Competition

  • EU competition law to be bolstered by national antitrust powers

    EU’s competition chief Commissioner Vestager says that competition law is enforced in an inconsistent manner by the 28 national antitrust watchdogs. Legislation might be the means to solve this issue for which a public consultation was launched on 4 November 2015. Commissioner Vestager explained her concerns on 9 November 2015 to the European Parliament. National competition regulators co-enforce…

  • The e-commerce ‘hard data’ sector inquiry by the more ‘open-minded’ DG COMP

    If you had been in Brussels over the last few weeks, you will have witnessed an unusual phenomenon. Special envoys from the heart of competition enforcement in Brussels have been sallying out, rather like an evangelising force, carrying the good news of open engagement on a sector inquiry. Witness therefore a number of events in…

  • Florange law one year on: French companies’ response

    The ‘Florange law’ was designed to reclaim the real economy in an attempt to shore up France’s  interests against hostile takeovers. However it has been circumvented by many French companies and has somewhat annoyed investors. Between the state’s objective to prevent hostile bidding and the reality of the M&A market in France, is this law…

  • E-commerce sector inquiry finally launched

    On the same day as the Digital Single Market package was announced, the EU competition watchdog, Commissioner Vestager, launched the long awaited e-commerce sector inquiry that companies from all sectors and industries were waiting for with bated breath. FTI Consulting Brussels’ competition team already published a snapshot exploring the background of the Commission’s e-commerce sector…

  • E-COMMERCE SECTOR INQUIRY

    The Competition Commissioner has a Danish TV subscription and she said on 9 April: “When I am abroad I get a message saying ‘Sorry the content can only be watched from within Denmark.’ ” This is one example of her concern about geoblocking and why she is interested in breaking down barriers to e-commerce.  In…

  • Our office is growing!

    It’s been an exciting start to the year here in Brussels with the addition of seven new team members to strengthen our Competition, Trade and Financial Services practices. The additions include senior professionals from within the European Commission including Massimo Baldinato, John Clancy, Kyra Obolensky and Roeland Van der Stappen as Senior Directors, Robrecht Vandormael…

  • European Commission 2014-2019

    On the 1st November, the 2014-2019 European Commission took office. The new structure, that has been shaped by President Jean-Claude Juncker, consists of seven Vice-Presidents who will steer and coordinate the work of twenty Commissioners. The below overview demonstrates the distribution of responsibilities among the Vice-Presidents and the Commissioners as well as the Heads of…

  • Through the front door – the need to manage competition investigations

    While at the International Bar Association conference in Tokyo recently I found myself, not for the first time, having to explain what it is I do for a living. When I was a competition lawyer it was easy: I advised on competition law. When I was at the Office of Fair Trading it was easy:…

  • Juncker shakes up the Commission

    Last week, the next European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, unveiled his new team of 27 Commissioners and their portfolios. Juncker presented a strong line-up with many new faces including former Prime Ministers, experienced Ministers and nine female Commissioners, aligned to his promise #10ormore. In light of this, we take a closer look at the allocation…

  • What a difference ten years make!

    Claire Harris on DG Competition’s increasing tendency to settle without sanction

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