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On a weekly basis Phedon Nicolaides posts critical opinion pieces on the latest State aid judgments and decisions on his blog State Aid Uncovered. Each article presents the main points of a court ruling or Commission‘s decision, places them in the context of similar case law or practice, assesses the underlying reasoning, and identifies any inconsistencies or contradictions.
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Price monitoring software and competition – new possibilities for RPM in absence of sufficient deterrence

Shortly after the dropping the A-bomb on Google for its alleged tying practices, the Commission imposed fines of over €111 million on Asus, Denon & Marantz, Philips and Pioneer for fixing the minimum resale prices of their online retailers. This recent case shows that the Commission is serious about taking on competition law infringements in the online sphere, however, it […]

2018-60 Deutsche Bahn and Others v Commission

Court Court of Justice Date of ruling 1 February 2018 Case name (short version) Deutsche Bahn and Others v Commission Case Citation C-264/16 P ECLI:EU:C:2018:60 Key words Appeal — Competition — Agreements, decisions and concerted practices — Article 101 TFEU — Price fixing — International air freight forwarding services — Pricing agreement affecting the final price of the services Basic context By their appeal, Deutsche Bahn AG, Schenker […]

When Algorithmic Pricing meets Concerted Practices- the case of Partneo

Algorithmic collusion, algorithmic cartels, AI price fixing cartels and many other pseudo computer science themes have become a source of great interest for competition law authorities, practitioners and academics. The allure of these topics is understandable; the idea that cartels can come into existence without human intervention is a fascinating matter despite the fact that fully automated (not to mention […]

The first judgement of 2018: Hoffman-La Roche v AGCM (Case C- 179/16) – a remarkable case for its unremarkable implications

It goes without saying that the name Hoffmann La-Roche serves as an indispensable reference case for most competition lawyers, making it a great case for the launch of a new competition law blog! Although this recent Hoffmann La-Roche case is not likely to become as unmissable a reference point as the ‘original’ Hoffman La-Roche case, it is nevertheless noteworthy. The […]
Anja Naumann

Anja finished her LL.M. in International Business Law at Queen Mary University with Distinction in Sept 2015. After working at the Competition Law department of an international law firm in Düsseldorf she re-joined Queen Mary University in September 2016 to undertake a PhD in EU Competition Law and public health regulation.

Daniel Mandrescu

Daniel Mandrescu is a PhD Fellow at the Europa Institute of Leiden University. His research focuses on the application of EU competition law to the business practices of online platforms with the purpose of establishing whether there is need for specific regulation or merely an adaption of current practice.

Prior to his affiliation with Leiden University Daniel was assistant to the editorial team of the legal journal Legal Issues of Economic Integration (Kluwer) and a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Amsterdam.

Daniel obtained his LLB (2012) and a dual LLM degree on International Trade Law and EU Competition law and Regulation (2014) from the University of Amsterdam. During his studies he worked as an intern in the competition law practices of Allen & Overy and Loyens & Loeff and became a member of the Dutch Competition law Association.

Friso Bostoen

Friso Bostoen is a Ph.D. researcher at the Institute for Consumer, Competition & Market of the KU Leuven and a fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders. He researches abuse of dominance by online platforms under EU competition law. Friso has studied at KU Leuven (LL.B. and LL.M.), the University of Sydney (exchange) and Harvard University (LL.M.). He has also completed various internships in the field of competition law (Belgian Competition Authority, Van Bael & Bellis, Clifford Chance).

Kiran Desai

Kiran S. Desai has over 25 years’ experience of private practice in EU competition law. He is engaged in all aspects of EU competition law, including litigation before the courts and has written extensively on EU competition law matters. He is a partner at EY Law, based in Brussels, and is the EU Competition Law Leader for the global EY Law network of firms.

Lexxion Publisher

Established in 2002, Lexxion offers professional journals, books, and events closely related to legal practice. Lexxion’s products cover topics such as Competition law, State aid law, Public Procurement, Public-Private Partnerships, EU Funds, Food Law, Chemical law and Climate Law at the European level. In 2013 we have launched the State Aid Uncovered blog as a Lexxion imprint, in 2018 the CoRe Blog followed.

Michele Giannino

Michele is an Italian qualified lawyer. He holds a LLM in European Law from University of Leicester and also gained a PHD in Competition Law at the Queen Mary of University of London defending a thesis on the regulation of transnational mergers. Active researcher on competitin and IP law, he advises clients on civil and business law.

Tom Verdonk

Tom is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Leuven’s Institute for Consumer, Competition & Market. He obtained his LL.B. (Utrecht Law College programme) and his LL.M. (Law and Economics, cum laude) at Utrecht University. During his studies he worked as a paralegal for a competition law firm in Amsterdam. Prior to joining the University of Leuven, he completed internships at law firms in Amsterdam and Brussels and a Dutch Senate delegation. His Ph.D. research focuses on the economic regulation of agricultural inputs markets, taking into account (unfair) competition law, intellectual property and agricultural policy.

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