Competition & Regulatory

Amendments to the Commission’s antitrust procedural rules adopted

On 3 August 2015 the European Commission adopted amendments to Regulation 773/2004 and four related Commission Notices relating to the conduct of antitrust proceedings by the Commission pursuant to Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

New Financial List in the High Court

The Lord Chief Justice has announced that a specialist financial court is to be established.  The new “Financial List” will deal with claims of more than £50 million and cases that raise issues concerning the domestic and international financial markets.


Media Newsletter July 2015

This is our monthly Media Newsletter produced by our German office. It covers the latest legal and regulatory developments in the media sector across both Germany and Europe.


European Commission issues formal charges in its investigation into Pay TV content licensing arrangements

On 23 July 2015 the European Commission (the “Commission”) sent a Statement of Objections to six major Hollywood studios (Disney, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros) and Sky UK alleging that certain clauses in content licensing agreements between Sky UK and those studios restrict the cross-border provision of pay TV services and are in breach of EU competition law. In addition to the implications that this case may have on existing and future commercial licensing deals, the Commission’s actions also provide an indication as to how it intends to proceed on proposed changes to copyright rules across the European Union.

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