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

Poland: Recent competition developments in merger control field

Merger control is one of the Polish Office for Competition and Consumer Protection’s (OCCP’s) main areas of activity, as it deals with 170 to 220 filings annually. Recent notable developments in this regard include: a case concerning the Nord Stream 2 project; and the unconditional approval of Cyfrowy Polsat’s takeover of Netia…

Portugal: Competition and the right to compensation for damages

Act 23/2018, establishing the legal framework on the right to compensation for damages from infringements of competition law, was published on 5 June 2018. This legislative act transposes into Portuguese law the Directive 2014/104/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 26 November 2014, which established common rules to all Member States on […]

Messi scores important victory in longrunning EU trademark dispute

The General Court of the European Union ruled that the Barcelona and Argentina football star Lionel Andrés Messi, can register his European Union trade mark (EUTM) application for ‘MESSI’ in classes 3, 9, 14, 16, 25 and 28 (covering a wide range of products including fragrances, jewellery, clothing and sports equipment) notwithstanding an opposition led […]

Louboutin sees red – in a good way

By Gary Assim The European Court of Justice (ECJ) gave its judgment on the question of whether the Louboutin trademark for its red sole could be invalidated because it consisted exclusively of the shape of the sole and was not a colour mark. The ECJ, in a rare move, ruled against the previous Opinion of […]

Bulgaria: CPC deems minimum hotel accommodation prices anti-competitive

The Ministry of Tourism recently proposed the introduction of minimum prices for sites categorised as ‘accommodation places’. In Decision 529/10.05.2018, the Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC) opined on the proposal’s compliance with competition rules. The CPC held that setting minimum prices for accommodation places would limit price competition between hotels. Minimum prices cannot guarantee…

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Competition law after Brexit and the CMA’s plan for Manchester office

Andrea Coscelli, CEO of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has indicated that the UK competition law regulator may step closer to regional businesses with plans to open an office in Manchester. This move is partly in anticipation of the increased workload Brexit is likely to generate for the regulator and partly because of a […]

What to expect from Portuguese gaming regulator’s consultation

By Tiago Bessa The Portuguese gaming regulator opened a consultation into the country’s online gaming regulations in January, with an update on the market to be presented to Government by the end of May. With the report looming, what changes can we expect to see to the country’s regulations?

An overview of competition law in Angola

The Competition Law was published on 10 may and it establishes the set of principles and rules that govern competition in Angola (“Competition Law”). The Competition Law applies to a wide group of entities including state and private companies, groups of companies, cooperatives, and business associations, among others. The Law covers economic activities carried on […]

CMA launches competition review of the funerals sector

By Simon Barnes  The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a market study into funeral services. A market study allows the CMA to investigate whether a given market is working well for consumers and to identify any further action that may be appropriate to address any issues that it uncovers. In the context of […]

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