Introduction The growth of e-commerce over the last decade has had a significant impact on most if not all retail markets. Trends like the increased importance of online sales, price transparency and the emergence of new market players such as online platforms significantly affected the distribution and pricing strategies of both manufacturers and retailers, not…

On March 25, the European Commission (EC) fined Nike €12.5 million for restricting cross-border and online sales of branded merchandise by its European licensees. In December last year, the EC fined Guess €40 million for imposing restrictions on the use of its brand by distributors online. In total in 2018, the EC imposed fines of…

On December 17, 2018, the European Commission (EC) imposed on the clothing company Guess a hefty penalty of EUR 40 million for allegedly severe restrictions relating to the online sales activities of its authorized distributors.  The full text of the Decision was published by the EC on January 25, 2019. While the substance of the…

This item was written by my colleague Anita Banicevic While most consumers know that their clicks and “likes” leave a digital trail, the rise of the digital economy has led to a spike in the volume and types of data being created and collected. If data is “the new oil,” it’s no surprise that regulators…

75th Lunch Talk of the Global Competition Law Center Friday, May 22, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM The E-Commerce Sector Inquiry: What, Why and How? Thomas KRAMLER, DG COMP, European Commission James WEBBER, Shearman & Sterling Moderator: Damien GERARD, GCLC Programme: 12:00 – 12:30: Sandwich lunch and socializing 12:30 – 13:30: Presentations and…