Regulatory Investigations and Compliance

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Regulatory Investigations and Compliance

The regulation of markets such as finance, energy and media is becoming increasingly complex. We provide the guidance and support our clients need, advising on the entire range of regulatory and compliance issues that may arise.

We invest time to thoroughly understand our clients’ businesses and requirements, providing assistance at every stage of a transaction, as well as threatened or on-going regulatory investigations. We create practical and workable solutions for the broad variety of regulatory issues that may occur.

As much of our work has a cross-border element, we work closely with top-tier law firms in jurisdictions around the world to provide coordinated and integrated solutions.

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29.06.2018 EU law
Un dossier de soumission imparfait peut-il être rectifié par le paiement d’une amende ?

Articles - Dans l’arrêt du 28 février 2018, la Cour de justice donne son avis sur la possibilité pour un soumissionnaire de rectifier, pendant la phase de sélection et moyennant paiement d’une amende, son dossier de soumission imparfait par un ajout et/ou commentaire. La Cour précise que cette mesure n’est, en principe, valable que si la nature de l’irrégularité constatée permet une rectification ultérieure et que le montant de l’amende est proportionnel à l’importance de l’irrégularité constatée. 

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01.05.2018 EU law
Germany did not err in extraditing an Italian citizen to the US for a competition law infringement

Short Reads - On 10 April 2018, the European Court of Justice ruled that Germany did not breach EU law by extraditing an Italian citizen to the United States for a competition law infringement in a situation where Germany's constitutional law does not permit extradition of its own nationals. The case highlights that extradition to the US for competition law infringements can be a real possibility for EU citizens.

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01.05.2018 EU law
District Court of Amsterdam rules on requests for pre-procedural hearings

Short Reads - On 29 March 2018, the District Court of Amsterdam ruled on requests for pre-procedural hearings in relation to the alleged infringements in the two separate cases of Trucks and CRT. This is the first time a Dutch court has ruled on a request for a pre-procedural hearing in follow-on damages cases. The District Court of Amsterdam rejected both requests because it did not consider it likely that a pre-procedural hearing would be useful in either case.

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29.06.2018 EU law
Kan een gebrekkige inschrijving worden rechtgezet tegen betaling van een boete?

Articles - Het Hof van Justitie verduidelijkt in een arrest van 28 februari 2018 dat een regeling waarbij een inschrijver in de selectiefase verzocht wordt om tegen betaling van een boete diens gebrekkige inschrijving via een aanvulling en / of toelichting recht te zetten in beginsel aanvaardbaar is – voor zover (i) de aard van de vastgestelde onregelmatigheid een a posteriori rechtzetting toelaat en (ii) de omvang van de geldboete evenredig is met de zwaarwichtigheid van de vastgestelde onregelmatigheid.

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01.05.2018 EU law
Rotterdam District Court quashes cartel fines imposed by the ACM on cold storage operators

Short Reads - On 12 April 2018, the District Court of Rotterdam quashed four fines imposed by the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) on cold storage operators and their respective directors for violating the cartel prohibition. The fines have been annulled as a result of numerous deficiencies in the ACM's investigation and reasoning.   

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01.05.2018 EU law
European Commission proposes draft Regulation on online platforms and search engines

Short Reads - On 26 April 2018, the European Commission proposed a draft EU Regulation on key aspects of the contractual relationship between online platforms and their business users. The aim of the proposed Regulation is to create a fair and transparent business environment for smaller businesses and traders that use online search engines and online platforms to reach consumers. The proposed Regulation would be the first EU legislation to specifically address business-to-business relationships of this kind.

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02.07.2018 EU law
General Court delivers judgments on the scope of dawn raid decisions

Short Reads - On 20 June 2018, the General Court rendered its judgment in two connected appeals submitted by České dráhy, the Czech Railways Operator, challenging two dawn raid decisions by the European Commission. Based on arguments concerning the scope of the investigation, the Court annulled in part the first dawn raid decision and fully upheld the second dawn raid decision.

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01.05.2018 EU law
European Commission imposes record fine on Altice for premature implementation of PT Portugal acquisition

Short Reads - On 24 April 2018, the European Commission announced that it had imposed a fine of EUR 124.5 million on Altice for acquiring control of PT Portugal before clearance by the Commission ('gun-jumping'). The fine is more than six times the amount which was previously imposed by the Commission for similar offences [see our November 2017 Newsletter for a discussion of the Marine Harvest case]. The Commission's recent enforcement actions against gun-jumping violations highlight the importance of strict competition law compliance during M&A transactions.

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