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Major Developments in German Competition Law in January-July 2019

Client Information Competition Law -  31.07.2019

Two decisions of the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf concerning merger control in the area of ticketing system services are worth mentioning:  On 5 December 2018, the court confirmed the prohibition decision of the Federal Cartel Office ("FCO") in the CTS/Four Artists case (see our Newsletter 1/2018). This is the first court decision on merger control in multi-sided markets and the... >>>

Digitalization of Company Law - The EU's Company Law Package will cause wide-ranging changes

Client Information Corporate Law Mergers & Acquisitions -  28.05.2019

In recent the weeks, the European legislator has launched a directive amendment for the use of digital tools and processes in company law. After the European Council and the European Parliament reached an agreement on 5 February 2019, the European Parliament adopted a respective directive on 18 April 2019. The Council's approval is pending, but is a mere formality. Implementation into German law... >>>

Major Developments in German Competition Law in July-December 2018

Client Information Competition Law -  31.01.2019

Merger Control: - FCO Proceedings - Federal Supreme Court on Gun Jumping - Common Shareholdings - Foreign Investment Control Cartels: - Parallelism of Sec. 1 ARC and Art. 101 TFEU - Continuation of the Coty Saga - Proceedings re Sausages and Special Steel - Turmoil in the Print Media Industry Private Enforcement: - Landmark Ruling on Prima Facie Evidence - Claimant-friendly... >>>

Major Developments in German Competition Law in January-June 2018

Client Information Competition Law -  31.07.2018

Merger Control: - Guidance paper on new notification threshold - Federal Supreme Court on gun jumping - Relevant date for turnover calculation - Numerous withdrawals of notifications Cartels: - Constitutional Court on search of law firms - Questionable fining practice of the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf - Unusual spate of aborted cartel investigations Private Enforcement: -... >>>

GDPR as a game-changer? E-mail marketing via newsletter in light of the new law des neuen Rechts

Client Information Intellectual Property -  09.05.2018

For many companies and service providers, direct marketing via digital news updates (e.g. newsletters) that are e-mailed to a given group of recipients more or less frequently is an ideal way to promote their products and services, to attract new customers, and to retain existing ones. To protect recipients from being bombarded with excess mail (“spam”), such e-mail marketing has been tightly... >>>

Major Developments in German Competition Law in July-December 2017

Client Information Competition Law -  31.01.2018

In the area of merger control, a noteworthy development is the prohibition by the German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) of the planned takeover of Four Artists by CTS Eventim. The FCO heavily relied on market power criteria introduced by the 9th Amendment to the Act against Restraints of Competition (“ARC”) in June 2017. Also worth mentioning are changes to the Foreign Trade and Payments... >>>

Investment Controls Tightened by Amendment to German Foreign Trade Regulations

Client Information Public & Administrative Law -  12.01.2018

The “Ninth Regulation Amending German Foreign Trade Regulations” which took effect on 18 July 2017 places stricter rules on foreign investors acquiring German companies, inter alia by increasing reporting duties, expanding and specifying the scope of investment controls, and by extending examination periods. German Foreign Trade Regulations (Außenwirtschaftsverordnung, hereinafter “AWV”)... >>>

Major Developments in German Competition Law January-June 2017

Client Information Competition Law -  25.07.2017

The first half of 2017 was marked by the entry into force of the 9th Amendment to the Act Against Restraints of Competition and in particular by its revised rules on private enforcement. Meanwhile, the Federal Cartel Office and the German Courts were anything but idle and issued a number of important decisions covering various areas of antitrust law.


Client Information Compliance -  12.06.2017

Die Gesetzesnovelle zur Umsetzung der vierten EU-Geldwäscherichtlinie, sieht u. a. die Einrichtung eines auf nationaler Ebene geführten Transparenzregisters vor, aus dem ersichtlich sein soll, welche natürlichen Personen als sog. wirtschaftlich Berechtigte hinter Gesellschaften, Trusts und ähnlichen Rechtsgestaltungen stehen.

Untersuchung der Europäischen Kommission über die Syndizierung von Krediten und deren Auswirkungen auf die Wettbewerbsbedingungen im Kreditmarkt

Client Information Banking & Finance -  01.06.2017

Die Generaldirektion Wettbewerb (DG Competition) der Europäischen Kommission hat am 11.04.2017 die Unterlagen für eine Ausschreibung bekanntgemacht, in deren Rahmen der siegreiche Bieter eine Studie über den Markt für syndizierte Kredite in der EU und über die Problemstellungen erstellen soll, welche die Generaldirektion Wettbewerb für eine Beurteilung des wettbewerblichen Umfelds in Betracht... >>>

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