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Antitrust Resources

Drawing on our vast deal and case experience, Shearman & Sterling has developed this Resources page, which provides a wide array of substantive and practical information on our antitrust and competition practice. Please review some of the informative materials we regularly publish as a value-added service to our clients, as well as information on upcoming events and details of recent activities and newsworthy items.

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Shearman & Sterling Advises Shareholders on Sale of MeinAuto GmbH

Shearman & Sterling advised the previous shareholders of MeinAuto GmbH, including Holtzbrinck Ventures GmbH, Global Founders Capital GmbH & Co., Beteiligungs KG Nr. 1, Vorwerk Direct Selling Ventures GmbH and Herrn Nicolas Leutwiler, on the sale of their shares to the U.K. investment firm HgCapital.

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DENAE Conference - Mercado Único Digital

Counsel Paolisa Nebbia (Rome-Antitrust) will speak about “Licensing of Audiovisual Content in the Digital Single Market” at the DENAE conference titled “Mercado Único Digital” in Madrid on December 14, 2017.

GCR Live London 2017

Partner James Webber (London-Antitrust) will participate in the panel “From Now Until 2019: Advice for the Short Term” at the GCR Live London conference on November 30, 2017. The panel will discuss what advice should be given to clients regarding antitrust issues with Brexit on its way.

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Coty Case: Luxury Brands Can Restrict Online Sale via Marketplaces Such as Amazon

On December 6, 2017, the European Court of Justice (“the Court”) handed down its preliminary ruling in the Coty case confirming that a manufacturer operating a selective distribution system of luxury goods is allowed to prohibit online sales via third-party platforms such as Amazon under certain conditions.[1] The judgment was delivered in the context of a dispute between Coty Germany GmbH, a supplier of luxury cosmetics established in Germany, and Parfümerie Akzente GmbH, an authorized distributor of those goods, concerning the prohibition, under a selective distribution contract between Coty Germany and its authorized distributors, of the use by the latter, in a discernible manner, of third-party undertakings for internet sales of the contract goods. Coty brought an action before the German courts, which on appeal referred the question to the Court.