Beginning Tuesday, 09 September 2014 12:30
End Tuesday, 09 September 2014 14:00
Location Boulevard Bischoffsheim 11, 1000, Brussels, Belgium
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On 13 May 2009, the European Commission adopted a decision finding that Intel Corporation infringed Article 82 of the EC Treaty by abusing its dominant position on the x86 central processing unit (CPU) market. The decision imposed a fine of EUR 1.06 billion and obliged Intel to cease the identified illegal practices, to the extent that they are ongoing, and not to engage in the same or equivalent practices in the future.

With the Judgment in Case T-286/09 (Intel Corp. v Commission) The General Court upholds the fine of € 1.06 billion imposed on Intel for having abused its dominant position on the market for x86 central processing units between 2002 and 2007.

While the Court does review (and upholds) the Commission’s conclusion that Intel’s conduct was capable of restricting competition, it also points to settled case law  establishing that  Intel’s conduct could be  presumed illegal in any event. The Intel judgment is undoubtedly a significant court victory for the Commission in one of the most pivotal antitrust cases of the past decade.

Mr. Nicholas Banasevic, Head of Unit C3, Antitrust IT, Internet and Consumer electronics, will address the next Competition & Trade task force briefing, illustrating which lessons can be learned from this judgement, and its effects on art. 102 TFEU and business practices by firms with strong market power.

With regard to this point, open questions are: do the A102 guidelines remain a good guide to DG Comp’s post-Intel priorities? Is there room for economics in art. 102 rebates analysis?

Nicholas Banasevic is a Head of Unit in DG Competition of the European Commission, responsible for antitrust in the field of IT, the internet and consumer electronics. In this role he is Case Manager of the Commission's ongoing Google investigation and was Case Manager of the Commission's Motorola and Samsung investigations. Prior to that, he was Deputy Head of Unit in the Mergers unit for Financial Services of DG Competition, where he was responsible for managing merger cases in the fields of financial services and pharmaceuticals, and was the Case Manager for the Deutsche Börse/NYSE Euronext merger case. Mr. Banasevic previously worked in the same Unit of DG Competition where he is now Head of Unit, first as a Case Officer and then as Deputy Head of Unit - he was a member of the team that was responsible for the Commission's 2004 Microsoft Decision and was the Case Manager for the Commission's Intel and Rambus cases.

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Head of Unit in DG Competition | European Commission

Nicholas Banasevic is Head of Unit in DG Competition of the European Commission of the unit responsible for antitrust in the field of IT, the internet and consumer electronics. He is Case Manager of the Commission's Google investigations and was Case Manager of the Commission's Qualcomm, Motorola, Samsung, Intel and Rambus investigations. He previously worked in the same Unit as a Case Officer where he was a member of the team that was responsible for the Commission's 2004 Microsoft Decision and the follow-up to that. He has also been Deputy Head of Unit in the Mergers unit for Financial Services of DG Competition, where he was responsible for managing merger cases in the fields of financial services and pharmaceuticals, and was the Case Manager for the Deutsche Börse/NYSE Euronext case.

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