Antitrust & Trade Regulation

Continuing our podcast series on price gouging laws, members of our global antitrust lawyers focus on the situation around price gouging (excessive pricing) in the EU, France, Germany and the UK in our latest instalment. The COVID-19 crisis has cast new light on excessive pricing practices in Europe, our team explains the impact the pandemic has had on enforcement activity and suggest practical ways that businesses can protect themselves from price gouging practices. Please click
In certain jurisdictions, having a tailored and comprehensive compliance programme in place may reduce the size of a fine resulting from anticompetitive activity. Members from across our global competition team have come together to analyse the approaches of key jurisdictions and whether they offer discounts for businesses that have breached competition rules but have a compliance programme in place. We have found that, in general, there is a trend towards more jurisdictions considering reductions on…
The Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division updated its Merger Remedies Manual for the first time in more than a decade.  The updates improve upon the 2004 Manual by providing a significantly more detailed account of the Division’s approach to preserving competition pre- and post-merger. Our team highlights the various revisions and additions to the Manual in our recent alert.…
As the Amsterdam Court of Appeal recently confirmed in Action Sport v Nike (decision of 14 July 2020, ECLI:NL:GHAMS:2020:2004), the prohibition of sales on third-party platforms contained in selective distribution agreements of brand manufacturers in the EU can be in line with EU competition law irrespective of whether or not the relevant products are luxurious. The Appeal Court’s decision confirmed the judgment of the lower instance court that arose out of a dispute between Nike and…
As part of Reed Smith’s three -part global price gouging podcast series, this week our regulatory enforcement lawyers Dora Wang and Asha Sharma analyse the rules and regulations designed to tackle price gouging in the People’s Republic of China, and to deal with anti-competitive conduct in Hong Kong. In the episode, Dora and Asha also consider how one can report price gouging/anti-competitive conduct, as well as defend oneself against antitrust risks or price gouging…
Our U.S. team members recently joined Reed Smith’s Countering the Crisis podcast to provide an overview of the U.S. laws around price gouging in light of COVID-19. The episode addresses various ways to spot and report alleged price gouging, as well as ways to protect against price gouging claims. Our team also shares their thoughts on pending legislation and what clients can expect in today’s changing landscape. This is the first of a three-part podcast…