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Both the importance of online sales and their scrutiny by antitrust regulators in the EU show no signs of abating. The European Commission’s (EC) E-commerce report, published in May 2017, highlighted the shift in the online commerce market, specifically noting an increase in the use of selective distribution models (where brand owners require their products to be resold in a particular way and potentially not resold on certain sites, such as online marketplaces). Whilst…
More than a year has passed since the UK voted to withdraw from the European Union without much clarity ever given to businesses on what the terms of the intra-EU trade with the remaining EU27 would look like post-March 2019.  This has led to many of our clients planning for the worst possible option, i.e. anticipating that at midnight on March 2019, the UK would formally have withdrawn from the EU without an arrangement in…
After the UK’s shock Brexit vote last month, it is now up to new Prime Minister, Theresa May, and her cabinet to formulate a plan for Britain to leave the EU. This is likely to be a long, drawn out process, with many uncertainties along the way. There is currently a huge question mark over what will happen to our trade agreements, and how we should go about negotiating the best deal for our country.…