May
10

Commission accepts commitments offered by Visa and Mastercard on inter-regional interchange fees

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Following the feedback sought by the European Commission (the 'Commission') regarding the commitments offered by Visa and Mastercard further to the Statement of Objections issued by the Commission regarding the competition concerns raised by inter-regional interchange fees ('inter-regional MIFs') for payment transactions, the Commission has accepted the commitments offered by Visa and Mastercard ( read more here ). These commitments shall be applicable for a period of five years and six months and shall concern inter-regional MIFs applied to payment transactions m...
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Apr
24

CJEU: Change in ownership of company renders purchaser liable for anti-competitive behaviour of predecessor

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This article is written by Dr Annalies Muscat and Dr Laura Spiteri On the 14 March 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union ('CJEU') handed down the judgement of Vantaan kaupunki v. Skanska Industrial Solutions Oy, NCC Industry Oy, Asfaltmix Oy [1] where it concluded that if a company changes ownership, the restructured company or the purchasing company can be held liable for the anti-competitive behaviour of its predecessors, not justin public enforcement actions but also in private actions. The case dealt with a group of Finnish companies that formed a c...
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Apr
12

European Commission Issues Public Consultation on the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation

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The European Commission has issued a public consultation to allow interested parties to provide their feedback with regard to competition issues that arise in vertical relationships. The public consultation period opened on the 4 February 2019 and shall continue to run until the 27 May 2019. This public consultation process follows an 'Evaluation and Fitness Check Roadmap' that was carried out from November to December 2018. 1 The Block Exemption Regulation (the 'Regulation'), 2 which entered into force in 2010 and shall continue to run until 2022, deals with a ca...
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Apr
06

Cartel Leniency and Non-Cartel Cooperation Tool Taken Online

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On the 19 March 2019, the European Commission (the 'Commission') took its leniency proceedings online by launching "eLeniency".  [1] With this new tool, companies can submit any documents relevant to leniency proceedings, as well as non-cartel cooperation cases, online. Leniency in the case of cartel proceedings is defined as the "granting of immunity from penalties or the reduction of penalties for antitrust violations in exchange for cooperation with the antitrust enforcement authorities". [2] It is a process by which the Commission encourages a company whi...
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Feb
19

Mamo TCV Advocates at the Annual Consumer Law Conference 2019

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Mamo TCV Advocates will once again be at the Annual Consumer Law Conference, which will be held on 5 April 2019. Dr Annalies Muscat, a senior associate at Mamo TCV Advocates, will be giving a presentation on notable consumer cases decided in the past year.  The poster for the event, which boasts an exciting line up of speakers, can be ​ viewed below : File Name: CONSUMER_DAY_POSTE_20190312-154653_1 File Size: 242 kb Download File Disclaimer This document does not purport to give legal, financial or tax advice. Should you require further information or legal a...
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