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    May 2017 - News Update EU | E-commerce Special

    10 May 2017, the European Commission published its final report on the E-commerce Sector Inquiry ("the Sector Inquiry") which was launched on 6 May 2015 as part of the Digital Market Strategy. The Sector Inquiry aimed at obtaining an insight into the prevailing market trends, the potential barriers to competition and the possible restrictive practices on the online market(s). In September 2016 the Commission published its Preliminary Report on the Sector Inquiry (see our News Update).The Preliminary Report was followed by a public consultation and a stakeholder conference ending in November 2016. Read more

    May 2017 - News Update EU May| Recent Developments

    On 4 May 2017 the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU") decided in the case of the Belgian dentist Luc Vanderborght (C-339/15) who advertised his services on his website in spite of Belgian legislation prohibiting any advertising relating to the provision of oral and dental care services. Read more

    April 2017 - Overview of recent regulatory developments in financial markets

    This overview includes a selection of relevant legal developments as regards financial markets regulation including a proposed ban on marketing of harmful financial products, the AFM focus for 2017 and leniency of DNB in respect of enforcement of variation margin requirements. Read more

    April 2017 - News Update EU | Brexit Special

    Houthoff Buruma is closely monitoring the consequences of the Brexit for its clients. Areas that are expected to be affected include trade, competition, intellectual property, data protection, dispute resolution and financial services. An intensive period of negotiations is expected to determine the UK's future relationship with the EU and its Member States. Read more

    March 2017 - News Update EU | Recent Developments - 2

    On 25 March 2017, the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaty, the leaders of the all EU Member States (except the UK), and of the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission issued a declaration on the future of the EU. Read more

    March 2017 - News Update EU March | Recent Developments - 1

    On 1 March 2017 the European Commission presented its White Paper on the future of Europe, looking at how Europe will change in the next decade. The White Paper sets out five different scenarios for Europe in 2025: (i) scenario 1: "Carry On", the EU27 focuses on delivering its positive reform agenda; Read more

    March 2017 - Houthoff Buruma's vision on the Dutch M&A Market

    Alexander Kaarls, Jetty Tukker and Willem Liedenbaum present their visions on the current Dutch M&A market. This article appears in the 6th edition of Global Legal Insights – Mergers & Acquisitions; published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London (www.globallegalinsights.com). Read more

    February 2017 - News Update EU Competition and Procurement Special

    On 3 January 2017 the Court of Appeal in Amsterdam confirmed that a public contract that is rightfully concluded after the decision in first instance, can only be challenged in very strict circumstances. One of those circumstances is nullity of the contract based on Article 3:40 of the Dutch Civil Code. Read more

    February 2017 - News Update EU State Aid Special

    In 2011, the Greek company OPAP was granted an exclusive license to operate 35.000 Video Lottery Terminals ("VLT Agreement") in Greece. Several companies filed a complaint with the Commission in which they submitted that the grant involved incompatible state aid. In 2012, the Commission concluded that the VLT Agreement was free of state aid. The complaining companies brought an action for annulment of the decision, which the General Court dismissed in 2013. Read more

    January 2017 - European Account Preservation Order Regulation entered into force

    Regulation (EU) No. 655/2014 regarding the preservation of bank accounts (European Account Preservation Order (EAPO)) entered into force on 18 January. This Regulation facilitates cross-border debt recovery. A preservation order is cross-border if a bank account is held in a Member State other than (i) the Member State of the court where the EAPO request has been submitted or (ii) the Member State where the creditor is domiciled. Read more