Keeping you up to date on Competition & EU law developments in Europe and beyond
This month we invite you to delve into the unique practices of merger control in Denmark, Finland and Sweden. Although these jurisdictions operate under similar principles to the European Merger Regulation, the process and enforcement styles vary significantly.
From Denmark's extensive information requirements to Finland's increased notifications due to a lowered local turnover threshold, and Sweden's pragmatic, less bureaucratic approach, you'll gain a comprehensive understanding of Nordic merger control in practice. The contentious issue of below-threshold mergers and disparities in merger filing fees across these countries further amplify the complexities.
To fully grasp these differences and learn about the potential impacts on your business, please read the full article authored by a team of our Nordics competition lawyers Petteri Metsä-Tokila, Morten Nissen and Maria Karpathakis.
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On 1 July 2023, the European Commission adopted and published the revised Horizontal Block Exemption Regulations (“HBERs”) on (i) research & development (R&D) agreements and (ii) specialisation agreements, accompanied by the revised Horizontal Guidelines.
Would you like to understand the main changes to this legislation, which governs cooperation agreements between competitors? Then please watch the recording of our webinar that took place on 14 September, in which our Bird & Bird Competition law experts Pauline Kuipers, Morten Nissen, Janneke Kohlen, Joerg Witting and Federico Marini Balestra discussed key aspects of the new rules that companies should consider when engaging in forms of cooperation with (potential) competitors, including:
21 September | 16:00 - 18:00 CEST
Bird & Bird Brussels office, Belgium
In this seminar, our Corporate, IP and Competition law experts Cedric Berckmans, Jean-Christophe Troussel, Baptist Vleeshouwers, Lisa Gius and Auriane Schokaert will shed light on the latest developments in Belgian contract law and the new opportunities they bring for tech-transfer, R&D and licensing agreements.
They will cover the full life cycle of tech-transfer, R&D and licensing contracts, starting with the negotiation and execution of the contract through to its termination. For each step, you will be guided through the recent updates to the Belgian Civil Code and their practical applications. In addition, you will understand the main aspects to look out for under competition law. Throughout the session, comparisons will be drawn with other jurisdictions, where relevant.
The 1.5-hour seminar will be followed by networking drinks.
26 - 29 September
Rome, Italy | WeGil - Largo Ascianghi 5
Bird & Bird is proud to be a partner of this unique four-day event in Rome focused on competition law, where participants will be able to gain a deeper understanding of specific antitrust issues through discussions, know-how sessions, networking events and much more.
On 28 September, our Rome-based Competition partner Dr. Federico Marini Balestra will moderate the plenary session Antitrust Enforcement, Industrial Concentration and Political Power with two prominent economists Andrea Prat, Professor of Business and Economics, Columbia University and Luigi Zingales, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Registration is free for companies and in-house counsel.
Others can receive a 20% Bird & Bird discount on the 3-Day pass by using the code LCF23TwoBirds when registering.
4 October 2023
Bird & Bird's International Sports Group is delighted to invite you to our third global annual 'Sports Day' webinar.
The agenda includes specialists from across our international offices (plus some special invited guests) delivering insightful sessions relevant to those working in the sports industry. Our Brussels based Competition partner Jose Rivas and London based Legal Director Dr Saskia King will deliver a session titled Competition Law update: general overview including the impact of the newly adopted Foreign Subsidies Regulation in the field of sport.
If you'd like to attend, please register for the event and you will receive a confirmation email with additional details.
5 - 6 October 2023
This training is addressed to staff of national competition authorities, lawyers in private practice and inhouse counsel dealing with competition law cases from all around Europe.
The seminar aims to provide a thorough update for competition law practitioners on the recent trends and developments in EU cartel enforcement.
Competition partner Pauline Kuipers will lead the workshop exercise: Unannounced inspections in the digital age - main issues and practical challenges on October 6th.
12 October 2023
Bird & Bird office, London
At our Retail & Consumer Annual Update event, you will gain the inside scoop on the latest legal developments in the Retail & Consumer sector from Bird & Bird and industry experts. We will be sharing insights to help you navigate the online and brand challenges facing your business, including online harms, privacy, selling and pricing practices and green claims, with a number of high-profile guest speakers.
You will also have the opportunity to enjoy drinks and canapés on the Eleventh floor of our London office, with panoramic views of the city.
Dr Saskia King, Legal Director in our Competition & EU group and former Legal Adviser at the Competition and Markets Authority, will provide insights into competition law developments relating to online selling, pricing, sustainability and consumer law enforcement. Click below to see the full programme.
16 - 19 October 2023
Fiesole (Florence), Italy and online
The Florence Competition Autumn School, held on the campus of EUI (European University Institute), is an advanced course on recent developments in competition policy in Europe, the USA and the rest of the world.
Our Brussels-based Counsel Baptist Vleeshowers will make sure you are aware of the latest developments in antitrust leniency applications and dawn raids with a presentation followed by an interactive group exercise of a dawn raid simulation.
19 - 20 October 2023
Fiesole (Florence), Italy and online
At this conference you will participate in an engaging conversation on the notion of 'equity' in EU competition policy and industry regulation within the digital sphere, alongside distinguished scholars, professionals, government officials, and business representatives.
Our Brussels-based competition partner Hein Hobbelen will join Panel V discussing Fairness in Platform – Business Users Relation and in Inter-Platforms Competition together with representatives from Meta, NERA and the Austrian Federal Competition Authority.
29 October - 3 November 2023
The International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Conference is one of the world's leading global events for legal professionals, fostering knowledge sharing, networking, and business growth. It promotes international law's role in society and offers top-notch professional development opportunities. This event, open to both members and non-members of the IBA, welcomes legal practitioners, in-house counsel, judges, regulators, and more from over 130 countries, creating a dynamic forum for learning, networking, and forging enduring professional and personal connections.
Bird & Bird competition partner Hein Hobbelen, who also holds the position of IBA's Diversity and Inclusion Officer and sits on the Communications Law Committee, will co-chair the session Digital market act and digital service act: a blueprint for global digital regulation.
We are pleased to announce that the following members of our Competition & EU law team have been recognised in the Who’s Who Legal (WWL): Competition 2023 guide.
Anne Federle – Thought leader and Global leader for Competition
Dr. Jörg Witting – Global leader for Competition and State Aid and National Leader for Competition in Germany
Jose Rivas – Global leader for Competition and State aid
Hein Hobbelen – Global leader for Competition
Pauline Kuipers – Global leader for Competition
Peter Willis – Competition - Plaintiff
Nicola Ceraolo – National Leader for Competition in Italy
Our competition experts Peter Willis and Saskia King, with colleagues Sally Shorthose, Chris de Mauny and Pieter Miguel Erasmus, have authored the UK chapter for The Pharmaceutical Intellectual Property and Competition Law Review. The chapter provides a practical overview of pharmaceutical intellectual property issues, including patent linkage and exclusivities, and related competition concerns, as well as an analysis of the relevant legal and regulatory issues.