No branch of European law has been as subject to expansion and change as
competition law. Between the enormous forces of globalisation, technology, and
EU enlargement, the Commission and national competition authorities have been
compelled to keep rethinking their practices and procedures and issuing new
regulations. Now, in the wake of its highly acclaimed predecessors, the new
Third Edition of European Competition Law offers the
practitioner everything required to act in accordance with the latest
developments in the field.
Along with the thorough guide to continuing practice that its readers have
come to expect, European Competition Law in its Third Edition
fully covers such areas as the following:
the Commission's new assessment of distribution practices and vertical
restraints, in particular the block exemptions granted by Regulations
2790/1999 and 1400/2002;
procedure before national competition authorities and national courts for
enforcement of European rules under Regulation 1/2003;
the new Merger Control Regulation in force as of 1 May 2004;
the new Transfer of Technology Regulation; and,
the increased fines for hard-core cartel practices or abuse of dominant market
The Third Edition is remarkable in that it actually previews the substantive
and procedural rules that will be coming into effect during 2004 and
subsequent years. And, like prior editions, the work has no peer in its
coverage of past administrative practice and the case law of the Court of
Justice. All in all, European Competition Law, Third
Edition, will be of immeasurable value to practitioners who need to keep
informed about how EC competition laws are applied, so they can continue to
render practical, meaningful advice to firms whose agreements, transactions
and conduct in the marketplace are governed by competition rules.
Chapter I. Fundamentals of EC Competition Law. Chapter II.
Article 81 General Principles. Chapter III. Permitted, Prohibited and
Exemptible Forms of Horizontal Cooperation Between Actual or Potential
Competitors. Chapter IV. Vertical Restraints of Competition in
Distribution and Purchasing Agreements. Chapter V. Abuse of Dominant
Position. Chapter VI. Mergers, Joint Ventures and Shareholdings under
the Merger Control Regulation and Articles 81 and 82. Chapter VII.
Industrial and Intellectual Property Rights and EC Law. Chapter VIII.
Application of Articles 81 and 82 in Special Sectors. Chapter IX.
Government-Induced Distortions of Competition. Chapter X. Enforcement
and Procedure. Table of Fines. Index