Tim Cowen will discuss the challenges faced by high velocity businesses in panel hosted by Burson-Marsteller in collaboration with Preiskel & Co and Mediaventura

High Velocity Businesses are disruptors – they are lean, challengers that are serving and delighting customers in new ways. They use technology to create innovative new solutions and unlock new value. They have established themselves as ‘ones to watch’. But to grow they need to become global – and that means a whole new range…

The Digital Single Market Strategy: ʻ rebooting ʼ EU into the digital era

The Digital Single Market Strategy was published on 6 May 2015 together with a voluminous document of evidence and analysis. The strategy aims at realizing the opportunities offered by digital technologies, which know no borders, as President’s Jean-Claude Juncker put it in the Political Guidelines. The strategy is already raising concerns and praise but all in all has…

One out of ten

The Digital Single Market has been positioned in the top ten priorities of the EU Commission, where Commissioner Ansip has been appointed to take the lead to deliver together with his team a proposal for a Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy. The DSM strategy would be unveiled today so there will be more to come.…

Protectionism in Merger Control: Is the Process of Merger Control Adequate to Consider Wider Public Interest Issues? Is it Now Time for CFIEU?

Whether a broader public interest test should apply to merger control has recently been discussed by Alex Chisholm, CEO of the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority, after being raised at Prime Minister’s questions during Pfizer’s attempt to acquire Astra Zeneca. Similar issues also arose this year in France regarding General Electric’s bid for Alstom. They…

Competition Law Update: UK Consumer Rights Act 2015

The UK Consumer Rights Act 2015 is set to come into force on 1 October 2015, bringing changes to domestic competition law and increasing the remit of the Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT). Victims of anti-competitive practices will be able to bring standalone damages claims in the CAT. The limitation period for bringing follow-on-proceedings in the…

Competition inquiry in the e-commerce sector announced by the European Commission

The European Commission announced a proposal to launch a competition inquiry in the e-commerce sector. The inquiry will focus on identifying and tackling barriers to cross-border e-commerce in order to achieve a connected Digital Single Market. This announcement was made one day after the College of Commissioners had the first discussion on the Digital Single Market Strategy, which is…