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Wilko van Weert focuses his practice on EU competition law. He has provided first-class advocacy to corporate clients involved in high-profile international cartel investigations. He has delivered convincing cartel defense analysis and persuasive and vigorous representation of clients' interests before the European Union's enforcement agencies and judiciary. Read Wilko van Weert's full bio.

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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COVID-19 and EU Competition Proceedings: Extraordinary Times Call for Extraordinary Measures


By , , , and on Mar 23, 2020
Posted In EC Developments, EU Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions

In the midst of the ongoing global effort to mitigate the effects of COVID-19, the Directorate-General for Competition (DG Competition) of the European Commission (EC) and the EU courts are taking measures to prevent the spread of the virus among individuals whilst at the same time seeking to ensure that the EU economy remains as...

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EU Commission Issues Another Fine for Restrictions on Cross-Border Licensed Merchandise Sales


By and on Feb 26, 2020
Posted In Brussels Developments, Distribution/Franchising, EU Developments, Power Markets

The European Commission has reiterated its position that if a business allows for the non-exclusive licensing of its products in the EEA, such licensor can no longer control where, to whom, and in what manner (online/off-line) the products can be sold within the EEA. On 30 January 2020, the Commission fined NBCUniversal Media, LLC, and...

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European Commission Final Report on E-Commerce Sector Inquiry


By , , and 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...

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EU Court Confirms European Commission’s Decision on Pay-for-Delay Agreements


By and 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...

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Polish Competition Authority Supports UBER


By on May 13, 2016
Posted In Consumer Protection/Privacy, EC Developments, Monopolization/Abuse of Dominance

On 5 May 2016, the Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) published a position paper in which it expressed its opinion on Uber’s operations on the Polish market for transportation services. UOKiK has been monitoring and analysing the effects of the emergence of such online platforms on the Polish market and concluded that...

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EU: Merger case cleared following offer of FRAND technology license


By on Apr 25, 2016
Posted In Consumer Protection/Privacy, EC Developments, IP Antitrust, Mergers & Acquisitions, Monopolization/Abuse of Dominance

On 20 April 2016, the European Commission (Commission) cleared, under its merger control rules, the acquisition of Equens and PaySquare by Worldline subject to, amongst others, a commitment to license technology to any customer interested, at Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) conditions. Worldline is a French provider of payment services and terminals, financial processing and...

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Dutch Competition Authority Fines Cold-Storage Companies for Exchange of Information in the Context of Merger Talks


By and on Mar 31, 2016
Posted In Cartel Enforcement, Mergers & Acquisitions

On 23 March 2016, the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) announced that it had fined four cold-storage firms for having put in place anticompetitive arrangements while in extended merger talks with one another.  (case number: 13.0698.31|15.0710.31|15.0327.31|15.0328.31). In addition, ACM fined five individuals for their personal involvement in these anticompetitive arrangements. The case at...

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EU Commission Releases First Findings on Geo-Blocking in E-Commerce Sector Inquiry


By on Mar 24, 2016
Posted In Distribution/Franchising, EC Developments, IP Antitrust

On 18 March, the European Commission (Commission) published its initial findings on geo-blocking in the framework of its ongoing antitrust sector inquiry into e-commerce. The findings are based on responses to questionnaires sent to more than 1400 retailers and digital content providers from all 28 EU Member States in 2015. The questionnaires focused on geo-blocking...

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