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2019 Antitrust Advent Calendar

2019 Antitrust Advent Calendar

Another exciting year for competition law! To review 2019, D’Kart asked personalities from the antitrust community to answer one question: “Looking back to the competition law year 2019 – what is most remarkable in your view?” This time, however, differing from our approach in 2018 and 2017, we decided to listen to the young generation of competition law folks: Men and women from our community who have already started their careers but who – probably – have not yet reached…

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If the D’Kart newsletter comes exceptionally on a pre-Christmas Sunday, it’s for a good reason. To wish you a pleasant Sunday, to remind you of looking at the entries in the 2019 Antitrust Advent Calendar and for the purpose of literary criticism: a very well-known colleague has published a novel (in German), and you rightly want to know what it is like on the day of publication. Rupprecht Podszun read it for you. And since you are not going to…

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Conference Debriefing (16): Die 10. GWB-Novelle beim 6. Berliner Kolloquium des FIW

Conference Debriefing (16): Die 10. GWB-Novelle beim 6. Berliner Kolloquium des FIW

Während das Team von D’Kart noch Päckchen für die dritte Ausgabe des Antitrust Advent Calendar packt, der am 1.12. beginnen wird, geht andernorts die Diskussion um die 10. GWB-Novelle weiter, z.B. in Berlin, wohin das FIW geladen hat, um die Pläne hochrangig zu diskutieren. Florian Bien war dabei. Veranstaltung: 6. Berliner Kolloquium des FIW, des Forschungsinstituts für Wirtschaftsverfassung und Wettbewerb. Anlass und Thema: Die bevorstehende 10. GWB-Novelle. Diskussionsgrundlage: Die vorläufige Fassung des immer noch nicht offiziell veröffentlichten Referentenentwurfs, den D’Kart…

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And Again: Liability for Cartel Damages

And Again: Liability for Cartel Damages

Spain has recently provided the international media with more than just one news story worthy of making frontpage headlines. From a competition law perspective, the next big thing could just have been launched from Barcelona. The Audiencia Provincial de Barcelona, has decided to present the European Court of Justice with some interesting questions as it requests a preliminary ruling on matters of liability for cartel damages. Here is a report by Hans-Markus Wagener. Referring court and the background of the…

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SSNIPpets (35): Fall of the Wall

SSNIPpets (35): Fall of the Wall

This weekend, Germany celebrated the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago. A day of freedom – and also a day that gave the go-ahead for the introduction of the market economy in the Eastern part of Germany. The road to competition was not easy to take. Somewhere in Western Germany, Rupprecht Podszun celebrated the day so that SSNIPpets were delayed… here they are now, the small but significant news, information and pleasantries – our pet project! An open…

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Conference Debriefing (15): Forum on the 10th amendment of the German competition act

Conference Debriefing (15): Forum on the 10th amendment of the German competition act

The tour has kicked off: In Düsseldorf, the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (“MEAE”) appeared in persona of three senior representatives to introduce and discuss the draft bill on the 10th reform of the Act against Restraints of Competition (Gesetz gegen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen or “GWB”). Anna-Jacqueline Limprecht and Hans-Markus Wagener report on how the first major test around Düsseldorf’s competition law scene went. Here is their Conference Debriefing! Event Name:                          Forum on the 10th Amendment of the GWB Venue…

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GWB10: Geplante Änderungen im Kartellbußgeldrecht

GWB10: Geplante Änderungen im Kartellbußgeldrecht

Der Referentenentwurf zur 10. GWB-Novelle sieht neben einer Modernisierung der Missbrauchsaufsicht, einer partiellen Überarbeitung der Vorschriften zur Fusionskontrolle und einigen Nachschärfungen im Kartellschadensersatzrecht auch erhebliche Änderungen im Kartellbußgeldrecht vor. Rechtsanwalt Dr. Maximilian Janssen stellt einige der wichtigsten geplanten Neuerungen in diesem Bereich vor. Die Ausführungen beziehen sich auf die Entwurfsfassung des Referentenentwurfs vom 07.10.2019, 18:14 Uhr (verfügbar zum Download hier). Neustrukturierung der §§ 81 ff. GWB Im Zuge der Umsetzung der Richtlinie (EU) 2019/1 sieht der Referentenentwurf (RefE) eine grundlegende Neustrukturierung…

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Quo vadis Vertical BER? – The Bundeskartellamt’s Background Paper

Quo vadis Vertical BER? – The Bundeskartellamt’s Background Paper

The Bundeskartellamt just held its annual meeting with professors and judges, this time discussing the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation. In preparation, the German authority issued a background paper. Florian Wagner-von Papp read the paper. Here is his report! A note from the editor: On Monday, we posted a synopsis and translation of some important rules in the draft bill (GWB-Referentenentwurf) in our blog. There were a few mistakes in that document that we have now corrected. Apologies. We kindly ask…

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The draft bill of the German competition act

The draft bill of the German competition act

Today, D’Kart documents the draft bill of the German competition act, the Gesetz gegen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen (GWB). As a small service for our loyal readers, we have also compiled a consolidated version of particularly important rules in German and English. D’Kart publishes the version of the draft of 7 October 2019, 18:14 – both documents, the draft bill as well as the partial version with consolidation and translation are of course provided without any guarantee. The occasion: ECN+ The draft bill…

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Conference Debriefing (14): Studienvereinigung zu Kartellbußgeldverfahren

Conference Debriefing (14): Studienvereinigung zu Kartellbußgeldverfahren

In der regionalen Arbeitssitzung der rheinischen Kartellrechtler der Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht stand die neuere Entscheidungspraxis im Kartellordnungswidrigkeitenrecht auf der Agenda. Angesichts der Verwerfungen in verschiedenen Bußgeldverfahren der vergangenen Monate war das Thema bestens gesetzt. Für D’Kart gibt die Düsseldorfer Kartellrechtlerin Laura Delgado Pazos einen Einblick, wie es war. Konferenzname: Arbeitssitzung der Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht im Rheinland Thema: Aktuelle Entscheidungen in Kartellbußgeldsachen – Wechselwirkungen von Kartellrecht und Strafprozessrecht Ort & Zeit: Die Räumlichkeiten stellte Daniel Dohrn, Oppenhoff & Partner, Köln, für die Regionalgruppe…

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