Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)

Andreas Reindl

Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
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Andreas Reindl is a highly experienced competition lawyer who has worked on a wide variety of competition law matters for nearly thirty years. A member of Van Bael & Bellis’ exceptional EU and UK competition team, Andreas has worked with international clients in the digital, energy, transport, financial and other sectors, advising on the full range of EU competition law issues. Andreas has worked on several high-profile merger investigations initiated by the European Commission and national competition authorities. Notable cases include Halliburton/BHI, where he advised Halliburton in the EU merger control filing and review of its proposed $34.6 billion acquisition of Baker Hughes; London Stock Exchange/Deutsche Börse; and Boeing’s proposed merger with Embraer. Andreas has represented several clients in antitrust investigations by the European Commission and national competition authorities, concerning both abuse of dominance and restrictive practices cases. In addition, he has broad experience advising clients on online distribution, pricing strategies, patents & licensing, and collaboration agreements. He works with several well-known brands and is currently involved in a number of high-profile cases, including the Google/Android case. Andreas receives high praise from clients for being ‘highly attentive’ and able to ‘quickly grasp the main issue, even when limited information is provided’ (Legal 500). Andreas also serves as a senior editor of the ABA Antitrust Committee’s Antitrust Law Journal. He previously served as Director of the Fordham Competition Law Institute at Fordham Law School, New York, and as a Principal Administrator at the OECD’s Competition Division. Prior to joining the OECD, Andreas worked for several years for a major international law firm in Brussels and Washington, DC, practising both EU competition law and US antitrust law.

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Andreas Reindl, Barbara Monti The French Competition Authority accepts a Big Tech company’s commitments to compensate publishers for the use of journalistic content (Google)

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On 21 June 2022, the French Competition Authority (“FCA”) announced that it accepted Google’s commitments related to compensating French publishers for the use of their journalistic content in a range of Google’s services. This brings to an end the FCA’s investigation into Google’s alleged abuse of (...)

Andreas Reindl, Barbara Monti The French Competition Authority accepts commitments from a social media platform to remedy competition concerns over a refusal to provide access to a marketing tool (Meta)

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On 16 June 2022, the French Competition Authority (“FCA”) announced that it accepted Meta’s commitments related to practices that would have raise competition concerns in the French market for non-search related online advertising. This clarifies the conditions of access to Meta’s partnership (...)

Andreas Reindl, Edoardo Canali, Giovanni Pregno, Rory Clarke The Spanish Competition Authority imposes a €4.9M fine on an energy grid and utility company for providing access to the grid on more favourable terms to its own downstream business than it does to rivals (Enel / Endesa)

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On 10 June 2022, the Spanish Competition Authority (“SCA”) found that Enel Green Power SL (“Enel”), and its parent company Endesa Generación SA (“Endesa”) infringed the Spanish national provision prohibiting abuses of dominant position by taking advantage of its dominant position in the market of (...)

Andreas Reindl, Margot Vogels The EU Court of Justice preliminarily rules that the ne bis in idem principle provides limited protection against sanctions following investigations of the same infringements of competition law (bpost) (Nordzucker)

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On 22 March 2022, the European Court of Justice (the “ECJ”) handed down two judgments highlighting that the European Union’s ne bis in idem principle – the equivalent to the protection against double jeopardy – provides only limited protection in competition law proceedings where the same conduct (...)

Margot Vogels, Andreas Reindl The EU General Court rules that the Commission must ensure a “best placed” national competition authority can safeguard fundamental rights (Sped-Pro)

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In its Sped-Pro judgment of 9 February 2022, the General Court of the European Union (“General Court”) for the first time examined the impact of deficiencies in the rule of law in an EU Member State on determining which competition authority in the EU is best placed to examine a complaint (...)

Andreas Reindl, Margot Vogels, Barbara Monti, Victor-Emanuel Ion The EU General Court affirms EU Commission’s decision to accept ’light-touch’ commitments from a Russian gas exporter to avoid a fine for anticompetitive behaviour and reverses another Commission decision with similar facts because the rationale was inadequate (Gazprom / Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo)

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Gazprom: General Court confirms Commission’s commitment decision but annuls a decision based on similar grounds to reject a complaint against Gazprom On 2 February 2022, the General Court of the European Union (the “Court”) issued two judgments which follow the European Commission’s (the (...)

Lynn Waem, Andreas Reindl The Dutch Competition Authority imposes periodic penalties on a Big Tech company for non-compliance with its earlier decision finding abuse of dominance against developers of dating apps by limiting their choice of a payment system (Apple)

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On 24 January 2022, the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (“ACM”) decided to impose periodic penalties on Apple for its failure to comply with a decision of 24 August 2021 requiring Apple to change its App Store payment rules. In that decision, the ACM found that Apple had abused its (...)

Margot Vogels, Andreas Reindl The EU Commission publishes its final report on the consumer Internet of Things ahead of the final ’DMA’ negotiations, indicating material competition concerns in digital assistant markets

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On 20 January 2022, the European Commission (“Commission”) issued its (short) final report on the sector inquiry into consumer Internet of Things (“Report”), along with an explanatory Commission staff working document. The Report identifies various practices that may limit competition and justify (...)

Margot Vogels, Andreas Reindl The EU General Court awards a telecommunications company €1.8 million in damages, finding that the Commission had wrongly refused to pay default interest on the portion of a fine that the company had initially paid for an infringement of competition rules (Deutsche Telekom)

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In a judgment of 19 January 2022, the General Court of the European Union (“Court”) awarded Deutsche Telekom AG (“DT”) € 1.8 million in damages, finding that the European Commission (“Commission”) had wrongly refused to pay default interest on the portion of a fine that DT had initially paid for an (...)

