Nota Bene Episode 55: Updates on the European Commission and Brexit with Isabelle Rahman and Oliver Heinisch

10.23.2019

With the new European Commissioner gearing up to begin her five-year leadership term and a Brexit deal on the horizon, we’re checking in on the state of affairs in the European Union (“EU”) with our two EU experts, Isabelle Rahman and Oliver Heinisch.

Isabelle Rahman is a partner in the Antitrust and Competition Practice Group in the firm’s Brussels office. She has substantial experience in the application of the EU competition rules and represents clients active in the airline, chemical, consumer products, food, life sciences/pharma, fashion, entertainment and media industries, among others.

Oliver Heinisch is a partner in the Antitrust and Competition Practice Group in the firm's London office. 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 Discussed in this Episode:

What’s going to happen now that the Commission’s mandate has come to an end after 5 years?

What will be the key focus for the European Commissioner in the new term?

What is the significance of a woman leading the European Commission (“EC”)?

What types of checks and balances exist within the EC?

What is the greatest accomplishment of the EC in the past few years?

Why the adoption of the GDPR is one of the regulations that the EU got right?

How will big tech companies be treated by the EC going forward?

Will Brexit have any affect on the strength of decision making in the EU?

What’s the latest with Brexit anyway?

Is there concern that the United Kingdom will become a competitor to the EU?

What incentive is there for the EU to want to make a deal with the UK?

Is Brexit likely to impact any industries in particular?

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