016

  • Flexible Thresholds for European Merger Control…And More?

    Sir Philip Lowe hosted the breakfast round-table that FTI Consulting organised in Brussels on 13 September 2016 with the theme “Flexible Thresholds for European Merger Control…and more?”. We were privileged to be joined for the discussion by Carles Esteva Mosso, Deputy Director-General for Mergers at the European Commission who provided us with his insights. A…

  • Multilateral Deals In A World of Non-Convergence

    Sir Philip Lowe addressed the theme of “120 Merger regimes: Multinational deals in a world of non-convergence: US, EU, Brazil, China…” at the GWU-Concurrences Conference in Washington on 19 September 2016. This snapshot is a redacted version of Sir Philip’s introductory speech in which he reviews the goal of global convergence in the treatment of…

  • The E-Commerce Sector Inquiry At A Glance

    Earlier this month, the European Commission published the preliminary findings of its e-commerce sector inquiry launched in May 2015 as part of its Digital Single Market strategy. The objective of the sector inquiry was to obtain an understanding of the market and to gather evidence on potential barriers to competition linked to the growth of…

  • Effective Crisis Communications During Restructuring – The Belgian Example

    More than 4,000 jobs were lost over the last two weeks in Belgium. That is the sad tally of a series of announcements since 01 September that has seen eleven multinationals announce job losses, the end of operations, or file for bankruptcy in Belgium. The decision to restructure is neither easy nor taken lightly, and…

  • Rules of Engagement – European Commission Publishes Its Long Awaited Telecom Reform Package

    A previous UK Prime Minister once remarked that a week was a long time in politics. By this reckoning, this summer has been an absolute lifetime. But while the geo-political machinations of the ongoing Brexit debate have dominated the headlines, Brussels day to day business has continued. Yesterday saw the publication of the Commission’s long-awaited telecom review. It…

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