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Last week the business press reported on difficulties in the planned purchase of German companies by Chinese investors. Pursuant to the reports, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy revoked the initially granted certificate of non-objection for the acquisition of Aixtron. Moreover, the Ministry apparently also denied to issue a certificate of non-objection for the acquisition of Osram’s lamp division Ledvance.

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Dr. Roland M. Stein and Dr. Anna Blume Huttenlauch spoke about public procurement and antitrust compliance at a conference organised by forum vergabe e.V. The conference took place on 12 October 2016 in Berlin.

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Based on independent surveys Roland Stein, Pascal Friton, and Hans-Joachim Prieß were ranked among the best lawyers in “Government Contracts” in Germany by Who’s Who Legal 2016.

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Article on the Facebook investigation by Dr. Anna Blume Huttenlauch published in Competition Policy International of 15 August 2016

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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has recently emphasised the importance of the general principles of EU law – in particular the principle of proportionality – for the interpretation of the excise duty directives. The fact-based and flexible interpretation is a welcome development and should lead to a limitation of the overly formal interpretation of excise duty legislation in many EU member states, based on a proper assessment of individual cases.

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Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides recognizes two BLOMSTEIN partners as rising stars. Roland Stein (for International Trade), for the second consecutive time, and Max Klasse (for Competition and Antitrust) have been named “Rising Stars” in the 2016 edition of the Guide to Leading Attorneys – Expert Guides.

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In spite of adverse publicity on Iranian nuclear procurement activities and the Iranian rocket program in the last couple of days, a snap back of the lifted sanctions against Iran is currently not pending.

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The New German Cultural Property Protection Act will enter into force by 1 August 2016. Click here to read an article on the new law by Anna Blume Huttenlauch, which was published on 8 July 2016 in Süddeutsche Zeitung.

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The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has presented its long awaited proposal for the draft legislation implementing the European Commission’s damages directive (the Directive) into German law (link). The draft legislation (the Proposal) is part of a wider reform of the German Act against Restraints of Competition (ARC), which addresses the following aspects:

  • Implementation of the Directive

  • Closing the so-called “sausage gap”

  • Dealing with certain challenges brought about by digital transformation.


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Aside from the political, social, cultural and economic dimensions that have been debated extensively over the past months, the vote of the British people to leave the EU will have legal implications that cannot be fully grasped yet in their full scope. Nonetheless, companies on both sides of the channel must already prepare today.

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