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FinTech Update | July 2018

The FinTech sector is red-hot right now. It is becoming a major focus for nearly all firms, from traditional financial institutions significantly increasing their FinTech investments, to the tech start-ups...

Written on: 30 Jul 2018

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French Minister of Economy triggers Phase III and decides to examine a merger operation already cleared by the French Competition Authority

On 14 June 2018, the French Competition Authority (FCA) cleared a merger in the canned pre-prepared meals market involving the sole control acquisition by Financière Cofigeo (Cofigeo) of certain securities...

Written on: 26 Jul 2018

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French Competition Authority announces measures aimed at simplifying merger control rules

On 7 June 2018, the French Competition Authority (FCA) released a statement regarding changes and measures to simplify and modernise its merger control rules. Based on a review of recent cases...

Written on: 26 Jul 2018

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French Supreme Court rules that the notion of economic entity is not applicable to torts resulting from unfair competition conduct

On 14 February 2018, the French Supreme Court confirmed the Paris Court of Appeal's recent interpretation of "single economic entity" (or "undertaking"), finding that a parent company cannot be held...

Written on: 26 Jul 2018

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TOP SECRET! How have Member States implemented the new EU Trade Secrets Directive?

All businesses hold confidential information. For some, confidential know-how can be at least as important as registered IP such as patents. Yet the legal protections given to trade secrets across...

Written on: 8 Jun 2018

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French Competition Authority concludes its market inquiry into online advertising and announces possible investigations

On 6 March 2018, the French Competition Authority (FCA) released the result of its 2-year inquiry into the online advertising sector. The report describes a thriving yet increasingly complex market,...

Written on: 23 May 2018

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French Anti-Corruption Authority issues precise and detailed guidelines on compliance programs

The French anti-corruption law issued on 9 December  2016 (Sapin II) requires companies with more than 500 employees and a turnover of more than EUR 100 million to have implemented...

Written on: 17 May 2018

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New Deal for Consumers | EU proposes substantial reforms to consumer law, including GDPR-level fines

Following a major evaluation of the EU consumer law directives, the EU has announced its long-awaited "New Deal for Consumers", which proposes the following key changes: 1. GDPR-level fines: The New...

Written on: 19 Apr 2018

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International Competition Update | March 2018

  As we move into the spring, the competition authorities seem to be working hard to update and clarify their respective remits and procedures, from the Italian Competition Authority grappling...

Written on: 29 Mar 2018

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