EU Regulation on the Screening of Foreign Direct Investment now operational

Yesterday, on 11 October 2020, the EU Regulation on the Screening of Foreign Direct Investment (“FDI” and “the EU FDI Regulation”) became fully operational.  This creates, for the first time, an EU-wide framework for the coordination of FDI screening. Any companies engaged in current or future deals involving FDI into the EU should consider the … Read more

EU Commission publishes findings on VBER evaluation

On 8 September 2020, the European Commission (‘Commission’) published a Staff Working Document in which it summarised the conclusions of the evaluation of the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (‘VBER’) and the accompanying Vertical Guidelines. The evaluation – launched on 3 October 2018 – was aimed at gathering views from stakeholders to determine whether the current … Read more

Clarification on the application of FRAND in the supply chain – postponed!

The Regional Court of Mannheim delivered its judgment in a much noticed patent infringement case in Germany. The dispute is noteworthy not only because of its economic importance but in particular also because the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) filed an amicus curiae brief in the dispute, which rarely ever happens, and suggested that the … Read more

Global Competition Review EMEA Antitrust Review 2021 – HSF’s EU Merger Control chapter now available online

Members of the HSF Brussels competition team have written a comprehensive summary of key recent EU merger control developments as a contribution to the latest edition of the highly-regarded Global Competition Review (GCR) EMEA Antitrust Review. The chapter covers key procedural, jurisdictional and substantive merger control developments from June 2019 to April 2020, including: jurisdictional … Read more

International Competition Network’s scoping paper on “Big Data and Cartels”: Big Data and algorithms as a new “threat” and a new “tool” for cartel enforcement

Earlier this year, we discussed the potential implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on cartels and collaboration between competitors (see our e-bulletins here and here). Regulators have been open to allowing certain types of cooperation between competitors to address the impact of the crisis.  They have nonetheless been careful to stress that this is not general … Read more

The European Green Deal and its implications for regulation, State aid and competition policy: Do the rules need to change?

This blog post is an adapted version of a briefing paper prepared with the economics consultancy, Oxera, in connection with our joint webinar event on the European Green Deal and its implications for regulation, State aid and competition policy.  The webinar, which will feature speakers from the European Commission, the judiciary and private practice, will … Read more