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    • 14/10/2020
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    Kris Van Hove authors article on “Revising the rulebook for competition law in digital markets in Europe”

    Van Bael & Bellis partner Kris Van Hove has authored an article on “Revising the rulebook for competition law in digital markets in Europe” published in the latest edition of Competition Policy International. Over the past few years, a flurry of expert reports and policy documents has issued from the European Commission, Member States and the UK on this topic. The article presents the commonalities in those reports and policy documents in terms of perceived competition issues and offered solutions and subjects the solutions to a critical analysis from the perspectives of necessity and proportionality. The article was co-authored by our former colleague Argyrios Papaefthymiou. The article is available under this link:

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    • 09/10/2020
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    Andrzej Kmiecik speaks at webinar on the European Commission White Paper on Foreign Subsidies organised by Wolters Kluwer

    On 8 October 2020, Van Bael & Bellis partner and head of competition Andrzej Kmiecik participated in a webinar on the European Commission White Paper on Foreign Subsidies organised by Wolters Kluwer. The webinar focused on legal, economic and policy issues related to the initiative, from both a competition and trade perspective. Andrzej’s remarks focused on the broader policy context and the legal challenges for the Commission in introducing the measures contemplated by the White Paper. The other participants were Eddy de Smijter, Head of international relations at DG Comp and leading the White Paper project, Elisabetta Righini, Partner at Latham & Watkins, Brussels, Thomas Wilson, Partner at Kirkland & Ellis, London and Roberta Piermartini, Chief of Trade Cost Analysis at WTO. Simon Bellamy, Acquisition Manager at Wolters Kluwer International Group welcomed participants and attendees to the webinar which was chaired by Paulo Brunier da Silveira, Senior Competition Expert at OECD.

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    • 28/09/2020
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    Andrzej Kmiecik speaks at the vertical restraints and distribution conference organised online by Informa Connect

    On 24 September 2020, Van Bael & Bellis partner and head of competition Andrzej Kmiecik spoke at the vertical restraints and distribution conference organised online by Informa Connect. The topic of Andrzej’s presentation was recent and future developments concerning resale price maintenance (RPM) and he looked at how the authorities now approach RPM, along with a review of recent RPM decisions as well as an analysis of the future implications of the Commission’s current evaluation of the vertical restraints regime. Further information on the conference is available here.

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    • 19/10/2020
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    VBB on Belgian Business Law, Volume 2020, No. 9

    The September 2020 issue of our Belgian Business Law newsletter reporting on the latest developments in a range of areas, including competition, data protection, intellectual property and labour law

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    • 09/10/2020
    • Newsletters

    VBB on Competition Law, Volume 2020, No. 9

    The September 2020 issue of our newsletter, VBB on Competition Law, which covers major developments in competition law at both the European Union and Member State levels.

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    • 28/09/2020
    • Articles

    Covid-19 Special Alerts │ 28 September 2020

    The VBB Alert covers Covid-19 related aspects of competition law at both the European Union and Member State levels, with a special focus on state aid measures in Belgium, Germany, Spain as well as the UK.

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