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Reform of German merger control rules: Important changes for real estate transactions

On 14 January 2021, German Parliament passed a comprehensive reform of the German Act against Restraints of Competition ("ARC"). The most important amendments concern the...


The treasure hunt is on... Data access claims after the reform of German competition law

"The world's most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data" (The Economist, 6.5.2017). This catchy (albeit not quite accurate) comparison is likely to take the leading...


First mover advantage? Reform of abuse control in German competition law

On 14 January 2021, the German parliament passed the long-awaited 10th amendment to the Act against Restraints of Competition (ARC). This came after the governing parties, CDU/CSU and SPD,...


"Less is more" – Germany eases merger control requirements

On 14 January, the German Parliament passed far-reaching amendments of German antitrust law, the Act against Restraints of Competition (ARC), which also affect merger control. The...


Welcoming new IPMT partners and counsel in 2021

We are delighted to announce our new IPMT partners and counsel. The promoted members of the IPMT practice span patents, trademarks, unfair competition, domain names, copyright,...


Overview of EU, German federal and German states’ financing measures for companies responding to COVID-19

In response to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and market uncertainty, plethora of financing measures was introduced at EU level, German federal level and German states...


Like the movies… – The ECJ’s Paramount judgment (C‑132/19 P)

Settlements are a frequently used means of efficiently terminating proceedings, not only in cartel cases but also in other antitrust proceedings. The EU Commission can avoid having to spend ...


Faster, greener and more digital

On November 25, 2020, the EU Commission adopted an action plan for intellectual property to promote recovery and resilience in the EU – its plan for a new IP strategy. The focus is...


This time's for real

Foreign investment control has become a key factor in M&A deals and 2020 has been an eventful year. A large number of economies have introduced foreign investment control regimes or...

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