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Mélanie Bruneau advises clients from a variety of industrial sectors, including transport, manufacturing, chemicals and IT, on the legal aspects of their business activities, with particular emphasis on regulatory compliance. Read Mélanie Bruneau's full bio.
By Antoine De Rohan Chabot, Mélanie Bruneau and Wilko van Weert on May 16, 2017
Posted In Distribution/Franchising, EC Developments
On 10 May 2017, the European Commission published its final report on the e-commerce sector inquiry. The report is divided into two sections, covering e-commerce issues in relation to consumer goods and digital content. It also identifies business practices that might restrict competition and limit consumer choice. It would be advisable for e-commerce businesses to...
By Antoine De Rohan Chabot and Mélanie Bruneau on Apr 18, 2017
Posted In EU Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions
In the past couple of years, the European Commission has decided to review and evaluate the functioning of different aspects of the EU merger control regime regulated by EU Regulation No. 139/2004 of 20 January 2004 on the control of concentrations between undertakings (the EU Merger Regulation), its implementing regulation and related notices and guidelines....
By Antoine De Rohan Chabot and Mélanie Bruneau on Dec 6, 2016
Posted In EC Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions
In October 2016, the European Commission launched a public consultation to continue the process of identifying possible areas of the EU Merger Regulation suitable for refinement, improvement and simplification.
By Mélanie Bruneau and Wilko van Weert on Oct 20, 2016
Posted In EC Developments, IP Antitrust
On 8 September 2016, the General Court of the European Union upheld the European Commission’s decision in which the antitrust regulator imposed fines of approximately EUR 150 million on Lundbeck and a number of generic companies for entering into reverse settlement agreements which delayed the entry of cheaper generic versions of a blockbuster antidepressant. The...
By Mélanie Bruneau and Philip Bentley on Oct 20, 2016
Posted In EC Developments, Joint Ventures/Competitor Collaboration
On 7 July 2016, the European Commission adopted a decision accepting commitments by 14 shipping liner companies to change their practices concerning announcements of intended price increases for containerised shipping services. The Commission considered that these announcements were anti-competitive and resulted in higher prices for container liner shipping services, thereby harming customers.
E-Commerce: The European Commission Completes Its Preliminary Report on the E-Commerce Sector Inquiry
By Antoine De Rohan Chabot and Mélanie Bruneau on Sep 20, 2016
Posted In EC Developments
In May 2015, the European Commission (the Commission) launched a sector inquiry in the field of e-commerce in the context of its Digital Single Market strategy. Its aim was to obtain an overview of prevailing market trends, gather evidence on potential barriers to competition linked to the growth of e-commerce and understand the prevalence of certain,...
E-Commerce: National Competitions Authorities Weigh In on Sales Restrictions Regarding Online Marketplaces
By Antoine De Rohan Chabot and Mélanie Bruneau on Mar 2, 2016
Posted In EC Developments, EU Developments, German Developments
In May 2015, the European Commission launched a two-year, industry-wide inquiry into the e-commerce sector to gather data on the functioning of e-commerce markets, so as to identify possible competition concerns. This sector inquiry focuses particularly on potential barriers erected by companies to cross-border online trade in goods and services where e-commerce is most widespread...