Andreas Reindl, Katharina Bongs The German Competition Authority determines that a Big Tech company is of paramount significance for competition across markets (Google / Alphabet)

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According to a press release of 5 January 2022, the German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) has decided that Alphabet Inc., including its subsidiary Google (“Google”), is of paramount significance for competition across markets pursuant to Section 19a of the German Act against Restraints of (...)

Margot Vogels, Andreas Reindl The EU Parliament and Council adopt amendments to the Commission’s proposal for negotiating the final text of the Digital Markets Act

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On 15 December 2021, the European Parliament (“Parliament”) adopted its position for negotiating the final text of the so-called Digital Markets Act (Regulation on contestable and fair markets in the digital sector)(“DMA”), shortly after the Council of the European Union (“Council”) had adopted its (...)

Giovanni Pregno, Barbara Monti, Andreas Reindl The Italian Competition Authority imposes record-breaking fine of € 1.1 billion on an e-commerce company for “self-preferencing” its own logistical services (Amazon)

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On 9 December 2021, the Italian Competition Authority (“ICA”) adopted a decision finding that the Amazon group (“Amazon”) had violated Article 102 TFEU and harmed competing providers of e-commerce logistics services by tying the right of retailers on the Amazon marketplace to participate in (...)

Margot Vogels, Andreas Reindl The EU Commission publishes draft guidelines on the application of EU competition law to collective agreements regarding working conditions of solo self-employed persons

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On 9 December 2021, the European Commission (“Commission”) approved a draft communication containing guidelines on the application of EU competition law to collective agreements regarding the working conditions of solo self-employed persons (“Draft Guidelines”). The Draft Guidelines reflect the (...)

Andreas Reindl, Margot Vogels, Emma Janson The EU Commission publishes a Communication on a competition policy which would support the transition to a sustainable, digital, and resilient European economy

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On 18 November 2021, the European Commission (“Commission”) published a communication on a competition policy fit for new challenges (“Communication”). There has been a significant push toward a more European Union-centred industrial policy which would support the transition to a sustainable, (...)

Andreas Reindl, Margot Vogels, Barbara Monti The EU General Court confirms that “self-preferencing” by a Big Tech company can infringe Article 102 TFEU (Google Shopping)

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On 10 November 2021, the European General Court (“EGC” or “Court”) delivered its landmark Google Shopping judgment, the first judicial pronouncement on “self-preferencing” as a viable theory of harm under Article 102 TFEU. The EGC fully endorsed the European Commission’s (“Commission”) decision that (...)

Andrzej Kmiecik, Andreas Reindl, Valérie Lefever, Margot Vogels The EU Commission publishes the draft revised Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and draft revised Guidelines on Vertical Restraints

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On 9 July 2021, the European Commission (“Commission”) published the draft revised Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (“Draft VBER”) and draft revised guidelines on vertical restraints (“Draft VGL”), a key step in the context of the revision of the current regime governing vertical agreements, set (...)

Andreas Reindl, Margot Vogels The EU Commission publishes an inception impact assessment about potential revisions to the research and development block exemption regulation and the specialisation block exemption regulation

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In the course of the ongoing review of the application of the EU competition rules to horizontal cooperation agreements, the European Commission (“Commission”) published on 7 June 2021 an inception impact assessment (“IIA”) in relation to potential revisions to the Research and Development Block (...)

Maria-Olga Papadopoulou, Margot Vogels, Andreas Reindl The French Competition Authority accepts proposed settlement with a Big Tech company regarding online advertising practices and imposes a €220M fine for self-preferencing in the market for online display advertising (Google AdX / Google DoubleClick for Publishers)

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In a decision of 7 June 2021, the French Competition Authority (“FCA”) accepted a proposed settlement by Google LLC and Google Ireland Ltd (“Google”) with respect to certain online advertising practices. The decision also imposed a € 220 million fine on Google as it concluded that Google’s (...)

Giovanni Pregno, Andreas Reindl The Italian Competition Authority imposes a €102 million fine on a Big Tech company for abusing its dominant position by refusing to feature a competitor’s app on its digital platform (Google / Enel X)

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On 27 April 2021, the Italian Competition Authority (“ICA”) imposed a fine of over € 102 million on Alphabet Inc., Google LLC and Google Italy S.r.l. (collectively, “Google”) after concluding that Google had infringed Article 102 TFEU by refusing to include in Google’s own Android Auto app a third (...)

Laura Lehoczky-Deckers, Andreas Reindl, Katharina Bongs The Munich Regional Court issues two preliminary injunctions regarding a cooperation agreement that has the effect of restricting competition on the market for health portals (Google / German Ministry of Health)

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On 20 January 2021, the Regional Court of Munich I (the “Court”) issued two preliminary injunctions against Google Ireland Ltd. (“Google”) and the Federal Republic of Germany, represented by the German Federal Ministry of Health (“the Ministry”), at the request of health platform NetDoktor.de (...)

Anna Jorna, Andreas Reindl The EU Court of Justice AG Saugmandsgaard Øe considers that the special jurisdiction rule for tort disputes under Brussels I Bis applies to civil liability actions based on an infringement of competition law (Wikingerhof / Booking.com)

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On 10 September 2020, Advocate General Saugmandsgaard Øe rendered his non-binding opinion in the context of a preliminary reference request from the German Federal Court of Justice on the interpretation of Article 7(2) of Regulation 1215/2012 (“Brussels I Bis”). This Article provides that in (...)

Andreas Reindl, Argyris Papaefthymiou The UK Competition Authority publishes its final report on online platforms and digital marketing and calls for a new pro-competitive regulatory regime

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On 1 July 2020, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) published its final report on its year-long market study into online platforms and the digital advertising market in the UK. The CMA found that existing competition law tools are not suitable for ensuring effective competition in (...)

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