Judicial Review declares UK Government Surveillance Powers Unlawful

Following an application for judicial review by Liberty (the National Council for Civil Liberties). The High Court has ruled that Part 4 of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (the “Act”) is incompatible with European law. Broadly, this part of the Act allows the government to require that communications companies store customer emails, phone calls, internet…

Preiskel & Co write chapter for GTDT Foreign Investment Review 2018

Preiskel & Co’s team has written the UK chapter for Getting the Deal Through’s Foreign Investment Review 2018. The chapter outlines the legal framework which applies to foreign direct investment in the UK, including examples of recent merger cases and proposals for reform which have been developing at policy-level. Read the team’s chapter here. For advice regarding…

Does the EU’s ruling on Coty’s preliminary reference scupper the Kartellampt’s plans?

The judgement for a preliminary reference arising from a dispute between Coty Germany GmbH, a supplier of luxury cosmetics, and Parfümerie Akzente GmbH, one of Coty’s authorised distributors was issued by the EU Court on 6 December 2017. The preliminary reference concerned the application of Article 101(3) TFEU to a selective distribution contract between Coty…

Preiskel and CEG Europe host a fascinating seminar on competition and regulatory policy

On Monday the Preiskel and CEG teams were delighted to host a seminar discussing various concerns and potential changes regarding competition and regulatory policy. The first panel focused on regulation and oligopoly in telecoms markets. Debate included whether oligopoly led ipso facto to bad consumer outcomes or whether there is scope for oligopoly to lead…

ICOMP calls for publication of Google’s compliance proposals

ICOMP has called for the publication of Google’s remedy proposals to the European Commission, along with the Commission’s Decision in the Google Shopping investigation. The Commission announced its finding on 27 June 2017, outlining that it had found Google to have abused its dominance with regards to its Google Shopping product. As well as being…

Government announces plans for UK Data Protection Bill

The Government has today published a press release detailing its plans for a new Data Protection Bill. The Bill will bring the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) into UK law. The GDPR will come into force on 25 May 2018. Anyone looking for advice on compliance with data protection laws, and how to prepare…

Preiskel & Co and CEG Europe to co-host a seminar on regulation and competition law responses to concentrated markets and the forward-looking regulatory agenda

Preiskel & Co are co-hosting a seminar with CEG Europe on the afternoon of 11 September 2017. The event will comprise of the following three panel discussions: Regulation of Oligopoly in telecoms markets: Issues for infrastructure investment. Considerations of concentration on the value chain (use of networks by content players and ISPs and the impact on the…

Google remedies: Russia’s FAS leads the way?

  In April, the FAS and Google ended their two-year long dispute over Google’s pre-installation and self promotion of only its own products on all Android devices sold in Russia. Google eventually agreed to pay fines and adopted a non-discrimination remedy. The Android case is pending before the EU. The press releases and media communication from the FAS in…

BCMR decision remitted to Ofcom

The Competition Appeal Tribunal has today ruled that Ofcom’s BCMR decision be quashed and remitted to the regulator. The BCMR decision was published in April 2016. BT, CityFibre, and TalkTalk launched appeals against various aspects of the decision in June 2016 – the “BCMR Appeals”. The Competition Appeal Tribunal handed down a ruling today, finding…