Pierre Kobel

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Pierre is a recognized specialist in Switzerland in the field of Competition Law and Intellectual Property. He presided the Swiss Competition Law Association (ASAS) from 2004 to 2009, and he is still a member of the board. He was General Reporter of the International League of Competition Law (LIDC) for October 2011 until October 2013 and was a member of the board of the LIDC. He is also recognised practitioner in dispute resolution and acted as vice-chair of the Swiss Attorney Federation Committee on Mediation from 2002 until 2013. He belongs to a number of professional associations such as the Swiss Arbitration Association, ABA, AGDA, ADE, AIPPI, AROPI, UIA, etc.

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Pierre Kobel The cooperation agreement between the European Union and Switzerland concerning the application of their competition laws is in force since the 1st of December 2014

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NB: This article will be published in Concurrences N° 2-2014, Case comments: International Policy The Agreement between the European Union and Switzerland concerning cooperation on the application of their competition laws came into force on December 1, 2014 (hereafter “Cooperation Agreement” (...)

Pierre Kobel The Swiss Competition Commission fines car manufacturer for preventing parallel imports by prohibiting its authorised dealers within the EEA from selling new cars to customers located in Switzerland (BMW)

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Introduction On May 7, 2012, the Swiss Competition Commission made the most striking of a series of decisions regarding vertical restraints leading to the condemnation of BMW to the payment of a fine of CHF 156’868’150, that is approximately € 130’000’000. The case is about the refusal by BMW (...)

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Pierre Kobel Switzerland: The Swiss Competition Commission publishes guidelines about the interpretation of vertical agreements and modifies its previous Communication regarding vertical arrangements following the GABA ruling of the Swiss Supreme Court (GABA)

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Le 27 juin 2017, la ComCo a publié sur son site, deux nouveaux textes, soit une modification de sa “Communication concernant l’appréciation des accords verticaux (Communication sur les accords verticaux, CommVert), décision de la ComCo du 28 juin 2010”, et une “Note explicative sur la Communication (...)

Pierre Kobel Switzerland: The Swiss Supreme Court confirms that tax authorities may refuse to operate a deduction with sentences of criminal nature already imposed on legal persons, which could cover competition law fines (AC Treuhand)

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Il s’agit ici des derniers soubresauts en Suisse d’une affaire qui a occupé pendant de nombreuses années les instances de l’Union européenne et qui porte sur l’illicéité de la participation d’un tiers non acteur sur le marché en cause, à la gestion et au fonctionnement du cartel des stabilisants d’étain. (...)

Pierre Kobel Switzerland: The Swiss Supreme Court offers an interpretation of the legal presumptions of illegality set forth in the Swiss Cartel Act leading to the recognition of infringements by object, which may be sanctioned unless justified on grounds of economic effectiveness (Colgate-Palmolive ; Gebro Pharma)

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Il aura fallu pratiquement neuf mois au Tribunal fédéral pour publier les considérants de la décision prise en son principe et après audience publique le 28 juin 2016, puisque ce n’est que le 21 avril dernier que ces deux arrêts ont été divulgués sur le site Internet du Tribunal fédéral. La décision (...)

Pierre Kobel Switzerland: The Federal Administrative Court applies different standards in relation to hardcore vertical restraints (BMW, Altimum)

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L’an passé, le Tribunal administratif fédéral (ci-après “le TAF”), soit le tribunal qui a le pouvoir de revoir les décisions de la Commission de la concurrence (ci-après “la Comco”) avec plénitude de juridiction, a rendu deux arrêts en matière d’accords verticaux, l’un porte sur une restriction territoriale (...)

Pierre Kobel EU - Switzerland : The European Union and Switzerland reach the agreement concerning the application of their competition laws entering into force on the 1st of December 2014

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Agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation concerning cooperation on the application of their competition laws, OJ L 347/57 p. 3 The Agreement between the European Union and Switzerland concerning cooperation on the application of their competition laws came into force on (...)

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