Competition and EU

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Clifford Chance replenishes antitrust ranks with GE hire

Following the exit of partner Jenine Hulsmann last month, Clifford Chance has gone in-house to bolster its antitrust team in the City. The firm has hired Sue Hinchliffe, the former global executive counsel for competition law and policy at General Electric. She joins the magic circle firm later this month. Hinchcliffe has been at GE […]

Brussels

Kirkland follows Simpson Thacher with Brussels launch

Kirkland & Ellis has launched a competition-focused Brussels office as part of its post-Brexit strategy. The US firm has opened doors in the Belgian city in a bid to handle cases before the European Commission and courts, especially when it comes to merger control. It is understood that the office will be led by London […]

Crowell hires from Simmons for new City hire

Crowell & Moring has boosted its City offering with a competition recruit from Simmons & Simmons. Longstanding Simmons partner Peter Broadhurst moves across to the Washington-headquartered firm. His hire comes a month after Crowell gained two partners and four associates in London through its merger with New York boutique Kibbe & Orbe. They are made […]

Freshfields nabs Linklaters trade expert in Government work drive

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired a Government trade adviser as part of the firm’s plans to scale up its London capabilities post-Brexit. The magic circle firm has attracted Linklaters senior consultant Lorand Bartels, who is also a specialist adviser to the UK House of Commons Select Committee on International Trade. The hire was pursued by […]

Dublin

Hogan Lovells is latest firm to launch in Dublin

Hogan Lovells has opened its 17th European office in Dublin, becoming the latest international firm to set up a base in the Republic of Ireland. The new office will initially focus on financial regulatory and antitrust. London-based competition partner Christopher Hutton has been appointed as the Dublin managing partner. A number of competition and regulatory […]

Analysis

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 TheLawyer.com 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.

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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

Bulgaria: CPC fines Kaufland for abuse of superior bargaining position

The Commission for the Protection of Competition (CPC) fined retail chain Kaufland Bulgaria Lev343,417 (approximately €175,000) for abuse of a superior bargaining position. The fine was requested by alcohol producer Keti-94 Ltd – Plovdiv. The fine’s amount is 7% of Kaufland’s net revenues from the sale of the products subject to the violation for 2019. […]

Balancing fear and greed: Does an expansion of the UK foreign direct investment rules beckon?

By Bernardine Adkins, Sean Giles In 2018, new measures were introduced to expand the scope of government intervention in mergers. This year, the government’s briefing note accompanying the Queen’s Speech proposes new rules on investment screening. What does this mean for business? Our experts examine the existing UK foreign direct investment rules, and explain what any […]

Fiduciary management: Improvement through competition?

Have you ever considered using fiduciary management services? Does your scheme have a fiduciary manager? Are you considering appointing or replacing a fiduciary manager? If so, you should already be considering the implications of the Competition and Markets Authority’s final report into the investment consultants market. The new requirements arise from concerns around the operation of the […]

Portugal: European Competition Law Review Issue 5

European Competition Law Review provides an update of developments in EU law and the national laws of EU Member States, as well as the other major trading nations for the competition or antitrust lawyer. Issue 5 has contributions from Ana Keri and Piedade Castro e Sousa…

UK and Germany – A new post-Brexit partnership

For decades, Germany has been one of the biggest foreign investors in the UK. While the British love to talk about their ‘special relationship’ with the United States, there is now every chance that, in a post-Brexit world, Germany will become the UK’s new priority…

Amendment to Czech Copyright Act – the effect on businesses

…One of the main purposes of the new legislative framework is to implement Directive 2014/26/EU on collective management of copyright and related rights and multi-territorial licensing of rights in musical works for online use in the internal market. The amendment also responds to some practical issues in relation to the licensing of copyrighted works, and […]

Big changes to Austrian competition law

On 6 April 2017, the Austrian Parliament adopted significant amendments to Austrian competition law. The amendments concern three main areas: (i) implementation of the EU Damages Directive; (ii) introduction of an additional transaction value test in merger control; and (iii) certain adjustments to strengthen public enforcement of antitrust infringements…

UK trade policy in the New Trump Order

A major plank of Trump’s candidacy was that of trade protection of US industry. Contrast that with the situation in the UK, where the current UK government continues to promote a free and open trade policy. It is not surprising, therefore, that little consideration in post-(hard) Brexit discussions has been given to the future of […]

Enforcing foreign judgments in Switzerland – a Q&A

Dieter A Hofmann and Oliver M Kunz Treaties Is your country party to any bilateral or multilateral treaties for the reciprocal recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments? What is the country’s approach to entering into these treaties and what if any amendments or reservations has your country made to such treaties? Switzerland is party to […]