Keeping you up to date on Competition & EU law developments in Europe and beyond
From abuse of dominance to abuse of rights: the last resort tool to apply Article 102
The relevance of “abuses of rights” under EU competition law emerges when a set of otherwise lawful conducts, if taken together in light of their alleged instrumental nature, is such as to constitute an abuse of dominant position pursuant to Article 102 TFEU. In other words, an “abuse of rights” may occur when a series of “lawful behaviours” are bent to the pursuit of an
anti-competitive purpose by a dominant undertaking.
In recent years, “abuse of right” allegations have been more frequently emerging in both EU and national competition law cases. This article explores this relevant case-law with a view to assess the consequences of the enforcement of Article 102 TFEU and the practical risks and implications for undertakings holding a dominant position.
EU Chips Act proposal - what you need to know
The EU presents plan to strengthen Europe's semiconductor industry.
For more information contact Lluís Girbau Cabanas
ACCC publishes its first report on ex post reviews of past merger decisions
Competition in Digital Platform Services - ACCC Digital Platform Services Inquiry - No.5 Interim ReportThomas Jones, Sophie Dawson, Julie Cheeseman or Matthew Bovaird
Belgium implements ECN+ Directive and amends the competition rules for the third time in as many years
European Commission rejects Czech mobile access proposals based on a finding of joint
Danish car dealer association runs red light boycotting a digital platform
The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority publishes updated guidelines on the application of the Finnish Competition Act in leniency cases
For more information contact Katia Duncker
The French Competition Authority fines EDF and several of its subsidiaries €300million after a settlement procedure for abuse of dominant position
Big data in e-commerce: lack of consumer awareness and no competitive disadvantage
Dutch regulator actively facilitating sustainability developments
UOKiK probes software-enabled exchange of strategic information between pharmaceutical wholesalers
CNMC fines the Spanish National Postal Company EUR 32.6 million for abuse of its dominant position
For more information contact Candela Sotes
The Draft VABEO is finally published – the new competition law regime for supply chain agreements
Thursday 19 May | 13:00 - 20:00 CET
Zoom + Bird & Bird office
Avenue Louise 235 - 1050 Brussels
This seminar, organised in collaboration with the Florence Competition Programme of the European University Institute (EUI), will bring together academics, practitioners, officials from national governments and EU institutions, and industry representatives, to debate the role of economic analysis in EU competition policy.
Did you miss our EU Data Act webinar? Watch the replay to learn the key elements of this far-reaching legislative proposal, as well as its interplay with competition law and data protection law.
In this webinar organised by the Financial Services Club (Z/Yen Group), our London-based Competition & EU legal director Dr Saskia King covered the following points in relation to financial services and UK competition law.
Monday 8 - Friday 12 August 2022
Downing College, Cambridge, UK
Competition & EU partners Peter Willis and Anne Federle will present at the Informa Connect EU Competition Law Summer School, covering the topics of mergers and hard core cartels.
Competition & EU Partner Thomas Oster authored the France chapter for the 15 edition of The Private Competition Enforcement Review published by The Law Reviews.
Our London-based Legal Director Anthony Rosen with the assistance of Amy Donlevey recently published a TMT practice note titled The UK’s Digital Markets Competition regime. The note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
Lexis PSL (Lexis Professional Support Lawyer) provides lawyers with current legal information briefings that are applied to
particular areas of practice
We are delighted to congratulate our Rome-based partner Federico Marini Balestra for his appointment as the independent expert assisting the European Economic and Social Committee rapporteur on the EU Chips Act. He will assist the rapporteur, Professor Maurizio Mensi, in drafting the EESC opinion on the legislative draft.
For more information contact Federico Marini Balestra