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Mergers: European Commission opens in-depth investigation into Air Canada's proposed acquisition of Transat Air

Mergers: European Commission opens in-depth investigation into Air Canada's proposed acquisition of Transat Air
02/06/2020

On 25 May 2020, the European Commission decided to open an in-depth investigation under the EU Merger Regulation into the acquisition of Transat by Air Canada.

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The modification of a vertical tax consolidation group into a horizontal tax consolidation group does not end the tax consolidation regime

The modification of a vertical tax consolidation group into a horizontal tax consolidation group does not end the tax consolidation regime
19/05/2020

On 14 May 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) ruled on the Luxembourg tax consolidation regime and took a very positive decision for the Luxembourg corporate taxpayers.

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European Commission requests Luxembourg to amend its tax rules on foreign securitisation enterprises & its ATAD law on EU securitisation vehicles

European Commission requests Luxembourg to amend its tax rules on foreign securitisation enterprises & its ATAD law on EU securitisation vehicles
18/05/2020

Yesterday (15 May), the European Commission sent 2 letters of formal notice to Luxembourg relating to securitisation, one objecting to more heavy tax of foreign securitisation enterprises and another one asking Luxembourg to remove the ATAD interest rules “carve out” for EU regulated securitisation vehicles.

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Have competition authorities adopted any official position concerning the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the enforcement of competition law?

Have competition authorities adopted any official position concerning the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the enforcement of competition law?
11/05/2020

On 23 March 2020, the European Competition Network (ECN), of which the European Commission and the national competition authorities of all EU Member States are members, published a Joint Statement   on the application of competition law during the COVID-19 crisis. 

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Coronavirus crisis: More flexibility for European structural and investment funds

Coronavirus crisis: More flexibility for European structural and investment funds
06/05/2020

On 23 April 2020, the European Union adopted Regulation (EU) N° 2020/558 on specific measures to provide exceptional flexibility in the use of European Structural and Investment Funds in response to the spread of COVID-19

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COVID-19: What is the Impact on the Free Movement of Persons?

COVID-19: What is the Impact on the Free Movement of Persons?
15/04/2020

The coronavirus has spread around the globe and the scale of the threat faced today underlines the imperative need for coordinated restriction measures on the free movement of people at the European level, in order to maximise the potential impact of measures taken at the national level to fight the pandemic.

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Coronavirus crisis: the European Commission extends its State aid Temporary Framework to support the economy

Coronavirus crisis: the European Commission extends its State aid Temporary Framework to support the economy
08/04/2020

The European Commission adopted on 19 March 2020 the adapted Temporary Framework to allow Member States to grant more generous aid over a longer period until the end of December 2020. 

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CJEU renders important decision on the liability of online platforms in trade mark infringement cases

CJEU renders important decision on the liability of online platforms in trade mark infringement cases
07/04/2020

On 2 April 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) rendered a judgment (C-567/18) clarifying the potential liability of Amazon and other operators of online platforms for trade mark infringement. 

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Mr. Bruno Gasparotto

BlackRock VAT case: no exemption for management services supplied for both SIFs and non-SIFs
27/03/2020

On 11 March 2020, Advocate General Pikamäe (the “AG”) of the Court of Justice of the European Union (the “CJEU”) released his opinion in the BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Ltd case (C-231/19) concerning the VAT treatment of management services supplied by a third-party provider to a fund manager 

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State Aid: Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak

State Aid: Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak
26/03/2020

On 19 March 2020, the Commission issued a Temporary Framework to enable EU Member States to provide aid in order to support the economy within the framework of the existing State aid rules

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