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30 Mar

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23 Mar

In the Picture - The Digital Markets Act: Commission tackles Big Tech

Imagine... 💭 Your undertaking develops and sells smartphone games. Most sales of your games are made through two or three app stores, which charge you a commission. They do so not only on the app sales themselves, but also on the purchases that users make within your games.

You find the commission often excessive, but no app store is willing to lower the commission. When you offer gamers the ability to make purchases within your games directly through your own website, one of the app stores threatens to stop making the games available on its platform if you don't stop doing so.

You find this to be pure intimidation and turn to your in-house counsel. She tells you that you could sue the app store for abuse of dominance or abuse of a position of economic dependency, but that these procedures are anything but straightforward. She does add that legislation will come into force later this year that could help you...

👉 Read our latest In the Picture ”The Digital Markets Act: Commission tackles Big Tech“, written by our associate Daniel Murray 

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23 Mar

Merger control & abuse of dominance update

🚨 Yesterday, the Belgian Competition Authority announced that it launched an investigation into a potential abuse of dominance by Proximus following its acquisition of EPDNET’s activities.

It did so with explicit reference to last week's Towercast judgement of the European Court of Justice. In that judgement, the Court confirmed that an acquisition can still be investigated by a competition authority under the prohibition for a company to abuse its dominant position, even if the acquisition did not require merger clearance.

The BCA did not hesitate to immediately rely on this case law to investigate a potential abuse of dominance by Proximus following its acquisition of EDPNET’s activities, an acquisition which did not require merger clearance, since EPDNET's turnover was below the merger control thresholds. And what is more, the transfer of EPDNET’s activities to Proximus was ordered by an enterprise court in insolvency proceedings.

The fear for increased deal uncertainty triggered by the Towercast judgement is now a reality. Interesting times ahead !

Want to know more? Watch out for our In The Picture next month. Or contact our merger control experts Herlinde Burez, partner, and Laura Sente, senior associate.

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17 Mar

Our rankings in Chambers Europe

Chambers Europe again ranks all practice areas of contrast, including a top ranking in band 1 for 'Competition Belgium' for the 10th consecutive year. Our Competition & EU team is the only competition team to receive this top ranking. Congratulations to our competition partner Herlinde Burez, who is now one of the 5 female partners to be included in the competition ranking. Thank you to all our clients, peers and team members for their warm recommendations. It is fantastic that our team and expertise are being recognised. Read the quotes from Chambers on our website

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16 Mar

In the Picture - subscribe now for fun cartoons!

Sneak preview  👇 Curious about the topic of our next In the Picture? 😊 Keep an eye on your mailbox. Next Thursday, you can expect a new, coloured cartoon from #Lectrr in your inbox.

With our  📷 In the Picture 📷, we break down complex legal issues into a straightforward explanation with a fun cartoon. This in English, Dutch and French.

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13 Mar

Meet us at the job fair - 15 March in Antwerp Expo

Ready, set, go ... We're all geared up for the job fair at Karel de Grote-Hogeschool and AP Hogeschool Antwerpen. Are you a student or alumni, and looking for your first job soon? Come to our stand on 15 March in the Antwerp Expo. We will be delighted to explain our vacancies and internship options to you. We very much look forward to meeting you! More info? Check out our job page  👉🔗

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09 Mar

Laura Sente promoted to senior associate @contrast

🥁 We are proud to announce the promotion of Laura Sente as senior associate. Laura is an experienced lawyer in our competition team, specialising in EU and Belgian merger control. Please join us in congratulating Laura by leaving a comment below 👏.  Would you also like to join our team? Apply for our open vacancies 1. for a senior competition & EU lawyer and 2. for a junior associate in our commercial team 👉 

#lawfirm #lawyers #contrastpromotions #contrasttalent

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07 Mar

Discover our e-Survey!

💡 Have you not yet discovered the just-launched M&A e-Survey? This online tool contains all the results from the Fifth M&A Survey (paperback).
Read more reasons why, as a professional, you should not miss it:
1. The M&A Survey results summarise a period of more than 16 years in the M&A market, as contrast is the first to launch this tool in Belgium.
2. No fewer than 87 investment companies, financial services firms and law firms participated in the fifth M&A Survey. 
3. The BVA | Belgian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association ( also actively supported the M&A Survey. 
4. Participants provided detailed feedback in the fifth M&A Survey on almost 500 share purchase deals. This for a total deal value of approximately 25 billion euros.
5. The M&A e- Survey now also allows you to view these results on your mobile phone, tablet and/or laptop. So all the necessary data at your fingertips. At the office, during a negotiation or on the road.
Interested? Click on the following link to download the M&A e-Survey 👉🔗
#corporatelaw #MandA #survey #lawyer #contrastpublications #fitforpurpose

06 Mar

Spring intern started within our team

Today, our spring intern Jules Guns from UC Leuven-Limburg started. In the coming months, he will complete his graduate internship as a paralegal within our team. We warmly welcome him and wish him an exciting traineeship. Good luck Jules! Are you also a (student) paralegal and interested in joining our team on a permanent basis? Discover our paralegal vacancies 👉 🔗 

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02 Mar

Launch of our e-Survey!

📣 Great news! Our fifth M&A Survey is now also available as ePub. This means that you can consult the most important variables and conditions in acquisition agreements not only on paper, but now faster and more efficiently via your laptop, tablet and/or mobile phone. In short, you have all the data at your fingertips at any moment. A fantastic tool for all your M&A deals! Discover it for yourself 👉🔗M&A e-Survey

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