Zepos & Yannopoulos (Athens)

Ellie Gavriilidou

Zepos & Yannopoulos (Athens)
Lawyer (Associate)

Ellie focuses on competition and antitrust law. Her practice covers a wide range of matters pertaining to EU, Greek and UK competition law, and she assists clients on issues related to cartels, vertical agreements, merger control and state aid. Ellie is admitted before the Court of First Instance. Prior to joining us, Ellie worked with a London antitrust boutique firm. She was admitted to the Athens Bar Association in 2019 and joined us in 2020.

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Stamatis Drakakakis, Argyrios Papaefthymiou, Ellie Gavriilidou The EU Commission intends to change its approach towards referrals to the EU from national competition authorities for merger control

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On 11 September 2020, Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager announced during the International Bar Association’s 24th Annual Competition Conference, that the Commission intends to change its approach towards referrals to the EU from national competition authorities. Commissioner Vestager (...)

Stamatis Drakakakis, Argyrios Papaefthymiou, Ellie Gavriilidou The EU Commission investigates into the merger between a big tech company and a health and fitness retail company (Fitbit / Google)

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On 15 June 2020, Google notified the Commission its intention to acquire Fitbit. A month later, it submitted commitments to address the Commission’s concerns that the proposed transaction would further entrench Google’s market position in the online advertising markets by increasing the already (...)

Stamatis Drakakakis, Argyrios Papaefthymiou, Ellie Gavriilidou The EU Commission starts a market test inviting comments from interested parties on commitments offered by a pharmaceutical company who had abused its dominant position (Aspen)

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On 14 July 2020 the European Commission started a market test inviting comments from interested parties on commitments offered by Aspen Pharmacare Holdings. The Commission had opened an investigation in May 2017 over concerns that Aspen had abused its dominant position in a range of national (...)

Stamatis Drakakakis, Ellie Gavriilidou, Argyrios Papaefthymiou The EU Commission seeks stakeholders comments to obtain market investigation powers in the form of a “New Competition Tool”

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On 2 June 2020, the European Commission announced the launch of a public consultation and published an Inception Impact Assessment on an envisaged “New Competition Tool”, which would effectively amount to the Commission acquiring market investigation powers, akin to the ones already held by (...)

Stamatis Drakakakis, Argyrios Papaefthymiou, Ellie Gavriilidou The EU General Court annuls the Commission’s prohibition of the merger between two telecommunications companies and clarifies the application of the SIEC test to non-coordinated effects in oligopolistic markets (Hutchison 3G / Telefonica)

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On 28 May 2020, the EU General Court issued a ruling annulling the European Commission’s decision prohibiting the proposed acquisition of Telefónica UK by Hutchison 3G UK. The Commission had examined this transaction as a “four-to-three” merger and had blocked it in 2016, in line with its generally (...)

Stamatis Drakakakis, Argyrios Papaefthymiou, Ellie Gavriilidou The EU Commission issues guidelines concerning foreign direct investment and free movement of capital from third countries to protect EU critical assets

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On 25 March 2020, the European Commission issued Guidance concerning foreign direct investment and free movement of capital from third countries, and the protection of Europe’s strategic assets, ahead of the application of Regulation (EU) 2019/452 (the “FDI Screening Regulation”) in October 2020. (...)

Stamatis Drakakakis, Argyrios Papaefthymiou, Ellie Gavriilidou The EU Court of Justice renders a preliminary ruling stating that a dispute between an originator and a generics manufacturer constitutes evidence that they are potential competitors (Generics - UK / GlaxoSmithKline / Actavis / Xellia Pharmaceuticals / Merck / Alpharma)

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On 30 January 2020, the Court of Justice of the EU rendered its preliminary ruling in Case C-307/18 – Generics (UK) and Others v CMA (Paroxetine). The case originated in a preliminary reference made by the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) relating to an appeal against a decision of the UK (...)

