EU proposal to address foreign subsidies

On 5 May 2021, the European Commission issued its much anticipated proposed regulation on foreign subsidies distorting the EU market, which we summarised in our earlier blog post. If adopted in its current form, the proposed regulation could have a transformative impact and significantly increase the regulatory risk and burdens for foreign companies operating or … Read more

The Impact of Brexit and Origin Rules on Trade between Japan, the UK and the EU

At the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020, the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (“EU-Japan EPA”) ceased to apply to trade with the UK.  In anticipation of this change the UK and Japan signed on 23 October 2020 a “roll-over” or continuity trade agreement that largely mirrors the terms of the EU-Japan … Read more

The European Commission adopts White Paper on how to address foreign subsidies in the EU internal market

On 17 June 2020, the European Commission (“the Commission”) issued a “White Paper on levelling the playing field as regards foreign subsidies” (“the White Paper”), launching a public consultation on a number of ambitious and far reaching possible options and legal instruments to address distortions in the European Union’s (“EU”) internal market resulting from foreign … Read more

European Parliament approves EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements: EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement to enter into force on 1 August 2020

This article was originally published on 26 February 2020, but was updated on 8 July 2020 On 30 June 2019, the EU and Vietnam signed the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (“EU-Vietnam FTA“) and the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (“EU-Vietnam IPA“), concluding negotiations that began in 2012. The European Parliament gave consent to both agreements in … Read more

UK initiates its first “transition review” trade defence investigation: overview and further information on UK transitioned measures and associated reviews

On 10 February 2020, the UK initiated its first so-called “transition review” trade defence investigation. The investigation concerns EU anti-dumping duties imposed via Commission Implementing Regulation 2015/110 on certain welded tubes and pipes of iron or non-alloy steel originating in Belarus, China, and Russia. The current EU anti-dumping duties range from 10.1% to 90.6%.  They … Read more

2019 African competition law year in review

The below brief addresses a number of interesting developments that occurred in the competition space across Africa during the course of 2019. In South Africa, we consider the amendments to the Competition Act, the enforcement approach to the new buyer power and price discrimination provisions, outcomes of the market inquiries into private healthcare, the grocery … Read more