Insights & news

Alex Stratakis to speak in a panel discussion on Brexit and UK Competition Law

  • 06/10/2021
  • News

On 7 October Van Bael & Bellis partner and head of our UK Competition Practice will participate in a panel discussion on "Brexit & Competition law: What Greek/EU lawyers and businesses need to know about the new era of UK competition law". 

Other panellists are Dr. Andriani Kalintiri, Lecturer in Competition Law at King's College London. The panel will be moderated by Kyriakos Fountoukakos, Managing Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills in Brussels.

Further information can be found here

Key contacts

Related practice areas

Related insights

Sign up for updates
    • 13/10/2022
    • News

    Distribution across Europe and the UK Verticals regime: Do you really need to mind the “gap”?

    Long awaited developments over the summer provided some appreciable clarity on the refreshed UK distribution regime (following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU). In particular, pursuant to a consultation process that ran almost in parallel to the equivalent EU process, and also adopting the same analytical framework as the EU (see VBB Insights of 27 June 2022), the UK has also now introduced a new verticals agreements block exemption order and accompanying CMA guidance.

    Read more
    • 29/06/2021
    • News

    Isabelle Van Damme speaks on “The Brussels effect as a model of regulatory design” at the Institute for European Law at KU Leuven

    On 25 June 2021, Van Bael & Bellis partner Isabelle Van Damme spoke at the closing event of the academic year entitled “The Brussels effect and Brexit” organized by the Institute for European law at KU Leuven. The topic of Isabelle’s presentation was “The Brussels effect as a model of regulatory design”. Isabelle looked at the promotion of the EU’s internal and external interests which is increasingly driven by the regulation of global externalities: the so-called Brussels effect seen as a model of regulatory design rather than market-driven, visible in the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement. The other speaker was Prof. Anu Bradford, Columbia Law School, who opened the event and spoke on the topic of “The Brussels Effect: How the European Union Rules the World”. Further information on the event is available here.

    Read more
    • 19/03/2021
    • Articles

    Brexit - Medicinal Products - Commission Temporarily Redesigns Supply Chains to Cyprus, Ireland, Malta and Northern Ireland

    On 17 March 2021, the Official Journal of the European Union published Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/457 of 13 January 2021 “amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/161 as regards a derogation from the obligation of wholesalers to decommission the unique identifier of products exported to the United Kingdom” (see, attached copy; the Delegated Regulation). The Delegated Regulation gives effect to a Commission Notice of 23 December 2020 in which the European Commission addressed the issues faced by market operators in Cyprus, Ireland, Malta and Northern Ireland, which are historically dependent on the United Kingdom for their medicine supplies, in complying with the EU’s pharmaceutical acquis following Brexit (see, Van Bael & Bellis Life Sciences News Alert of 23 December 2020). One of the issues identified was that there are currently no importers holding a manufacturing authorisation in Cyprus, Ireland, Malta and Northern Ireland. However, a manufacturing authorisation is required to affix a unique identifier on medicinal products which are imported from outside the EU and placed on the market in the EU. As there are currently no wholesalers in Cyprus, Ireland, Malta and Northern Ireland which can affix a unique identifier on medicinal products that are imported from the United Kingdom, the Delegated Regulation makes it possible for medicinal products which are exported from the EU to the United Kingdom to maintain their initial unique identifier. More precisely, the Delegated Regulation introduces a temporary derogation from the obligation of EU wholesalers to decommission the unique identifier of any medicinal products which they distribute in the United Kingdom. This will facilitate onward distribution of the medicines from the United Kingdom to the cited EU Member States and Northern Ireland. The exemption applies retroactively from 1 January 2021 and will apply until 31 December 2021. The unique identifier was introduced by the Falsified Medicines Directive (Directive 2011/62/EU) with a view to allowing wholesalers and healthcare professionals to verify the authenticity of medicinal products and to identify individual packs.

    Read more

Subscribe to our updates

Please select the practice areas you are interested in: *