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What is e-Competitions?

In a nutshell

e-Competitions is an online resource that provides consistent coverage of antitrust cases from 45 jurisdictions, organized into a searchable database structure. e-Competitions focuses on cases summaries in reaction to a growing number of publications attempting to cover all aspects of antitrust sources in various formats. With regard to the continuing growing number of sources, there is a need for factual information, i.e., case law. Academic analysis and articles can be found in the Institute’s sister publication, Concurrences Review.

What are e-Competitions strengths ?

- 12,700 case summaries
- 3,000 authors
- 45 countries covered
- 21,000 subscribers
- Partnerships with 7 global law firms
- Partnerships with 10 universities centres of research
- Prestigious Boards members: Eleanor Fox, Frédéric Jenny, Bill Kovacic, Ioanis Lianos...

How does e-Competitions compare to existing antitrust publications?

- e-Competitions is structured as a database. The editors make a highly sophisticated technical and legal work on all articles by tagging these with key words and drafting abstracts. The e-Competitions team comprises both antitrust lawyers – PhD and judges clerks - and IT experts.

- e-Competitions makes comparative law possible. Thanks to the expert editorial work, it is possible to search and compare cases. For example, in 3 clicks you can:

> View all squeeze-margin cases in the telecom sector in 45 countries
> Compare merger remedies approved by 45 competitions authorities
> Compare sanctions imposed in abuses cases in the health sector
> List all damage awards in antitrust cases before national courts in Europe...

Product description

- Provides detailed summaries of the most important competition case law and legislation for the whole of the EU and abroad
- Lays out cases and legislation by country, making comparisons easy
- Analyses the main legal issues arising from each case
- Clarifies how competition law has been applied by the authorities and courts in 45 jurisdictions
- Shows how similar economic and legal issues have been handled by the different national authorities
- Enables research into whether a case raising similar issues has occurred in another jurisdiction and how it was handled
- Articles link directly to the decision commented : 95 % of articles contain attachment with the original decision. These documents give subscribers direct access to the original source of the case commented.

Testimonials

- « The e-Competitions initiative has started to fill an important gap, i.e. the building of a corpus of useful information on European national doctrine, legislation and precedents. » Frédéric Jenny, Chairman of the OECD Competition Committee

- « e-Competitions is an amazing resource. It is THE place to go to find the current jurisprudence of the Member States in virtually every area of competition law. » Eleanor Fox, New York University

- « At national level, accessing cases on licensing is not quite so convenient, and we have e-Competitions to thank for providing us with the Member States cases discussed in this Foreword » David Anderson, Sidley Austin

- « The e-Competitions bulletins and case bank are very useful tools when doing so. The approach in one jurisdiction can affect other jurisdiction and in international deals which require a number of filings around the world a coherent and co-ordinated international merger control strategy is of paramount importance » Kyriakos Fountoukakos, Herbert Smith

- « This private initiative has filled in an important gap, i.e. the building of a corpus of valuable information on EU and mainly national doctrine, legislation and precedent. » Assimakis Komninos, White & Case

- « The e-Competitions case summaries are an essential tool for continued awareness of the development of EU law, not only in relation to the Court rulings… The provision of commentaries in e-Competition on the subsequent national court treatment of certain EU rulings is enlightening and provides significant added value to the service. » Barry J. Rodger, University of Strathclyde

- « e-Competitions’ concept has been very innovative from the start, not only from a technical point of view but also given its extended comparative law approach. Its implementation is impressive with a network of antitrust professionals in numerous States. It has become a very valuable source of information and an indispensable tool for knowledge and consistency for national judges in competition law and economics at national European and international levels, and especially for the members of the European Association of Competition Law Judges. » Jacqueline Riffault-Silk, Cour de cassation - President of the European Association of Competition Law Judges.

MORE ON e-COMPETITIONS

1. Format

The e-Competitions database is dedicated to case summaries and regulations summaries. Each summary contains a description of the case, the provisions implemented and a brief comment. All articles are linked to the text of the case or regulation commented in its original language.

2. Contents

12,700 case summaries on courts and national competition authorities decisions and regulations summaries (as of 1st November 2015). The focus is on national Courts’ decisions, as opposed to competition authorities’ decisions, as these are less accessible on the Internet.

