CMA provisional findings may lead to Facebook being forced to sell Giphy

On 12 August 2021, The Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) announced its provisional findings that Facebook’s completed acquisition of Giphy is likely to harm competition between social media platforms and between digital display advertising players.  The CMA considers that Facebook could restrict the use of GIFs on other social media platforms, making its competitors change…

Tim Cowen to chair Digital Policy Alliance webinar on “Competition Remedies or Digital Regulation?”

Preiskel & Co Chair, Antitrust Division, Tim Cowen, will chair an upcoming Digital Policy Alliance webinar entitled “Competition Remedies or Digital Regulation? Review of CMA investigation of online advertising markets and the latest initiatives”. The webinar will address the likely impact and consequences of proposed initiatives to tackle market imbalance in the digital space. Speakers…

Mobile World Congress cancelled

The GSMA has announced that the 2020 Mobile World Congress, due to be held in Barcelona at the end of February, is cancelled due to “global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak”. The GSMA’s statement can be read here. Accordingly, Preiskel & Co regrets to announce that its drinks reception in Barcelona is also cancelled. Please…

Tim Cowen and ResPublica raise questions over CMA’s Platforms and Digital Advertising Investigation

Preiskel & Co Partner, Tim Cowen, has co-authored a submission to the CMA regarding its Statement of Scope for its market study into online platforms and digital advertising. The submission raises some serious concerns regarding the CMA’s definition of the scope of its market study, and is a fascinating read. It can be found here.…

Employees and the dreaded data subject access request

The right of an individual to obtain copies of their personal data from a company is a key element of the General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (which adopts the GDPR and supplements the GDPR requirements). But when the individual seeking the information is a current employee, it can…

Preiskel & Co recognised as “IT, Technology & Internet Law firm of the Year” and “Foreign Investment Law firm of the Year”

Preiskel & Co LLP has been recognised in this year’s ACQ5 Global Awards as both the UK’s “IT, Technology and Internet Law Firm of the Year” and “Foreign Investment Law Firm of the Year” by leading corporate magazine news site ACQ5. Following the receipt of 98,621 nominations for the 2018 awards – the highest number…