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

HSF Competition team launches new “CRTea” podcast series

Welcome to our brand new “CRTea” podcast series, which will bring you the latest developments in Competition, Regulatory and Trade (“CRT”) law from across EMEA and beyond. In this rapidly-evolving regulatory landscape, these regular podcasts will provide practical insights from our network of specialists (and maybe some special guests along the way) in a digestible, … Read more

Competition law in the pharma sector – Developments and what’s to come in 2022

In this update, our pharma sector competition law experts in Brussels, the UK, Germany, South Africa and China look at a number of recent competition law developments of impact to the sector. This is a selective list of developments that have practical implications on the way pharma companies do business. European Union The pharma sector … Read more

Behavioural remedies in merger cases at a crossroads: Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf overturns FCO clearance for EWE/Telecom JV

Last week the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf overturned a decision adopted by the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) clearing a JV between Telekom Deutschland and EWE, a regional utility company. The JV partners were looking to cooperate in the development of fibre-optic networks in parts of Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia and Bremen. This is … 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

German Government Introduces Significant Amendment of FDI Rules

Germany is continuing to tighten and develop its FDI regime: After various legislative actions in the course of 2020, the German Federal Government agreed on significant amendments of the existing FDI rules which will enter into force with its publication in the Federal Gazette (Bundesanzeiger). During the last year, the German legislator has lowered the thresholds … Read more