National Industrial Strategy 2030 and Competition Law – size matters?

National Industrial Strategy 2030 and Competition Law – size matters?

Germany’s National Industrial Strategy 2030 emotionalised competition experts: The proposal by the German Minister of Economic Affairs, Peter Altmaier, contains questions and answers that can be called “controversial”. On D’Kart, we continue the debate with a contribution by Johannes Persch – after economists had their say and Altmaier’s Director General Philipp Steinberg. At the beginning of February, Germany’s Minister of Economics, Peter Altmaier, presented the National Industrial Strategy 2030 (“NIS”). It’s guiding principle is „size matters“. It speaks of international…

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Conference Debriefing (8): Kartellschadensersatzklagen und europäischer Justizwettbewerb aus französischer Sicht

Conference Debriefing (8): Kartellschadensersatzklagen und europäischer Justizwettbewerb aus französischer Sicht

Paris ist natürlich die Stadt der Liebe – aber auch die Hauptstadt des französischen Kartellrechts. Florian Bien hat sich, in zweiterer Mission, an die Seine begeben. Anlass war eine Tagung zum Kartellschadensersatzrecht. Hier ist, pour les amis de D’Kart, sein Conference Debriefing. Tagungen zur Umsetzung der (überwiegend minimalharmonisierenden) Schadensersatzrichtlinie sind mittlerweile in Mode gekommen (siehe nur hier und hier). Das Thema hat unter Kartellrechtlern das Interesse an der innereuropäischen Privatrechts­ver­gleichung neu geweckt. Die Praxis folgt gebannt, bieten sich für Kläger…

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SSNIPpets (26): Onboarding

SSNIPpets (26): Onboarding

When things come to a head, there is only one thing left for your correspondent to do: keep calm and carry on. And so, at the end of an exciting competition week, Rupprecht Podszun brings everything back into his very own chaotic order. Here are his SSNIPpets – small but significant news, information and pleasantries – our pet project! Sie können diesen Text auch in Deutsch lesen – ändern Sie einfach die Sprache! Get in, please! While I am sitting…

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National Industrial Strategy 2030 – Relax, take it easy!

National Industrial Strategy 2030 – Relax, take it easy!

When Peter Altmaier, Germany’s Minister of Economics, presented his National Industrial Strategy 2030 there was uproar with competition lawyers and economists. Philipp Steinberg, one of the thought leaders in the Ministry, sets out his thoughts in D’Kart today. Dieser Text ist auch auf Deutsch verfügbar. Klicken Sie dazu einfach oben rechts auf die Flagge. Globalisation is a fact that Europe and all countries need to accept. Europe is a global player and has no reason to fear global competition. Competition…

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ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting 2019 – The take-away messages

ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting 2019 – The take-away messages

The Antitrust Spring Meeting of the American Bar Association (ABA) is often seen as the most important meeting of antitrust lawyers – even though it happens to take place in a jurisdiction that is not really at the forefront of enforcement at present. This time, the ABA meeting took place for the 67th time and it again drew a wow-crowd to Washington D.C. D’Kart asked nine distinguished participants for their “key take-away message” in one sentence. Well, since there was…

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Miba/Zollern: The next ministerial authorisation of a banned merger?

Miba/Zollern: The next ministerial authorisation of a banned merger?

A few days ago, German media surprised us with the fact that they had found something in a somewhat older edition of the Federal Gazette. An interesting discovery had been made: another application for ministerial approval had been submitted to the Ministry of Economics. This instrument of German antitrust law allows the Federal Minister of Economics to override a decision of the competition agency (Bundeskartellamt) on reasons of the common good. This is exciting for every antitrust lawyer, especially for…

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Kartellrecht und Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit – Bericht aus Würzburg

Kartellrecht und Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit – Bericht aus Würzburg

Kartellrecht und Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit, das ist ein Thema im Schatten: Weil vieles in Vertraulichkeit bleibt, wissen wir immer noch recht wenig darüber. Licht ins Dunkel brachte eine Tagung an der Universität Würzburg, die Prof. Dr. Florian Bien veranstaltete. Rüdiger Morbach und Thomas Pelikan berichten. Zum 12. Studientag „Kartellrecht und Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit“ des Studienkreises Wettbewerb und Innovation trafen in den alten Gemäuern der Würzburger Residenz am 22.3.2019 zwei Welten aufeinander: Die internationale Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit, Domäne der Privatautonomie, und das Kartellrecht, zwingendes staatliches Ordnungsrecht zum…

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Furman Report: Her Majesty’s New Digital Antitrust Law

Furman Report: Her Majesty’s New Digital Antitrust Law

While the UK is trying to escape a #HardBrexit and is making friends with a #Brextension, the final report of the “Digital Competition Expert Panel“ led by Jason Furman, former chief economist under Barack Obama, was published on March 13, 2019. The British are thus presenting some far-reaching proposals for a new digital antitrust law. Adrian Deuschle shares his thoughts. So, what’s going on in the digital economy? In the first chapter, the business model of online platforms is presented,…

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The “undertaking” is liable in antitrust tort law! – ECJ in Skanska

The “undertaking” is liable in antitrust tort law! – ECJ in Skanska

The European Court of Justice’s judgment in Skansa was anticipated with excitement. This damage claim case has the potential to change European competition law – since it deals with the question whether the definition of undertaking is the same for damage claims as for fining. Patrick Hauser and Jörn Kramer report on one of the top cases in 2019. Introduction The Skanska decision has been highly anticipated, as it has/had the potential to shape antitrust tort law to a considerable…

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Conference Debriefing (7): International Competition Conference Berlin

Conference Debriefing (7): International Competition Conference Berlin

Every two years the competition community meets in Berlin upon invitation by the Bundeskartellamt. This year, the stage was set for good entertainment: Peter Altmaier, the German Minister for Economic Affairs with a taste for industrial policy, was to face Andreas Mundt and Margrethe Vestager, both of them global champions of enforcement. Yet, as Rupprecht Podszun found out, two other speakers stole the headlines. Here is his Conference Debriefing! Name of Conference: 19th International Competition Conference, known as “IKK” for…

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