Nota Bene Episode 89: European Q3 Check In - Merger Clearance and Data Protection Court Rulings and Brexit Updates with Oliver Heinisch


There is a lot currently happening in the European Union. From the latest European Court opinions with respect to merger clearance, dominance violations, data protection and state aid to Brexit, we’re checking in with our European expert, Oliver Heinisch, to hear the latest developments.

Oliver is a partner in the Antitrust and Competition Practice Group in Sheppard Mullin’s London and Brussels offices. Oliver 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 regularly advises clients on questions relating to the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

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What We Discuss in This Episode:

  • What was the result of the Facebook antitrust case regarding the collection of data in Germany?
  • What will Facebook need to do going forward to comply with the Court’s judgment?
  • How will the Facebook court decision impact other tech companies in Europe?
  • How did one EU court treat a case about transatlantic digital commerce and the privacy shield?
  • Is the European Union far ahead of the U.S. when it comes to creating unified laws around data protection?
  • How did the Court of Justice handle a European Commission decision that had prohibited a merger between two major players in the telecommunications industry?
  • What did the European Commission decide regarding the Apple tax State Aid case in Ireland?
  • Are the deal dynamics of Brexit dead? What’s the latest update as we approach the December 31, 2020 deadline?
  • Who stands to be hurt the most by a Brexit deal?


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