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By creating close working partnerships with our clients, we are able to guide them through the complexities of European law and create bespoke solutions to their particular situation.  

The broad spectrum of legal aspects we act upon include matters such as the free movement of goods, services and capital, competition law, customs law, secondary EU legislation, EU taxation, contract disputes, general EU principles and public tenders.

As part of our service, we assist clients with informal contacts with authorities as well as litigation before the national courts, the EU Commission and the General Court in various EU law areas.

Some of our actions lead to infringement procedures against Member States. In addition, we are regularly involved in preliminary questions to the Court of Justice on a variety of areas of EU law such as access to the EU courts, general principles of EU law, secondary legislation, unfair competition law and procurement law.

Moreover, we have provided legal services to the EU Commission and other EU institutions defending their interests in several procurement cases before the General Court and the Court of Justice.

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01.11.2017 EU law
Nike can restrict sales via online platforms within its selective distribution system

Short Reads - On 4 October 2017, the District Court of Amsterdam ruled* in favour of sports goods manufacturer Nike in an action against a distributor, Action Sport, which had not complied with Nike's selective distribution policy. The District Court found that Nike's selective distribution system, which included a ban on sales via non-authorised online platforms, was compatible with competition law as it sought to preserve the luxury image of Nike's products.

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01.11.2017 EU law
General Court upholds fine for 'gun jumping' EU merger control procedure

Short Reads - On 26 October 2017, the General Court (GC) dismissed an appeal lodged by Harvest Marine, a Norwegian seafood company, against a EUR 20 million fine imposed by the European Commission. The fine was imposed on Harvest Marine in 2014 for implementing its acquisition of Norwegian salmon producer Morpol before obtaining the required clearance from the Commission under the EU merger control rules, also referred to as "gun jumping" [see our August 2014 Newsletter].

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01.11.2017 EU law
General Court annuls UPC/Ziggo merger decision

Short Reads - On 26 October 2017, the General Court (GC) annulled the Commission's 2014 decision approving the merger between cable companies UPC Nederland B.V. (UPC) and Ziggo N.V. (Ziggo) following an appeal brought by KPN. The GC found that the Commission had failed to properly assess the vertical effects of the merger on a potential market for premium pay TV sports channels. Although merger decisions are rarely annulled by the EU courts, this judgment marks the second time it has happened this year.

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02.10.2017 EU law
Court of Justice landmark judgment: Intel's EUR 1.06 billion fine is sent back to the General Court

Short Reads - On 6 September 2017, the European Court of Justice rendered its landmark judgment in the Intel case. The outcome of this judgment was eagerly awaited, as it had the potential to revolutionize how EU competition law assesses the business practices of undertakings with a dominant position. The Court has clearly moved away from a form-based analysis, towards a more effects-based approach.

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02.10.2017 EU law
Court of Justice upholds fine imposed on Philips and LG in the cathode ray tubes cartel

Short Reads - On 14 September 2017, the European Court of Justice dismissed the appeals brought by LG Electronics Inc. (LG) and Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV (Philips) against the General Court's (GC) judgment in the cathode ray tubes (CRT) cartel [see our October 2015 Newsletter]. The Court of Justice confirmed that the relevant "value of sales" in the EEA includes sales of finished products incorporating the cartelised products in the EEA, even if those cartelised products were first sold to entities outside the EEA by means of intragroup sales.

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01.11.2017 EU law
KLM and Amsterdam Schiphol airport offer commitments to reduce competition concerns

Short Reads - On 12 October 2017, the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) published a draft decision accepting the commitments of Dutch airline KLM (KLM) and Amsterdam Schiphol airport (Schiphol). The commitments are aimed at eliminating the competition concerns identified by the ACM on the basis of a four-year investigation into interactions between KLM and Schiphol about growth opportunities of other airlines at Schiphol and airport capacity.

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13.10.2017 BE law
Stibbe is strategic partner of IOE's guide on 'Doing Business in Belgium'

Inside Stibbe - Stibbe is proud to be partner of the 2017 Doing Business in Belgium Guide, published by the Institute of Export (IOE), a professional UK membership body that represents and supports the interests of those in imports, exports, and international trade. The IOE partners with the British Chamber of Commerce and the Department for International Trade at the British Embassy in Belgium.

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02.10.2017 EU law
Curaçao Competition Act entered into force on 1 September 2017

Short Reads - On 1 September 2017, the rules of the Curaçao Competition Act (Landsverordening inzake concurrentie, "CCA") entered into force on the basis of a national decree (Landsbesluit) of 11 April 2017. The CCA addresses the three main topics of competition law: cartels, abuse of dominance and mergers. The CCA is largely in line with the Dutch and European competition rules, with a few notable exceptions described below.

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