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Spotlight on gaming: Key takeaways from Gamescom and Devcom

September 01, 2023

The gaming industry has always been an early adopter of artificial intelligence (AI) and we are already seeing how it enhances virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) gaming experiences.

Exclusionary practices by dominant players in light of recent case law in the digital sector?

November 30, 2022

On 14 September 2022, the General Court confirmed the decision of the European Commission fining Google for having imposed unlawful restrictions on manufacturers of Android mobile devices and mobile network operators to consolidate its dominant position on the search engine market.

A new approach to referrals under the EU Merger Regulation

September 27, 2022

The European Commission (along with the US FTC and DOJ, UK CMA, German FCO and others), has been focused on ensuring that so-called “killer acquisitions” in the digital and life sciences sectors are reviewed. Against this background, the General Court’s decision in Illumina/Grail is of key importance to companies acquiring start-ups.

New EU Anti-Subsidy Regulation: Is the tech sector ready?

February 01, 2022

The European Union’s (EU’s) proposed new competition law regime, the Anti-Subsidy Regulation, seems on track to be finalised by mid-2022 and to apply from early 2023. The Anti-Subsidy Regulation was formally proposed in May 2021 but closely tracks a 2020 white paper. It will create mandatory new M&A notification and approval requirements based on a broad new group-wide, global financial metric, “financial contributions,” starting with multinationals’ 2020 financial years.

This article considers the proposal and its impact on the technology sector.

The UK's new NSI regime

December 06, 2021

The UK’s new, more extensive national security regime enters into force on January 4, 2022.

Antitrust in the Biden Administration

August 31, 2021

The "Executive Order", issued by Biden in July, challenges the use of monopoly power by dominant industry players in the technology sector

Technology joint ventures: Partnering for the future

May 06, 2021

This article examines the key aspects of joint ventures in the technology sector and the particular issues and challenges that these joint ventures raise.

EU Commission scales Vertical Block Exemption Mountain

January 11, 2021

Jay Modrall discusses recent changes to the EU antitrust reform agenda, including the long-awaited consultation on reform of the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (the VBER) and related Guidelines, published on December 18, 2020.

Shaken, not stirred: EU mixes big tech regulation and antitrust

January 08, 2021

Jay Modrall discusses the Digital Markets Act (DMA), the European Commission’s regulatory agenda and ongoing antitrust reform agenda in a recent article published by InformaConnect.

EU data governance regulation: A wave of digital, regulatory and antitrust reform begins - Part Three

December 17, 2020

In the third blog post of this series on the European Commission's proposed Data Governance Regulation (the DGR), we consider the DGR’s relationship to competition law rules.