With the New Year only a few days old, we want to present a short outlook what to expect from European antitrust enforcement in 2018, with a particular focus on Germany. One theme that is likely to feature even more than last year is the impact of antitrust law on digital markets. Antitrust law has become a force for disruption in the world of tech. Multi-billion fines for online platforms which are considered not to be sufficiently neutral. Dawn raids for denied access to data. Transactions blocked or unwound if a unicorn is acquired by the wrong player.
The SEC has issued a report clarifying that companies can use social media to announce key information without violating Regulation FD, provided they alert investors about which social media outlets they will use for their disclosures. The SEC report stems from an investigation into a 43-word message that the CEO of Netflix, Reed Hastings, posted on
Proposals are on the table in both the US and EU for major changes to the privacy law framework in each region. On April 27th, the Future of Privacy Forum think tank (which was founded and is co-chaired by Hogan Lovells Privacy and Information Management Partner Christopher Wolf) hosted a trans-Atlantic policy dialogue at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo