Nota Bene Episode 160: European Update: Oliver Heinisch and Scott Maberry Talk Protectionism, Competition Enforcement, and Data Protection


In this episode, Sheppard Mullin partner Oliver Heinisch joins host Scott Maberry to discuss international law and policy trends in Europe, including the race for green energy, greater protectionism, and the outlook for competition enforcement.


What We Discussed in This Episode:

  • What are some implications of new signs of protectionism between the EU and the United States, particularly in terms of the green energy transition?
  • How will green energy subsidies work under the new EU's Foreign Subsidies Regulation?
  • How does the EU expect to subsidize the green energy transition, and at the same time consider punishing subsidies by the United States under the Inflation Reduction Act?
  • How should companies be preparing for the EU Foreign Subsidies Regulation?
  • What are the emerging issues in competition enforcement in the United States and EU?
  • Where do you see Foreign Direct Investment Controls heading and how does that add to the complexity of doing business in Europe?
  • What's the Digital Markets Act process?
  • What is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and how is it being enforced?

About Oliver Heinisch

As a partner in the Antitrust & Competition Group practicing out of Sheppard Mullin’s London and Brussels offices, Oliver Heinisch advises on all areas of EU, UK and German competition law with a focus on international cartel and abuse of dominance procedures, including related antitrust litigation matters as well as merger control law. He also advises on the interface between intellectual property and competition law, mainly in the context of complaint cases, investigations of competition authorities and intellectual property litigation.

While most of Oliver's clients are technology, consumer electronics and life sciences companies, he also works with financial services, private equity, insurance, automotive, industrial, fashion and food clients. In addition to counseling clients on distribution agreements, parallel imports, IP licensing, R&D and cooperation arrangements, Oliver also assists companies working to comply with EU product regulations, particularly in the area of medical devices, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. He also regularly provides clients with counsel regarding BREXIT and data protection and GDPR-related issues.

A qualified UK and German lawyer, Oliver maintains offices in both London and Brussels. He is ranked in the major legal directories and consistently recognized as an expert in the field.

About Scott Maberry

As an international trade partner in Governmental Practice, J. Scott Maberry counsels clients on global risk, international trade, and regulation. He is also a past co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group for the Washington D.C. office, serves on the firm's pro bono committee, and is a founding member of the Sheppard Mullin Organizational Integrity Group.

Scott's practice includes representing clients before the U.S. government agencies and international U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS), the Department of Commerce Import Administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the International Trade Commission (ITC), the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS), He also represents clients in federal court and grand jury proceedings, as well as those pursuing negotiations and dispute resolution under the World Trade Organization (WTO), North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other multilateral and bilateral agreements.

A member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network, Scott also advises the WEF community in the areas of global risk, international trade, artificial intelligence and values.

Contact Information

Oliver Heinisch

Scott Maberry

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