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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.

Enhanced Sharing of Antitrust Evidence: New EU/Japan Cooperation Agreement


By and on Mar 17, 2016
Posted In Cartel Enforcement, Chinese Developments

On 15 March 2016, the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) and the European Commission (Commission) announced their intention to upgrade the current antitrust co-operation agreement between Japan and the European Union. The upgrade will have a number of practical and legal implications for companies involved in international antitrust investigations or considering making leniency applications. The...

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McDermott EU Competition Annual Review 2015


By , , , , , , , and on Jan 22, 2016
Posted In EU Developments

McDermott has published an EU Competition Annual Review for 2015. This 87 page booklet will help General Counsel and their teams focus on the most essential EU competition updates for 2015. Beyond being used to understand recent developments, this booklet is a great reference when dealing with complex issues of EU competition law. Read the...

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The UK Consumer Rights Act 2015: A New Advance in Private Antitrust Enforcement


By , and on Jan 11, 2016
Posted In Consumer Protection/Privacy, EU Developments, Private Litigation

On 1 October 2015 the UK Consumer Rights Act 2015 (CRA 2015) entered into force, bringing with it a raft of changes pertaining to consumer protection law and competition law litigation. These changes were discussed in an article featured in our most recent issue of our flagship publication, International News: Focus on Tax (Issue 3...

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The European Union’s Highest Court Rules on Standard-Essential Patents, Injunctions and Abuse of Dominance


By and on Jul 23, 2015
Posted In EU Developments, German Developments, IP Antitrust, Joint Ventures/Competitor Collaboration

The long-awaited ruling on the seeking of injunctions in the context of standard-essential patents encumbered by fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms has been delivered by the Court of Justice of the European Union, in Huawei v. ZTE C 170/130. Although the judgment lays down the legal test applicable to injunctions involving standard-essential patents, and...

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The EU Directive on Antitrust Damages Actions


By , , and on Jan 19, 2015
Posted In Consumer Protection/Privacy, EU Developments, Private Litigation

The EU Directive on Antitrust Damages Actions requires the 28 EU Member States to adapt their laws and procedures to comply with the Directive by 27 December 2016 at the latest. It establishes a basic right to claim damages for loss caused by antitrust infringements, and establishes a minimum framework of rules concerning proof of...

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New EU Competition Commissioner’s Priorities For 2014-2019: Hearing Before The European Parliament


By , , and on Oct 3, 2014
Posted In EC Developments, EU Developments

Margrethe Vestager, former Deputy Prime Minister of Denmark, is designated to become the next European Union Competition Commissioner in November 2014. In a three hour hearing before the European Parliament (EP) last night (2 October), Ms Vestager answered the EP’s questions and revealed a number of issues that she would like to focus on during...

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New EU Competition Commissioner Magrethe Vestager to Take Office in November, Pending Approval


By , , , and on Sep 11, 2014
Posted In EC Developments

In an announcement made on 10 September 2014, the President-elect of the next European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker from Luxemburg, unveiled his team and announced that Magrethe Vestager from Denmark will replace Joaquin Almunia as the EU Commissioner for Competition.  Ms Vestager is to take office in November, subject to confirmation by the European Parliament. The...

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CJEU Rules Maximum Cartel Fine Applies Only to Infringing Subsidiary Turnover and Reduces Fine by €17 Million


By and on Sep 10, 2014
Posted In EC Developments

On 4 September 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) confirmed that the maximum fine of 10 per cent of turnover imposed on the infringing subsidiary of a non-infringing parent company should be calculated on the basis of the turnover of that subsidiary, and not the parent company, if and to the...

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Limitation Periods for Antitrust Damages Actions in The European Union


By , , and on Jul 2, 2014
Posted In Cartel Enforcement, EC Developments

The last decade or so has seen a marked increase in antitrust damages actions brought before the national courts of the EU Member States. As things currently stand, such actions are governed by the various national laws of the 28 Member States. This patchwork of differing national rules further complicates the already complex underpinning of...

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European Commission Adopts Revised Competition Regime for Technology Transfer Agreements


By and on Mar 25, 2014
Posted In EC Developments

On 21 March 2014, the European Commission (Commission) adopted a revised set of rules for the assessment of technology transfer agreements by the Commission and national competition authorities. The new Technology Transfer Block Exemption Regulation and accompanying Technology Transfer Guidelines will enter into force on 1 May 2014. The revised regime provides clearer and, arguably...

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