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State Aid Post‑Brexit

European Union, United Kingdom - April 19 2018 The EU State aid rules are designed to protect the free market between EU member states. They do this by ensuring that Governments do not distort…

Robert Bell

Ofcom continues to vigorously police UK mobile spectrum

United Kingdom - April 9 2018 Consumers using their phones likely have little idea of the fierce battles mobile companies undertake to provide their handsets with better reception…

Robert Bell

Caution When Exporting Luxury Goods

European Union, North Korea, Syria - March 29 2018 Luxury goods retailers must be cautious when exporting luxury goods, especially when they are leaving the EU. There are special rules applicable to…

Flux Capacitors - EU Commission fines cartel €254m

European Union - March 26 2018 In February we reported on how a member of a maritime carrier cartel had saved itself a €200m fine under the EU’s leniency procedure. Showing the…

Robert Bell

Is Apple’s Shazam acquisition the next Facebook-Instagram-Whatsapp?

Germany, USA - February 13 2018 On 6 February 2018, the EU Commission announced that it had accepted a referral request from a number of EU countries to assess Apple’s acquisition of…