Stamatis Drakakakis, Ellie Gavriilidou, Argyrios Papaefthymiou The EU Court of Justice clarifies the Commission’s investigative powers regarding dawn raids (České dráhy)

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Recent judgements by Court of Justice of the EU provide important clarifications regarding the European Commission’s powers and obligations when conducting dawn raids. On 30 January 2020, the Court of Justice handed down a judgment dismissing two appeals by České dráhy, a.s. against General Court (...)

Stamatis Drakakakis, Argyrios Papaefthymiou, Ellie Gavriilidou The EU Commission fines €14.3 million a film production company for restricting the sale of merchandising products (NBCUniversal)

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On 30 January 2020, the European Commission fined NBCUniversal EUR14,3 million for restricting intellectual property licensees from selling licensed merchandise within the EEA to territories and customers beyond those allocated to them. The Commission found that for over six and a half years, (...)

Stamatis Drakakakis, Argyrios Papaefthymiou, Ellie Gavriilidou The UK Competition Authority publishes a guidance aiming to explain the arrangements applicable during the Brexit transition period

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On 31 January 2020, the UK formally exited the European Union, following the conclusion of a Withdrawal Agreement between the two. A transition period is in force from 1 February 2020 to 31 December 2020 (subject to extension), during which EU competition law (and EU law in general) will (...)

Stamatis Drakakakis, Argyrios Papaefthymiou, Ellie Gavriilidou The EU General Court overturns the Commission’s decision ordering the Netherlands to recover illegal State aid from a coffee company (Starbucks)

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On 24 September 2019, the General Court delivered its judgments in the first two individual tax ruling cases involving transfer pricing within multinationals, providing important guidance on the application of the arm’s length principle in the context of State aid investigations concerning tax (...)

Stamatis Drakakakis, Argyrios Papaefthymiou, Ellie Gavriilidou The EU Commission publishes its decision to fine a Big Tech company for abuse of dominant position in the market for mobile devices operating systems (Google Android)

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On 20 September 2020 the European Commission published its long-awaited 327-page explanation of its decision to fine Google €4.34 billion for illegal practices regarding Android mobile devices. The text provides a detailed analysis of some of the most interesting aspects of the decision, (...)

Stamatis Drakakakis, Argyrios Papaefthymiou, Ellie Gavriilidou The EU Commission fines a Japanese retail and designs company for restricting cross-border sales and online sales (Sanrio)

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On 9 July 2019, the Commission fined Sanrio, a Japanese company that designs, produces and sells “Hello Kitty” products, EUR6.2 million for breaching Article 101 TFEU by imposing territorial restrictions on cross-border and online sales of merchandising products featuring Hello Kitty and other (...)

Stamatis Drakakakis, Argyrios Papaefthymiou, Ellie Gavriilidou The EU Commission opens a formal investigation to examine whether an online retail platform’s use of sensitive data from independent retailers infringes competition rules (Amazon)

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On 17 July 2019, the European Commission opened a formal investigation to examine whether Amazon’s use of sensitive data from independent retailers selling on the platform infringes EU competition rules. Amazon’s dual role, i.e. as a retailer selling on the platform and as the provider of the (...)

Stamatis Drakakakis, Argyrios Papaefthymiou, Ellie Gavriilidou The EU Commission fines a Japanese imaging manufacturer for gun jumping by way of a two-step warehousing structure (Canon / Toshiba)

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On 27 June 2019, the European Commission fined Canon EUR28 million for the pre-clearance implementation of its acquisition of Toshiba Medical Systems (TMSC) through the use of a two-step “warehousing” deal structure. In step one, Toshiba transferred 95% of the shares in TMSC in a SPV indirectly (...)

Stamatis Drakakakis, Argyrios Papaefthymiou, Ellie Gavriilidou The EU General Court annuls the Commission’s decision on State aid regarding a Romanian food and beverages company (Micula)

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On 18 June 2019, the General Court of the European Union handed down its long-awaited judgment in the Micula case ruling that Romania’s payment of the €178 million award constituted illegal State aid. Romania, prior to its EU accession in 2005, implemented a pack of measures aiming to avoid (...)

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