3. Jurisdictions

45 jurisdictions covered. Whereas most services focus on either US, EU or UK laws, e-Competitions provides all three, making a truly international one-stop source. This network makes it possible to conduct true comparative analysis on any antitrust issue. This provides search results with national, foreign and EU case laws, which although not always binding, constitute useful precedents.

4. Authors

e-Competitions relies on a network of 2,900 antitrust experts: enforcers, academics, private practice attorneys and in-house counsels. These authors and contributors provide e-Competitions with detailed information on national and regional case laws and policies development on a weekly basis. Click here to browse the complete e-Competitions authors list.

5. Update and anteriority

The database is updated every week. The current service offers cases and regulations dating back to 1977.

6. News issues & Special issues

News Issues, published bi-weekly, contain between 30 to 50 new articles. Special Issues report all major cases summaries published since 1977 on given antitrust topics (Damages, Criminal sanctions, Leniency…) or business sectors (Healthcare, Electricity, Telecommunications, Financial services…). These Special Issues are accompanied with a Foreword or synthesis by a senior expert. See for example, Ian Forrester on Judicial Review, Eric Barbier de la Serre on Interim measures, Nicolas Petit on Price squeeze, Stephen Kinsella on Merger Judicial Review, Louis & Joseph Vogel on Automobile distribution

7. Advisory and Editorial Boards

e-Competitions draws upon highly distinguished editors, all leading experts in national or international antitrust. Advisory Board Members include: Christopher Bellamy, Eleanor Fox (NYU), Damien Géradin (Tilburg University), Barry Hawk (Fordham University), Frédéric Jenny (OECD), Ioannis Lianos (UCL), Wouter Wils (DG COMP)… Comments are requested; critics are welcome. See e-Competitions Boards.

8. Partners

e-Competitions is indebted to its partners:

- Association of European Competition Law Judges: The AECLJ, founded by Sir Christopher Bellamy, is a forum for judges of national Courts specializing in antitrust case law. Members timely feed e-Competitions with just released cases.

- Academics partners: Antitrust research centres from leading universities write regularly in e-Competitions: University College London, King’s College London, Queen Mary University… (see full list.).

- Law firms: Global law firms and antitrust niche firms write detailed cases summaries specifically for e-Competitions (see full list).

- Wolters Kluwer: A lighter version of e-Competitions articles is republished by Wolters Kluwer International. The main differences are as follow: no link to the cases/texts commented; no link to the articles cited. This ensures global dissemination of articles and better Google ranking for authors, universities centres and law firms concerned. e-Competitions retains the Institute proprietary advanced search tools, the users friendly lay out and a fulller version articles for its own subscribers.

9. Subscribers

As of 1st November 2015, there were over 21.500 subscribers to the Institute’s publications. There is an average of 35.000 visits on the website every month. Visits arise from 165 countries, the top 4 being the USA, UK, Benelux and France (source: Google Analytics). Analysis of e-Competitions registered users by occupation and localization is as follow:

- Private practice lawyers 30 %
- In-house counsels 25 %
- Enforcers 20 %
- Economists 10 %
- Academics 10 %
- Others 5 %

- Europe 45 %
- America 40 %
- Asia 10 %
- Rest of the world 5 %

10. Research programs

EU Competition Handbook: e-Competitions provides the national sections of the EU Competition Handbook, directed by Judge Marc van der Woude, Sweet & Maxwell ed. Full text of the decisions selected by the Handbook’s editors are published in e-Competitions.

11. Free version

A free version of the latest e-Competitions News Issue is available to all users. The differences with the subscription version are as follow:
- Access to the archives (all old News and Special Issues)
- Link to the commented case/regulation
- Links to the texts and cases cited in the comments
- Links towards the authors’ CVs and e-mails
- pdf printable versions
- Access to the Special Issues

12. Join The e-Competitions Project

In order to join The e-Competitions Project as a person or a firm, contributors need to commit to write at least every three months one case summary on a new decision or regulation for a given jurisdiction. Return on investment will include:
- Being associated to an antitrust resource with leading Academic and Corporate Partners
- Ensuring presence of signed articles in the tree major international databases
- Each article entitles to a 3 month access to the e-Competitions database + free access to the Concurrences lunch seminars
- Copyrights of 30 € per article (for academics and enforcers) / Fee for Corporate Partners.

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