Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)

William Haig

Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
Lawyer (Associate)

William Haig focuses on EU competition law as well as EU regulatory law. In the field of competition law, William has experience in the areas of cartel investigations, cartel follow-on claims and EU merger control. William also has experience of trade law in the areas of trade sanctions and export control developments and the effect of Brexit on trade tariffs.

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Articles

1698 Bulletin

William Haig The UK Competition Authority publishes final report in its funeral market investigation and orders funeral directors and crematorium operators to disclose prices

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On 18 December 2020, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) published the final report of its market investigation into funeral services. The CMA said that it had serious concerns about the sector and it has put in place a number of “sunlight” remedies designed to make the sector more (...)

William Haig The UK Supreme Court sends back to the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal a £14 billion class action lawsuit against a credit card company (Merricks / Mastercard)

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On 11 December 2020, the UK’s Supreme Court sent a planned £ 14 billion class action lawsuit against Mastercard back to the Competition Appeal Tribunal (“CAT”) for review. This is the first collective proceedings case of this kind to reach the Supreme Court and it addresses important questions (...)

William Haig The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal dismisses a social media company’s appeal against an order of the Competition Authority preventing a merger (Facebook / Giphy)

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On 13 November 2020, the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal (“CAT”) dismissed Facebook’s appeal against an order by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) preventing Facebook from integrating with Giphy, a company it had acquired while the CMA conducted its investigation into the (...)

William Haig The UK Government publishes its National Security and Investment Bill

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On 11 November 2020, the UK Government published the National Security and Investment Bill (“NSIB”). The NSIB proposes the introduction of a standalone foreign direct investment (“FDI”) regime for the first time in the UK. It introduces a hybrid mandatory and voluntary notification regime with (...)

William Haig The UK Competition Authority and Serious Fraud Office sign a memorandum of understanding allowing the two regulators to investigate and prosecute individuals in criminal cartel cases

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On 22 October 2020, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) and the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) signed a memorandum of understanding (“MoU”) allowing the two regulators to investigate and/or prosecute individuals in criminal cartel cases. Under UK competition law the most serious (...)

William Haig The UK Competition Authority fines a sports manufacturer and its parent company for breach of merger-freeze order with a footwear retailer (JD Sports / Footasylum)

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On 5 August 2020, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (the “CMA”) fined JD Sports and its parent company Pentland Group £300,000 for failing to comply with an initial enforcement order (“IEO”) imposed with regard to JD Sports’ completed merger with footwear retailer Footasylum. The CMA found JD (...)

William Haig, Porter Elliott, Catherine Gordley The EU General Court annuls the Commission’s decision prohibiting the acquisition of two telecommunication companies (Telefónica UK / Hutchison 3G UK)

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1. Summary On 28 May 2020, the EU General Court handed down a ruling annulling the European Commission’s (“Commission”) decision prohibiting the proposed acquisition of Telefónica UK (“O2”) by Hutchison 3G UK (“Three”). The ruling has potentially significant implications for mergers in the telecoms (...)

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