Global Competition Review EMEA Antitrust Review 2022 – HSF’s EU Merger Control chapter now available online

Members of the HSF Brussels competition team have written their annual chapter as a contribution to the latest edition of the highly-regarded Global Competition Review (GCR) EMEA Antitrust Review, which provides a comprehensive summary of key recent EU merger control developments. The chapter covers key jurisdictional, procedural and substantive developments in EU merger control from … Read more

EU Commission publishes draft revised VBER and Vertical Guidelines

On 9 July 2021, following a comprehensive consultation process, the EU Commission (Commission) published its proposals for a revised Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (Draft VBER) and Draft Vertical Guidelines, due to replace the current regime which expires on 31 May 2022. The previous evaluation steps (see here for more detail) identified a number of areas … Read more

A new dawn for cartel enforcement? Competition authorities across Europe resume unannounced dawn raid inspections

On 22 June 2021 the European Commission (“Commission”) revealed that it had carried out surprise inspections at the German premises of a company active in the clothing sector, suspected of infringing competition rules.  This was the first unannounced inspection, or “dawn raid”, conducted by the Commission since the COVID-19 pandemic first struck Europe in March … Read more

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

Commission publishes guidance on Article 22 referrals for transactions falling below national thresholds – New approach can impact pharma, tech and other deals involving start-ups or innovators

On 26 March 2021 the EU Commission (Commission) published revised guidance on the referral mechanism set out in Article 22 of the EU Merger Regulation (EUMR), under which the Commission will now accept referrals from Member States for deals that fall below the domestic jurisdictional thresholds of the referring country, in order to capture more … Read more