EU, Competition & Public Law (57)

It has been ‘all-change’ in Portugal’s competition regime, says Mário Marques Mendes, Founding Partner of Marques Mendes & Associados. A new law and personnel change at the Portuguese Competition Authority (PCA) have seen a revamp in enforcement attitudes. Professor António Ferreira Gomes, former Head of the PCA’s Merger Control Department, was also recently appointed as the new President. And the combination is expected to lead to a fresh approach to enforcement.
With market dominance by global technology companies, competition analysis in the face of such size and complexity is providing new challenges
Portugal’s post-bailout obligations to open up its state-controlled assets to private bidders has already seen prize assets such as ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, CTT – Correios de Portugal, and TAP offered to market. Now, according to José Luis Esquível, Managing Partner of Esquível Advogados, it is the major domestic passenger transit concessions in Portugal that are next on the list.
Friday, 20 December 2013 13:07

Boosting competition authority - VdA

As other European countries merge their competition and regulatory authorities, the big question is whether Portugal will follow their example
Since the Competition Act 2007 was enacted, the Spanish Competition Authority has been growing in stature. And its recent merger with several regulatory authorities, into the National Commission for Markets and Competition, might give it even more power, according to Pedro Suárez, Head of EU and Competition at Ramón y Cajal Abogados.
Friday, 24 February 2012 12:18

EU & Competition e-Report 2012


46_downIncreasing budgetary pressures mean that there is a need for continued creativity among financiers, investors and concessionaires as Portugal’s Government seeks to stop, reassess and in some cases renegotiate existing contracts, says José Luís Esquível, Founding Partner of Lisbon projects boutique Esquível Advogados.
46The creation of a new dedicated Competition Court may significantly alter how appeals of the national competition authority are determined
Tuesday, 21 February 2012 16:20

Challenging Trade Associations - GOLD Abogados

45_downEuropean Commission (EC) guidelines intended to toughen up the enforcement of anti-cartel practices in 2011 may have escaped the attention of many Spanish Trade Associations but they are encouraging an increasingly strict approach by the Spanish competition authority, says Gerard Pérez Olmo, Competition Partner with GOLD Abogados in Madrid.
An inability, or lack of willingness, by national regulators to enforce competition rules is prompting the European Commission and private parties to step in
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