Cartel Intel – interview with FTI Consulting Senior Managing Director Ashley Brickles

In advance of the next edition of Cartel Intel, Brussels Partner Daniel Vowden sat down with Ashley Brickles, Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, to discuss the changed nature of dawn raid inspections, the new tools and technologies available to antitrust authorities, and the precautions businesses should sensibly be taking to mitigate risks and maximise … Read more

HSF contributes Cartel definition to first edition of Concurrences Global Dictionary of Competition Law

Our Brussels team has contributed a definition and commentary on Cartel Enforcement, which forms part of the first Global Dictionary of Competition Law launched by Concurrences. This is the first dictionary dedicated to competition and antitrust law worldwide, brought together under the direction of editors Deborah Healey (University of New South Wales), William Kovacic (UK … Read more

General Court endorses Commission’s revised approach to review transactions below EU and national mergers thresholds via Article 22 EUMR referrals

In its judgment of 13 July 2022 the General Court endorsed the EU Commission’s revised approach to Article 22 EU Merger Regulation (EUMR) referrals as set out in its March 2021 Guidance.  The case relates to an appeal brought by Illumina against the Commission’s decision to accept the referral by the French competition authority of … Read more

EU Reaches Agreement on Foreign Subsidies Regulation – New Regime to Enter into Force Next Year

The EU has reached political agreement in relation to the much-anticipated foreign subsidies regulation (the “Regulation”), which should become operational next year. The Regulation essentially creates a new subsidy control regime for third country subsidies affecting the EU market and has the potential to significantly increase the regulatory risk and burdens for foreign companies operating … Read more

GCR EMEA Antitrust Review 2023 – HSF’s EU Merger Control update now available online

Members of the 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 June … Read more

CRTea Podcast Series – Episode 3: EU and UK merger control – the evolving landscape and shifting sands

In our latest episode focusing on merger control in the EU and UK, Marcel Nuys (Partner, Dusseldorf), Francesca Morra (Partner, Milan), Peter Rowland (Of Counsel, Brussels) and Natalia Rodriguez (Of Counsel, London) explore key developments of interest to businesses engaged in M&A activity. They discuss updates to the European Commission’s substantive and procedural guidance in … Read more

Overview of EU and South African regulatory and competition law in the Pharma sector

We are delighted that our overviews of regulatory and competition law in the EU and South Africa have now been published as jurisdictional contributions to the Lexology Getting the Deal Through Pharmaceutical Antitrust guide. The online publication serves as a quick reference guide enabling side-by-side comparison of local insights into pharmaceutical regulatory law (framework, authorities, … Read more

The impact of the war in Ukraine on Trade Policy

The war in Ukraine will change the world in many ways. One change that deserves more attention is how it is impacting trade policy and thus changing trade flows and creating trade opportunities. The evolving content of Western sanctions is tracked on our Sanctions Notes pages. In this note we will look at the legal … Read more