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Caroline Ruiz Palmer focuses her practice on all aspects of EU competition law, with a particular emphasis on merger control. Her experience includes assisting international companies in multi jurisdictional merger control filings and advising clients on anti-competitive agreements, competition compliance issues and abuse of dominance in various sectors. Read Caroline Ruiz Palmer's full bio. 

European Commission Announces New Approach to Merger Review Referrals Falling Below Thresholds


By and on Sep 17, 2020
Posted In Brussels Developments, EC Developments, EU Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions

Under current EU merger control rules, whether a concentration has to be notified to the European Commission (“Commission”) depends, among other things, on the level of revenue generated by the parties worldwide and in the European Union.  A key question that has sparked considerable debate in recent years is whether the current merger control thresholds...

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Antitrust M&A Snapshot | Q2 2020


By and on Sep 2, 2020
Posted In Brussels Developments, DOJ Developments, EC Developments, EU Developments, FTC Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions

In the United States, despite requesting additional time to review pending mergers, the US antitrust agencies have continued their work through the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached settlements with a number of merging parties during Q2 2020, and the FTC is proceeding to trial in several merger...

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European Commission Consultation on Ex Ante Regulation of Online Platforms: Is Change Coming?


By , and on Jul 27, 2020
Posted In EC Developments, EU Developments, Monopolization/Abuse of Dominance, Power Markets

In parallel to a public consultation to seek feedback from the public regarding the New Competition Tool, the European Commission (Commission) is consulting on a proposal for an ex ante regulatory instrument that would ensure that “online platform ecosystems controlled by large online platforms that benefit from significant network effects remain fair and contestable, in...

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European Commission Initiates Consultation on Possible New Competition Investigation Tool


By , and on Jun 29, 2020
Posted In EC Developments, EU Developments, Monopolization/Abuse of Dominance, Power Markets

On 2 June 2020, the European Commission (the Commission) published its inception impact assessment (or roadmap) on the possible adoption of regulation that would introduce a new market investigation tool. This assessment was immediately followed by the launch of a public consultation to seek views and feedback from the public regarding such a tool. The...

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Antitrust M&A Snapshot | US Agencies Aggressive While the EC Publishes Report on Competition Policy for the Digital Era


By and on Aug 28, 2019
Posted In DOJ Developments, EC Developments, EU Developments, FTC Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions

The second quarter of 2019 proved to be a busy season for antitrust matters. In the United States, agencies continued to be aggressive and blocked transactions or required significant remedies. They cleared three mergers where divestitures were required; and in the face of FTC or DOJ opposition, companies abandoned several transactions, including between Republic National...

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Mexican Competition Authority Sanctions BorgWarner and REMY Holdings for Gun Jumping


By , and on Feb 20, 2019
Posted In Mergers & Acquisitions

On January 31, the Board of the Mexican Competition Authority—the Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE)—approved REMY Holdings International’s acquisition of BorgWarner’s vehicle aftermarket business. However, the companies failed to file and were fined for their misconduct (~$153,134). The fine was less severe because the parties voluntarily acknowledged their failure to notify COFECE. WHAT HAPPENED: On...

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European Court of Justice Provides Guidance on Scope of the Standstill Obligation Enshrined in the EU Merger Regulation


By , and on Jun 7, 2018
Posted In EU Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions

Pursuant to the EU merger control rules, a transaction that falls within the purview of the EU Merger Regulation (EUMR) must be notified to the European Commission (Commission) in advance (Article 4(1) EUMR), and must not be implemented until cleared by the Commission, known as the “standstill” obligation (Article 7[1] EUMR). A principal rationale behind...

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Advocate General Wahl Delivers Opinion on Legality of Bans on Online Sales via Third-Party Platforms in Selective Distribution Systems


By on Aug 23, 2017
Posted In Distribution/Franchising, German Developments

According to Advocate General Nils Wahl’s opinion, delivered on July 26, in the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU) case Coty Germany GmbH v Parfümerie Akzente GmbH (case C-230/16), suppliers of luxury goods may prohibit their authorized retailers from selling their goods via third-party internet platforms. Such bans do not necessarily infringe Article...

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