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…

Tim Cowen has been appointed to the International Bar Association Telecommunications Committee

Tim Cowen has been appointed to the International Bar Association Telecommunications Committee. He will be chairing the session “Consolidation in the mobile, network and content industries” at the 26th Annual Communications and Competition Law Conference. The session will take place at the IBA Committee’s joint annual conference with the IBA Competition Committee in The Savoy, London on 11…