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US/EU: Big Tech & regulators in 2020

2020 will likely see a race between big tech companies - particularly Google, Facebook, and Amazon - and the regulators that are...
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EU: Competition reform a “top priority” says Vestager

Europe's competition head, Margrethe Vestager has said reforming EU competition law is a major priority for Brussels and could help accelerate the...
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EU: AbbVie-Allergan US$63B deal cleared

The European Commission approved AbbVie's merger with Allergan on the condition the companies sell off Allergan's late-stage IL-23 inhibitor brazikumab. That stipulation...
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EU: Commission chief calls for smart agreements with China

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday, January 8, she would welcome smart and sensible agreements that could be...

The Commission’s Burden of Proof in Article 101(1) TFEU: Evidentiary Shortcuts...

By Pieter Van Cleynenbreugel (Université de Liège)1   Case C-593/18 P, ABB Ltd. and ABB AB v. European Commission, EU:C:2019:1027 On November 28, 2019, the Seventh Chamber...

EU: New Director General at DG Comp

Olivier Guersent, who is currently Director General of DG FISMA (financial stability and capital markets), will be the new Director General at...

EU: Finance Minister refuses to accept private digital currencies

EU finance ministers came to an agreement on Thursday, December 5, that digital currencies like Facebook’s Libra have no place in the...
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EU: EC approves the acquisition of Cattierite Holdings by Umicore

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of Cattierite Holdings Coöperatief of the Netherlands by Umicore of...
EUROPEAN COMPETITION LAW: ENFORCEMENT OR REGULATION AFTER INTEL?

Austria: BWB publishes position paper on debate about European champions

In February 2019 the European Commission blocked the planned acquisition of Alstom by Siemens as the merger would have harmed competition. Soon...
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EU: Lobby group worries over UK Steel deal

Europe’s steel lobby group has asked the European Commission to investigate the takeover of British Steel by China’s Jingye over concerns it...

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