Competition and EU



The Lawyer Awards 2016: transactional teams

Slaughter and MayCompetition team of the year   The award-winning Slaughter and May competition team won an advisory spot last year on a groundbreaking appeal in the electricity and gas sector. The firm advised Northern Powergrid as it lodged an appeal to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) against Ofgem’s decision to modify the electricity […]

Clive Freedman, 7KBW

Star legal writers: regulatory and competition

This week’s top briefings writers from cover the regulatory and competition sectors, including how philanthropic fundraising through crowdfunding can clash with insurance claims, new UK public procurement rules, and Ukraine sanctions law.


Briefing live: Romania

Panellists at The Lawyer’s recent Romania briefing heard much to encourage them to get involved in the country When it comes to investing in Romania there’s no time like the present, according to panellists at The Lawyer’s recent Briefing Live event on the country, held in association with Popovici Nitu & Asociatii. The watchword was […]

Deirdre Trapp

Freshfields’ competition team still sets the pace in spite of market shift

Magic circle firm’s ACT dept refuses to play second fiddle to corporate. By Gavriel Hollander Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s antitrust, competition and trade (ACT) team has, it is fair to say, stood head and shoulders above its UK rivals for some time. But with merger control not the lucrative stream it once was, this might be the […]

Featured Briefings

Slovenia: Food supply chain – changes to the menu

Following an examination by the Competition Protection Agency regarding unfair trading practices in the food supply chain (for further information please see “Unfair trading practices in food supply chain examined”), the government drafted a proposal to amend and supplement the Agriculture Act. The proposal contained some major changes to the food supply sector. Parliament accepted […]

Proposal to ban unfair trading practices in the food supply chain

On 12 April 2018, the European Commission published its proposal for a Directive on unfair trading practices (UTP) in business-to-business relationships in the food supply chain. The aim of the proposal is to reduce the occurrence of UTPs in the food supply chain by introducing a minimum common standard of protection across the EU…

Competition body secures real estate agent director disqualifications

By Simon Barnes, Angela Gregson and Louisa Mottaz On Tuesday 10 April, the UK competition regulator, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that it secured the disqualification of two directors of the Abbott and Frost Estate Agents Ltd in Burnham­-on­-Sea for breaching competition law. The disqualification follows the investigation into anti­competitive agreements between six real […]

CMA to be appointed as post-Brexit UK State aid regulator

The Government has indicated that it intends to appoint the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) as a newly appointed regulator to monitor State aid enforcement following Brexit. The appointment was detailed in a letter from the Minister for Small Businesses, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, Andrew Griffiths, to Lord Whitty, the Chair of the House of Lord’s EU […]

Montenegrin Competition Agency takes over state aid control

As of recently, state aid control is a part of the Montenegrin Competition Agency’s (the “Agency”) scope of authority. The Montenegrin Parliament enacted a new State Aid Control Law (the “State Aid Law”), largely aligned with the EU legal framework – especially with Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU…

Bulgaria: Commission recommends amendments to the energy act

On 8 February 2018, the Bulgarian Competition Protection Commission (“CPC”) issued a Decision in a Competition Advocacy proceeding initiated in 2017 for the assessment of conformity with Competition law of the legal framework applicable to heat energy supply legislation. The Competition Advocacy proceeding analyzed the respective sections of the Energy Act (“EA”), the Heat Energy […]

Croatian gas market reform continues in 2018

The new Gas Market Act came into force on 3 March 2018 (Zakon o tržištu plina, with the primary aim of regulating the rights and obligations of participants in the Croatian gas market pursuant to the Third Gas Directive (2009/73/EC). In short, the Croatian gas market was legally liberalised in 2008, and de facto opened in the […]

Croatia: New unfair trading act

Over the past few years, European and national institutions have warned about the negative effects of unfair trading practices in the supply chain. In order to tackle these and regulate the risk of abuse, several countries have enacted distinct trade laws. Croatia recently followed suit by adopting a new Act on the Prohibition of Unfair […]

Bulgarian Competition commission banking sector inquiry

The Competition Protection Commission (CPC) sector inquiry will focus on the competitiveness and transparency in the banking sector and the conditions of banking services in Bulgaria. The CPC will review any existing barriers preventing customers to switch to another bank for provision of a specific service, the possible product tying (i.e. binding / bundled sales), and other […]

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