Google facing fines, non-discrimination obligations, and more?

Preiskel & Co’s Tim Cowen has been quoted by various media sources, including Bloomberg, discussing the impact of an EU fine and potential non-discrimination obligation before the Commission’s announcement on Tuesday. As predicted, the EU has issued Google with a record fine of €2.42 billion. However, with a reported $92 billion “cash hoard”, Google may be…

Google fined record-breaking €2.42 billion by European Commission

Following a seven-year investigation into Google’s Shopping service, the European Commission has today announced a €2.42 billion fine against Google. The Commission has found that Google breached EU antitrust rules by using its market dominance as a search engine to give its Shopping service an illegal advantage. The Commission has ordered that Google end this practice…

The Times reports on the EU’s antitrust investigation into Google’s practices

The Times[1] reports that price comparison websites across Europe are gearing up to take follow-on damages actions against Google. This is in light of the expectation that the EU, following a seven-year investigation, will issue a decision in the cases it has been investigating, and potentially a considerable fine on the multinational.   The newspaper…

Margrethe Vestager’s speech on Competition Policy for the Technology Sector

On 16th March 2017 EU Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager made an important speech concerning competition policy for the technology sector. She spoke about the way that computer algorithms are being used in ways that could facilitate breach of the law.  Her comments covered issues arising from the Google investigation, concerns raised about social media and,…

Tim Cowen selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers™ in the United Kingdom 2018

Timothy Cowen was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the Sixth Edition of The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2018 in the practice areas of Competition Law and Information Technology Law.

The Sixth Edition of The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom has been publicly released and is now available here – Best Lawyers.

Tim Cowen co-authored ‘A Level Playing Field for the Digital Ecosystem’ of Fundación Telefónica. English version now available for download.

Tim Cowen co-authored the book ‘A Level Playing Field for the Digital Ecosystem’, published by Fundación Telefónica. Tim’s contributed with a chapter on ‘Anti-trust in the EU digital markets: A case study’, where EU competition law policy and U.S. federal antitrust law were placed in comparative perspective. The English version of the book has been…

Preiskel & Co advised PCCW in relation to aspects of the sale of UK Broadband to Three UK

On 6 February 2017, a PCCW Group company and Three entered into a share purchase agreement for the acquisition of UK Broadband Limited by Three UK for £300 million, subject to the fulfilment, or waiver by Three of a number of conditions precedent. The Consideration payable by Three UK under the Share Purchase Agreement is…

Thinking and writing and advising about Brexit

As well as being a senior consultant here at Preiskel, I am a writer and journalist about law and policy matters.  Since June I have been writing a lot about Brexit. Brexit is, for me, fascinating.  There is complexity, as it brings together policy and law, trade and economics, and political and constitutional issues.  And…