Digital competition law update from Germany: Franco-German report on algorithms and competition law, and draft German law on Digitalisation of German Competition Law

Competition law/algorithms has been a hot topic of debate amongst practitioners and enforcers for a while, and now two of Europe’s top antitrust enforcers, the Autorité de la Concurrence and the Bundeskartellamt, have joined forces to analyse and publish a report on the potential competition law risks relating to pricing algorithms and their potential contribution … Read more

A New Competition Framework for the Digital Economy? Report by the German Commission Competition Law 4.0

On 9 September 2019, the German “Commission Competition Law 4.0” (Commission) submitted its report “A New Competition Framework for the Digital Economy” (English summary available here) to the Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy. The Commission was set up by the minister in September 2018 and mandated with developing recommendations for the further development of European … Read more

FDI Podcast EP3: Foreign Direct Investment in France, Germany and the EU’s new framework

In this, third episode, Veronica Roberts, an anti-trust partner in Herbert Smith Freehills’ competition practice, leads a discussion about developments in the EU focusing on the current Commission proposals and the changing approaches in both France and Germany. She talks to Kyriakos Fountoukakos and Marius Boewe, competition partners at Herbert Smith Freehills, Tom White, Head of Europe at Global … Read more

German FCO forces Facebook to change its Data Collection Policy

On 7 February 2019, after almost three years of investigation, Germany’s Federal Cartel Office (“FCO“) issued its long awaited decision on Facebook’s data collection practices. The FCO found that Facebook has a dominant position on the German market for social networks, and abused this position by making use of the Facebook social network conditional upon … Read more